Performance Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 8 PM

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Mutter Virtuosi

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is the soloist and leader of the Mutter Virtuosi, an ensemble of young students and professional string players who are alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. This celebration of daring string writing features the US premiere of André Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s set of violin concertos offering vivid depictions of bird song, summer storms, hunting horns, barking dogs, and slippery ice.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Mutter Virtuosi
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin and Leader


  • BACH Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
  • ANDRÉ PREVIN Violin Concerto No. 2 (US Premiere)
  • VIVALDI The Four Seasons


Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (Danza pastorale)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Trondheim Soloists
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043

Bach’s music for solo violin, both unaccompanied and in ensemble, attests to his proficiency on string as well as keyboard instruments. Although he wrote numerous violin concertos, only three have come down to us: two for solo violin and the ever-popular D-minor “double” concerto, all scored for an orchestra of strings alone. Bach modeled his concertos on Vivaldi’s, using ritornello form in the fast outer movements.

ANDRÉ PREVIN  Violin Concerto No. 2

Previn’s Second Violin Concerto, with a strings-and-harpsichord scoring that reflects Vivaldi’s famous concertos, is also his second dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter. Previn’s piece occupies a Baroque footprint; much in the actual writing has a Baroque feel, too, including the stepwise movements of the parts and the collective behavior of the accompanying ensemble, which itself includes a group of soloists.

ANTONIO VIVALDI  The Four Seasons, Op. 8, Nos. 1–4

Vivaldi’s name is virtually synonymous with these four dazzling and richly atmospheric works, which were published in 1725 in a collection of 12 concertos titled The Contest Between Harmony and Invention. Early specimens of “program” music, each concerto in The Four Seasons was prefaced by a sonnet intended, in the composer’s words, as “a very clear statement of all the things that unfold in them.” Scintillating pyrotechnics and subtle tonal effects make Vivaldi’s masterpiece a feast for the ears.


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