Anne-Sophie Mutter’s dream comes true

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s dream comes true


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2021

The volinist writes:

A concert with the goddess!
This is a life long dream come true: Franck Sonata with Martha Argerich. Words can’t describe what music making with this gigantic genius is like.
And then the Mendelssohn Trio with Mischa Maisky! What an evening in Hamburg.
(Mischa and I gave her each 40 roses – for her second 40th birthday)


This could be a variant on the Gershwin song:

Mutter, Martha, Mischa Maisky

fol-de-de-rol, folde-de-rol
Photos: Daniel Dittus


  • “La vie en rose(s)” 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing this awesome combination of talent!

  • Gustavo says:

    Adorning herself with borrowed plumes, over and over again.

  • David K. Nelson says:

    I have recollections of reading that Martha Argerich — who has undoubtedly recorded the Franck Sonata more often than any other musician, pianist or violinist (or cellist or violist or clarinet player, just to mention the other instruments which have muscled in on the piece) — is actually not all that fond of the piece, and referred to it as the Franckenstein Sonata.

  • Felix says:

    Which Mendelssohn trio?

    • Ed says:

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Sonate für Violine und Klavier e-Moll KV 300c

      César Franck
      Sonate für Violine und Klavier A-Dur M 8

      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
      Klaviertrio d-Moll op. 49

  • Bostin'Symph says:

    Fantastic! Oh to have been in Hamburg!

  • Robert Roy says:

    I really hope this concert was recorded!

  • esfir ross says:

    Maybe opposite. Martha got chance to play with A-SM. Lambert Orkis’s a dream partner of Anne-Sofie M. He’s main reason that I attend their performances every year in San Francisco. Misha Maysky’s a dream partner.

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    There’s that very old recording of her doing Franck with Ruggiero Ricci and more recently with Perlman. Plus I think she did with the flute player James Galway.

  • MacroV says:

    You would think it could have been arranged some time ago, no?

  • Nick says:

    Awesome! When and how can we hear that?

  • Edgar Self says:

    Flutist Jean Pierre Rampal played a transcription of Franck’s violin sonata with Robert Veyron-Lacroix in Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco. The “Chronicle” reviewer said it was the sort of program you might hear at a convention of flutists. Classic recordings are by Rubinstein-Heifetz and Cortot-Thibaud.

    • Ed says:

      I remember Cortot-Thibaud playing Franck in Paris. Glorious!

      • Edgar Self says:

        . That’s a long memory indeed, Ed. I wonder what year you may have heard them? I can well believe it was glorious. I heard Cortot once, by himself, but Thibaud only on their records of Franck, Chausson, Faure, Beethoven, Debussy and trios with Casals.

  • Gary Freer says:

    Hairdressers about to reopen?

  • Nijinsky says:

    Sorry but this really makes me laugh. I know Anne-Sophie is thinking Martha is amazing, and she is, but this doesn’t mean Martha wants to be dubbed a “goddess.” I just hope Martha hasn’t gone into hiding wondering what the H@#$)* that is supposed to mean, and how she could ever fulfill such a designation without becoming a monstrosity.

    And I want to hear the two play together, which isn’t going to happen has Martha gone into seclusion to escape it all.

    Now Florence Foster Jenkins, I think she might be happy being dubbed a goddess, but…..

  • Edgar Self says:

    When Mutter played Beethoven sonatas with Lambert Orkis in Chicago on their tour, one of his legs, the right I think, was in a cast to the hip.