Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the busiest musicians around, complete with new recordings, new pieces to premiere and seemingly endless concert tours. But when she's relaxing at home in Germany, she lists Ella Fitzgerald and La Bohème among her musical favorites.
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter launched her career at age 13, with help from legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan. Unlike many prodigies, Mutter developed into one of classical music's most thoughtful, vibrant virtuosos. Her love of contemporary music has inspired works written especially for her by Witold Lutoslawski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andre Previn and others. Mutter's devotion to Mozart resulted in recordings of her performing all of Mozart's works for violin. Her latest CD pairs J.S. Bach with a brand-new concerto, written for her by Sofia Gubaidulina. When she's not in the recording studio or out on the road, here's what Mutter enjoys listening to.
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