The Week in Reviews, Op. 199: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn, Daniel Hope

September 25, 2017, 10:28 AM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Anne-Sophie Mutter performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony.

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter. Photo by Monika Höfler.

Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Chicago Symphony.

Hilary Hahn performed the Dvorák with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Hope premiered the Alan Fletcher Violin Concerto with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

Christian Tetzlaff performed the Brahms with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Daishin Kashimoto performed the Mendelssohn with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Finally, it's not a violin performance, but a play somewhat inspired by Philippe Quint leaving his violin in an airport taxi has premiered Off Broadway.

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September 26, 2017 at 05:09 AM · Mutter’s violin concerto was totally out of sync with the orchestra, and she simply couldn’t control slow, high tones especially in the first movement. I don’t understand why audiences gave her ovation as it was one of the worst performance I’ve ever seen at Chicago Symphony Center. Maestro Muti seemed unpassionate, while the orchestra did their best to salvage the performance.

September 26, 2017 at 03:34 PM · Was this the Tchaik, or the Mozart?

September 26, 2017 at 11:35 PM · "Ingratiating" is apparently the word of the week.

September 27, 2017 at 06:11 PM · I am in complete agreement with the earlier comment: Mutter's performance/interpretation of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto was one of the worst I have ever heard. The first mvt was somewhat schizophrenic, in both style and tempo. Much of the slow second mvt was played with either NO vibrato at all or with an extreme vibrato; abruptly switching from one to the other. And the third mvt was more of the same harshness. Overall, the piece lacked beauty and romanticism - it came across as unsettling, disjointed, and steely. What a disappointment, particularly because she has such amazing ability and technical prowess. Sadly, it was not at all like the Anne-Sophie I grew up admiring. I think that Ann-Sophie has started to put herself above the music that she is performing. I do respect that there is room for a performer's own spin or interpretation of a piece of music, but I feel she grossly abused that privilege on both occasions.

September 30, 2017 at 06:54 PM · DITTO for her performance in Buffalo the previous week.

September 30, 2017 at 10:25 PM · Let the public hear it! We can make our own decisions. She is so, so attractive. That helps.

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