anything different to music.”
Mutter, of course, has been an international star since she made her recording debut thirty years ago. Since then she’s performed every standard-repertoire work for her instrument and premiered new works by the best contemporary composers. She’s also recorded every standard-repertoire work and many of the new ones, first with Herbert von Karajan and later with Kurt Masur and André Previn. And for her services, Mutter’s won three Grammys and bears the Austrian Honor Cross, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic, First Class.
But all that doesn’t necessarily mean Mutter can still bring anything new, important, and different to the music she plays. Indeed, while many critics praise her glorious tone, her sumptuous intonation, and her passionate attack, others say Mutter has been trading on her reputation for years—that despite her supreme virtuosity, she has nothing new, much less important or different, to say.
Ann Arbor music lovers may judge for themselves when Mutter appears in Hill Auditorium with the Camerata Salzburg on Sunday, October 19. Mutter is, of course, already quite familiar to local audiences. Since her debut here in 1989, she’s performed in Ann Arbor roughly every five years since. This appearance will be her fifth.