Mutter lashes out over arts closure

Mutter lashes out over arts closure


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2021

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has attacked delays in reopening cultural sites, claiming that visiting a museum is less dangerous than entering a pharmacy.

‘For some 50,000 self-employed people in the sector, times are ruinous, especially since November aid, so-called, has not yet flowed by the end of January,’ she said.

Mutter herself is in Salzburg today. She writes: Finally!!!!! A “concert” of the two legends: Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim. Mozart on his 265th birthday streamed from the Mozarteum in Salzburg. It was magical to be present at a live performance … Nothing will ever come close to that unrepeatable experience of shared time – in real time! We 3 of us freshly tested and for a split second offstage without a mask. Martha Argerich most certainly is THE role model for all of us artists.🥰 Can’t tell you all how fulfilling this afternoon was! Miss you all – but we will be united in our love for music once again soon.


  • Gustavo says:

    …while the good old Zube has a gig in Munich tonight.

  • Maestrolive says:

    I hope the photo above is an archive one and not yesterday in Salzburg!

  • Rogerio says:

    Bleiben Sie auf Ihrer Spur Frau Mutter.

  • Nijinsky says:

    I agree, and I’m sure Joshua Bell will be ready to help the arts too, as soon as the brand of guitar strings he uses stretch enough to be in tune, hopefully no more than seven thousand years…

  • Nijinsky says:

    And by the time, they reliably, dependably, coherently and in a stable fashion stay in tune (Joshua Bell’s guitar strings) hopefully the world will have escaped him entirely.

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  • henry williams says:

    good for them to keep up playing music in these terrible

  • JussiB says:

    ASM is right. You’re more at risk going to crowded grocery stores and Costco than going to classical concerts and outdoor dining. Lawmakers have no scientific data to back up their stupid and arbitrary Covid lockdown.

    • Jack says:

      Only near-universal agreement from scientists and epidemiologists, but what do they know? In the US, we just surpassed — in less than a year — the total number of US lives lost in all the years of World War Two. Sorry, Jussi, I think I’m going to stick with the experts on this one.

      • JussiB says:

        Yes but they don’t tell you the truth how these people got Covid…. from nursing homes, assisted living facilities, holiday travels and family gatherings…. Nothing to do with going to classical concerts or restaurants.

      • Hayne says:

        “Only near-universal agreement from scientists and epidemiologists, but what do they know?”
        Why would you write such an ignorant question as that? Please provide any proof of that.

  • Freddy says:

    This is repulsive. I certainly understand concern for unemployed musicians, but this drivel is secular idolatry. Of course live music is wonderful, but there will be live music again. There are people who are dying, people separated from their ailing loved ones. Some old farts not being able to hear Beethoven live seems relatively inconsequential.

    • Kenneth says:

      And the young not-farts? We’re losing our best years to this tragedy, you know.

      • Jack says:

        Of course you are. Just as you would if you were in any other global crisis. Life isn’t fair sometimes. If people would just pull together and listen to those who know, this terrible time would end much sooner.

      • Alan says:

        That is utter rubbish. With or without variants this virus still targets the elderly and those with other long term conditions, ie obesity:diabetes

    • henry williams says:

      iam a high risk person. i never complain about not
      going to live concerts. iam thankful i have a large
      collection of cds. and good audio equipment.
      which i use a lot. let us hope we may soon return to
      live concerts.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Thanks for your comment, Freddy. I agree completely.

  • Karl says:

    A couple of studies have shown that concerts are not that dangerous:
    A second study finds that music venues “are not places of infection” for COVID-19

    • Lausitzer says:

      Since autumn just everyone has a study that shows how their facilities are no places of infection. It must come at home through the chimney, that’s the only possibility left.

      By the way, her rant in regard of the “November aid” may need an explanation: This is a scheme of payments to compensate for “lockdown” losses in this month. Now January has almost passed, and those applicable have, as she points out rightly, still not seen anything in their bank account statements.

      And one could add that the way of life in Germany since autumn can be called “ora et labora”.

      • Hayne says:

        “Since autumn just everyone has a study that shows how their facilities are no places of infection. It must come at home through the chimney, that’s the only possibility left.”
        So THAT’S why our masters put us in lockdowns without any proof. Thanks for the insight.

    • Jack says:

      Important to read the entire article. In situations where I cannot actually see what’s floating around in the air, I think it might be prudent to err on the side of caution.

      I’ll feel much more confident when a few hundred million more people in my country have been vaccinated.

  • M McAlpine says:

    I wish people would use some sense and proportion and realise in closing buildings governments are trying to eliminate unnecessary risk. Whereas going to a pharmacy or a supermarket is necessary for life, going to a museum, however pleasurable, is not. That is the thinking, not weighing one against another.

    • Le Křenek du jour says:

      The point you are making is vital.
      Many people, perhaps most, have no intuitive understanding of the cumulative nature of exposure and the multiplicative nature of risk.
      It would be all right if the person undergoing an avoidable and unnecessary were the only one to foot the bill. But in a pandemic, one person’s foolishness becomes a lethal risk for several others, including the ones who are mandated to help and save her when she comes to harm.

      To behave irresponsibly is unconscionable.
      To incite others to behave irresponsibly is immoral.

  • Shane says:

    Oh ASM stay in your own irresponsible lane. Yes it’s unfortunate so many things closed all over the world. You can’t claim people are more at risk in a pharmacy than a museum. Just saw your irresponsible pie hole at a concert in Salzburg with Barenboring. You can obviously afford to be ignorant. I can stay away from these places for a few more months so I can live to see them for years and not infect people I care about. Try it sometime.

    • Hayne says:

      It’s so nice of you to not give a damn about the millions of people whose lives have been destroyed with lockdowns.