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Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter's conversation with Classical WETA evening host James Jacobs was recorded on February 1, 2020, backstage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts just a couple of hours before she performed an all-Beethoven recital with her longtime collaborator Lambert Orkis on piano, featuring the Violin Sonatas 4 in a minor op. 23, 5 in F op. 24 ("Spring"), and op. 47 in A ("Kreutzer"). She had planned to be an ambassador for Beethoven throughout all of 2020 in honor of the composer's 250th birthday and had concerts scheduled all over the world, but all the concerts after late March were canceled due to the pandemic. While the focus of this wide-ranging interview is on Beethoven, both the man and his music, other topics include her interpretive insights, nature, NASA (prompted by a photo of Apollo XI on the wall of the studio where this was recorded), her education initiatives, and her collaborations with Mr. Orkis, John Williams (with whom she recently recorded an album of his film music with the Vienna Philharmonic) and ex-husband Andre Previn.