Anne-Sophie Mutter recently stopped by CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman” to perform a selection from her new album collection — “ASM 35”, a compilation of music celebrating her 35 years as a violinist. Mutter was joined by her ex-husband André Previn, who accompanied her on the piano. Letterman had some trouble handling the large plastic casing for the album, joking that it would make an ideal home for a hamster. Following her performance, Mutter asked Letterman if he had a hamster at home, to which the comedian responded that he will get one. [Source]
“Excuse my English,” Anne-Sophie Mutter says with a laugh. “I know it’s rather flowery, but that’s as good as it gets.” As it turns out she speaks it better than I do; her German must be a model of rhetorical control.
Still, it’s clear why, as one of the finest violinists in the world, she might feel her second language ranks poorly as a mode of expression. It is our good fortune in Abu Dhabi that we’ll get to hear her fingers do the talking when she comes to the Emirates Palace to play a trio of violin trios this weekend as part of the Abu Dhabi Classics season.
For now it’s only worth noting that, in music as in speech, Mutter seems to have been reconciling herself to floweriness.