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Sometimes I pray silently during violin recitals: "Deliver us, O Lord, from the Juilliard sound." With Anne-Sophie Mutter, my prayers have finally been answered. Her Solti-conducted CSO debut last year playing the Beethoven violin concerto was one of the most expressive and refreshing performances of that overdone war-horse I've ever heard, incorporating an astonishing variety of timbres and textures unknown among Juilliard-trained players. Now, the 26-year-old West German, who was discovered by the late Herbert von Karajan, makes her area recital debut as part of the Chamber Music Chicago 30th-anniversary series, and it could well be the debut of the year. Of particular interest on this program is the Lutoslawski Partita, originally written for violin and piano but made into a new orchestral version for Mutter by Lutoslawski after he heard her play his Chain II for violin and orchestra. Lutoslawski has indicated that Mutter's extraordinary art has been an inspiration for him, and to hear what she brings to his music is a treat. Mutter will also perform sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy, and works by Kreisler and Sarasate, all accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis. Wednesday, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 242-6237, 663-1628, or 435-8122.

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