This week violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter arrives with her longtime recital partner Lambert Orkis for a daring Sunday afternoon program. The concert begins with a sonata by Mozart in which the composer shows off his ability to stretch the conventions and boundaries of his day. Never mind that the second piece, Schubert’s C Major Fantasy, is the composer’s only large-scale work for violin and piano, it’s one of the most important works of its kind. Anne-Sophie Mutter brings a personal connection with the third piece. Celebrating Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski at one hundred, Ms. Mutter and Mr. Orkis will play the Partita for Violin and Piano, a piece in which she collaborated with the composer. Finally, the program concludes with a firebrand showpiece by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Anne-Sophie Mutter spoke with WFMT’s Noel Morris about Sunday’s program and about that fateful September visit in which the Chicago Symphony Ball tottered on the brink of ruin, when she stepped up to conduct the orchestra (you may recall Maestro Riccardo Muti was too sick to go on).
Hear the complete interview. The conversation begins with a recollection of Ms. Mutter’s day as Guest Host on WFMT:
Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis perform their recital at Symphony Center on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00 PM.