Ann sofie mutter. The fiddler who should be banned 2019-11-25

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Stars who were paid fifty grand in greenbacks at Carnegie Hall - Perlman, Kissin, Vengerov - settled for thirty percent of that on the South Bank. She scarcely looks at the audience and seldom gives an encore. Money that is given to the arts in a spirit of idealism should be put towards creative renewal. But only one artist was ever sent packing. Mutter, meanwhile, developed a perfectly pre-packaged style of performance.

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Anne

ann sofie mutter

A principle needs to be re-established. The time has come to impose a ceiling on concert fees of the kind that prevails in all the leading opera houses. Concert halls and orchestras need to absorb that lesson, drawing the line at any soloist who seeks to hold them to ransom. By the time she reached the Barbican a fortnight ago, whatever musical curiosity London felt about her Mozart had been thoroughly exhausted and only sixty percent of the tickets were sold. Covent Garden and La Scala pay by much the same rules. The Barbican has two thousand seats.

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The fiddler who should be banned

ann sofie mutter

At 42 she makes well over three million dollars a year from sixty performances, which is more than the combined income of players in a symphony orchestra in Britain or Scandinavia. The planned concert in Frutillar Chile had. Replacing her with a rising talent would have minimal impact on sales, while booking her actively depresses the careers of sharper, keener, more exciting prospects. Still, the point was well made, and it was promptly taken by the rest of the classical roundabout. Few musicians give so little for so much dosh. Few, outside her own country, would know Anne-Sophie Mutter from a soap bubble. I hope the orchestra put it down to experience and reimpose the old ban on the bumptious fiddler, for anything less will incite rampant inflation in London's musical fee structures.

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Anne

ann sofie mutter

The Praemium Imperiale is curren. Not in this town it isn't, said the bands, and for two seasons London got along fine without the sight and sound of the bare-shouldered beauty. And while Pavarotti could earn a million any night of the week miming arias to a pre-recorded tape in a supermarket car-lot, if he wanted to retain credibility as an opera singer he accepted the Joe Volpe pay freeze and delivered his high Cs for a reasonable fee. Mutter's office replied by fax that this was her standard rate. The cause was cash and I regret to report that the soloist in question is up to her old tricks again. Any other purpose is bad for business and death for art. There was no dip in audiences and other soloists flourished until, fearing for her sales in the world's fourth largest record market, Mutter cut her London rate by twenty percent and returned to circulation, mostly with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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The fiddler who should be banned

ann sofie mutter

There have been music directors who threatened to leave town forever unless they got a pay rise - a transparent ruse to secure increased orchestral subsidy from the Arts Council- and one celebrated conductor stayed away for years after a well-whispered brush with the constabulary in a popular West End cottage. Mutter, I hear on the grapevine, was asked to reduce her invoice and bluntly refused. Twelve years ago, four London orchestras set aside their rivalries and agreed to inform Anne-Sophie Mutter, the German violinist, that they were not going to book her again until she dropped her £10,000 fee. Visit every week to read Norman Lebrecht's latest column. Ahead of next year's Mozart jamboree - it's the 250th anniversary of his birth - Mutter astutely organised a world tour of the violin concertos and sonatas. Concert stardom these days is not what it was in the lifetime of Rubinstein and Horowitz. After the death of her first husband, a successful corporate lawyer, she married Andre Previn, a conductor whose triumphs are long past.

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The fiddler who should be banned

ann sofie mutter

It keeps the books clean, and the singers honest. Why are orchestral managers tempted to overpay the likes of Mutter? Our partners may combine this information with other information that you have provided to them or that they have collected as part of your use of the Services. . Go sing in a park. Back home, in Germany, she is treated as minor royalty, heir to the all-powerful aura of Herbert von Karajan, who picked her out as a child of 13 and set her on the golden path. True, she was always bound to be a loss leader.

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The fiddler who should be banned

ann sofie mutter

The lady has no more pulling power than a one-armed dentist with a manual drill. We also share information about your use of our website with our social media, weaving and analytics partners. Every time Mutter breaks the bank with an overpolished Mozart, a door is slammed in the face of a host of young contenders - Lisa Batiashvili, Nicola Benedetti, Rachel Podger, Matt Trusler, Daniel Hope, Jack Liebeck, to name a talented half-dozen in Britain alone who bring impetuosity and vigour to an art that is dying of ennui. Music is paid for in part by the taxpayer, who does not generally approve of subsidising rich foreigners unless they play football, and in part by private and corporate donors whose innocence of musical economics is cruelly abused by avaricious musicians. We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to offer features for social media and to analyze the access to our website.

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Anne

ann sofie mutter

A sixty percent turnout proves them wrong. If the orchestras won't ban greedy-guts soloists, the funding authorities should step in. Because they think her smidgeon of fame will attract a lashing of celebrity seekers. The episode shed little credit on anyone concerned, least of all the orchestras who had acted as a cartel which, if challenged, might have been declared illegal. . . .

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