Mutter plays the NY Phil in pink pants

Mutter plays the NY Phil in pink pants


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2022

First rehearsal pic this morning from the orchestra’s historic trip to the controversial German island of Usedom.


  • Helene Kamioner says:

    Hot Pink, baby, Hot Pink!

  • Andreas B. says:

    Exclusive, breaking classical music news:
    the NYPhil principal cello is sporting grey shoes – and shirt!


    also: what’s “controversial” about Usedom?

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      Usedom itself is not controversial, however Peenemuende, the Nazi missle development center is ON the Island, and in some ways this site may be considered a controversial place to hold musical and cultural events….although we are in 2022

      • Andreas B. says:

        I do know about Usedom’s history –
        if NL wanted to inform his readership about certain aspects he finds “controversial” , why didn’t he just do so instead of insinuating?

        Are you suggesting that holding “musical and cultural events” might be considered controversial in Berlin (Munich, Nuremberg, Linz, Weimar, et cetera) as well?
        afaik, quite a few places in Germany have a Nazi past …

        • Helene Kamioner says:

          Not only Germany, but tout Europa…..I draw the line at performing in Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, Matthausen, you name it.

        • Tamino says:

          I have no horse in this race, but the comparison is a bit moot. Peenemünde was nothing BUT a Nazi war machine laboratory. The cities you mentioned have much more to offer and existed for much longer than the few years of the nazi pest. Maybe interesting for our American readers: Peenemünde was the cradle of the NASA post war space program culminating in the moon landings. Werner von Braun gained his expertise in Peenemünde before the Americans head hunted him for their agenda.

          • Barry Guerrero says:

            Sorry to disappoint you, Tamino, but many Americans are well aware of that fact. Many are not. My guess is that Americans who read SD, would be among those more likely to have already known this.

        • TeeJay says:

          Point well taken. All of Germany has a Nazi past. We should not let the Nazis control what we do today. Performing music in a location is not an implicit endorsement of all that came before.

      • Andreas B. says:

        above should say:
        ‘quite a few places in Germany *and Austria have …’

  • guest says:

    So what? It’s a rehearsal, and the orchestra is in t-shirts and jeans. Is this newsworthy? Now had she had come in evening dress and stilettos to morning rehearsals, this would have been worth wondering about her fashion sense.

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      The bottom line is Mutter looks like royalty in any outfit

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      Known in part for her strapless ball gowns, Mutter used to wear John Galliano of Dior though severed ties after an anti-Semitic outburst by him.

  • Gustavo says:

    She knows exactly how to enchant the elderly gentleman.

    Will it be Previn’s Violin Concerto followed by Henry Manccini’s “Pink Panther” as encore?

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      I find her enchanting as well

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      in case you are interested, here is the program

      SAMSTAG, 21.05.22, 20 UHR
      Joan Tower: 1920/2019 (Europa-Premiere)
      Ein Auftragswerk des New York Philharmonic Project 19

      André Previn: Violinkonzert „Anne Sophie“
      Moderato – Cadenza Langsam – Andante („aus einem Zug in Deutschland“)


      Béla Bartók: Konzert für Orchester
      Introduzione – Presentando le coppie – Elegia – Intermezzo interrotto – Finale

      Anne-Sophie Mutter (Violine)
      Jaap van Zweden (Chefdirigent)
      New York Philharmonic

      contact me privately for translation

      Ihr Mann, der 2019 verstorbene amerikanisch-jüdischen Pianist, Komponist und Dirigent André Previn widmete ihr das Violinkonzert „Anne-Sophie“. Es ist eines seiner erfolgreichsten Werke und ein tiefgründiger Liebesbrief voll Virtuosität für eine Meisterin ihres Instruments. Starken Frauen widmet sich auch Joan Tower. Mit 1920/2019 aus dem Project 19 des New York Philharmonic würdigt die junge Komponistin den 19. Zusatzartikel zur US-Verfassung, der Frauen das Wahlrecht garantierte und der 2020 sein hundertjähriges Jubiläum feierte. Vielfalt in der Gleichberechtigung findet das New York Philharmonic auch in Béla Bartóks erfolgreichstem Werk. Sein Konzert für Orchester, 1944 in Boston uraufgeführt, verlangt dem Orchester solistisch-virtuose Glanzleistungen ab.

      • NYMike says:

        Bartok’s Cto for Orch was premiered by the BSO because Koussevitzky paid the very ill Bartok for it.

  • Gustavo says:

    Sponsoren by Deutsche Telekom?

  • Tamino says:

    Silly to report on the pants, but not on the music that is rehearsed.

  • JS says:

    I’ve read “Muti” … Well, if it was him, it might be funny – if still not quite newsworthy.

  • MPMcGrath says:

    Since when are pink pants noteworthy? And pray tell: Why is Usedom controversial?
    Surely not for reasons to do with the great American space pioneer, Wernher von Braun, who worked on the island during WW2? (Which brings to mind Tom Lehrer’s wonderful satirical ballad about him.). Or has it to do with modern day gas pipelines? Otherwise it’s spectacular countryside, and one can continue into Poland and visit the beautiful Masurian seashore.

    Bravo, by the way, to the locals for getting the NYPhil to come out of its comfort zone and work the festival there.

    • Helene Kamioner says:

      “Bravo, by the way, to the locals for getting the NYPhil to come out of its comfort zone and work the festival there”…Chapeau! We finally have a winner folks.

  • Cassandra B says:

    Breaking news: Orchestra wears street clothes in rehearsal with Anne Sophie Mutter, who also wore street clothes. *GASP* There may also have been music.

  • Herr Forkenspoon says:

    I just watched Miss Mutter’s rendition of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, (on Chinese TV) and was enraptured by her playing. I don’t remember what she was wearing but I can still hear the sound of her violin in my head.

  • Jack says:

    You saw it here on the premiere classical music site! Doubtless that’s worth 200,000 hits.

  • Luis Bonifacio says:

    What’s the problem?
    It’s just a rehersal and Ms Mutter looks very well on pink pants.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Pink trousers.