Performance Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 8 PM

Anne-Sophie Mutter

The Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Washington Post wrote of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, “She plays anything and everything, with scalding beauty.” Ms. Mutter performs sonatas by Beethoven and Franck, while continuing her commitment to living composers in works written for her by Sebastian Currier and André Previn.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
  • Lambert Orkis, Piano
  • Roman Patkoló, Double Bass


  • SEBASTIAN CURRIER Ringtone Variations (US Premiere)
  • ANDRÉ PREVIN Tango Song and Dance
  • FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major
  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"


Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Lambert Orkis, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

SEBASTIAN CURRIER  Ringtone Variations

Scored for the unusual combination of violin and double bass, Ringtone Variations is the latest of several works that American composer Sebastian Currier has written for Anne-Sophie Mutter. In basing his piece on a generic cellphone ringtone, Currier characteristically blends an icon of contemporary culture with a more traditional musical element—in this case, Baroque variation form.

ANDRÉ PREVIN  Tango Song and Dance

André Previn has long straddled the worlds of popular and classical music. In Tango Song and Dance, a languorous pop-style ballad is bracketed by a pair of explosively exuberant dances. Dedicated to Ms. Mutter, this engaging showpiece showcases the violinist’s versatile virtuosity as well as her expressive lyricism.

CÉSAR FRANCK  Violin Sonata in A Major

The luxuriantly romantic Violin Sonata in A Major is considered by many to be Franck’s masterpiece. Composed for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, it has been enthusiastically appropriated by cellists, violists, and flutists as well. The sonata’s centerpiece is a freely declamatory slow movement in which the two players meditate upon previously presented material.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

The bracingly virtuosic “Kreutzer” is the last of nine sonatas for violin and piano that Beethoven composed between 1797 and 1803. By rights, it should be called the “Bridgetower” Sonata, since Beethoven wrote it for English violinist George Bridgetower. After the two men had a falling out, the composer switched the dedication to French virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer—who, ironically, never played it in public.


Anne-Sophie Mutter Introduces Her 2014-2015 Perspectives Series

Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter
This performance is part of Great Artists II, and Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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