BEIJING, June 30 -- When German violinist
Anne-Sophie Mutter performed Mozart's sonatas at her Beijing recital on Tuesday, the
result was a combination of a great composer's charismatic notes and an
outstanding player executing them.
While strictly adhering to Mozart's structure and
spirit, Mutter showed her unique treatment of details, especially with the
pizzicato in "Violin Sonata in G Major, K 454" and the contrasting tones in
"Violin Sonata in E Minor, K 304."
Held at the Century Theatre of Beijing, this recital
was dedicated to Mozart, whom Mutter describes as "the composer I have grown up
with, who was always there waiting for me at every juncture of my career."
Mutter was born in Baden, Germany, and made her debut
at the age of 13, playing Mozart's "Concerto No 3 in G Major, K 216" with
Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg.
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart's
birth, as well as the 30th anniversary of Mutter's debut, so she devoted three
sets of CDs and a series of concerts around the world in commemoration.
Beijing is the last leg of Mutter's whirlwind tour of
Asia, where she has a loyal fan base. Beginning on June 16 in Tokyo, she has
performed in Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Taipei, Tainan and Hsin Chu.
This is her third visit to Beijing, after a solo
recital in 1997 and a concert with China National Symphony Orchestra in 1999.
Though the group of Western classical music listeners
are proportionally small in China, Mutter is esteemed in the circle.
"Mutter's technique is hard to rival, but her
technique always subjects to musical expression," said Beijing-based music
critic Wang Jiyan. "A guardian of the art of classical music, Mutter's playing
has a power to enlighten one's soul."
For the concerts in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing,
Mutter performed five of Mozart's violin sonatas with pianist Lambert Orkis,
while in Guangzhou she performed two of Mozart's violin concertos with Guangzhou
Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yu Long.
"It was a wonderful experience to feel and relive
Mozart's music with musicians in Guangzhou," said Mutter. "After rehearsing and
communicating with each other, we were able to give the audience something new.
I enjoyed that."
Mutter also had somewhat of an unpleasant experience
while touring China. In Shanghai, on June 19, she asked a man in the audience to
leave the concert hall because he was taking photos and distracting her
The incident didn't seem to affect the rest of that
concert and the rest of the tour. Mutter said that though such occasions are
rare in her career, they do happen sometimes.
The tour apparently gives Mutter an opportunity to
know more about China. She said that she grew up with more knowledge about
China's political issues, but would like to learn more about Chinese culture and
Mutter once explained that she likes to play with
musicians who have very different ideas so that they grow together, like yin and
yang, the opposing principles in nature according to traditional Chinese
"The world is closer nowadays in terms of
communication and culture," said Mutter. "I'm looking forward to many more
visits to China."
(Source: China.org.cn )