Mutter took the absolute lead role. The orchestra could do nothing but step aside


Dit was like looking into another person’s total experience to experience 57-year-old Anne-Sophie Mutter as a soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on Thursday night. A work she has played hundreds of times, and which she, according to her own statement, cultivated intensely from her early teens and all the years of the 1980s and constantly added new details and different, wild violin effects. Up to a point where today it has become a little too much of a good thing, so on Thursday it was difficult to feel a holistic view in the 40 minutes of music with Mutter’s countless small technical variations.

The stage was otherwise set with a corona-exposed celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the man’s four works for violin and orchestra on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s little ‘Romance for violin and orchestra, no. 1’ and his large violin concerto – in combination with the 4th symphony by Johannes Brahms – could easily be a deja-vu for those experienced in the hall with Mutter in a strapless dress and the depressed eyes, both of which have been central elements of her image for more than 40 years.

Where was the resistance from the orchestra?


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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