Anne-Sophie Mutter & Sir Antonio Pappano

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

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The most famous violin concerto of them all meets the world’s most renowned violinist: there’s little left to say, and so we can simply savor the occasion. Still, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is a challenge for everyone, even for someone of the caliber of Anne-Sophie Mutter. No work can be heard in as many recordings, many of them historical, and so performing it easily invites comparison. And nowhere are we presented with so many unanswered questions: are the opening timpani beats meant as an upbeat or downbeat – and what are timpani beats doing in a violin concerto in the first place?

Like the Violin Concerto, Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben is also one of the great classics of the repertoire. “Held” (hero) refers here to the composer himself, who sets the story of his life path to music, offers us a portrait of his wife, and demolishes his critics. This music is far from a work of self-adulation, however – the composer is more self-critical here than in any of his writings.

Photo: Monika Höfler

Sponsor Horst Kleiner and Isolde Laukien-KleinerPerformance ends at approximately 08:00 pmTickets available from 29 € to 210 €
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
    Richard Strauss
    Ein Heldenleben, op. 40 – symphonic poem for orchestra

    • Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin
    • Sir Antonio Pappano Conductor
    • Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Roma
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