Anne-Sophie Mutter is the modern classical record company's dream artist; not only is the 39-year-old German violinist a musician of near peerless virtuosity and unimpeachable integrity, but she is al

Anne-Sophie Mutter is the modern classical record company's dream artist; not only is the 39-year-old German violinist a musician of near peerless virtuosity and unimpeachable integrity, but she is also gorgeous and glamorous. With this two-disc DVD-Video set, Deutsche Grammophon offers the visual companion to Mutter's 1998 CD set of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas, filmed in Paris with her longtime recital companion, pianist Lambert Orkis. The performances of these 10 wonderful works are fiery and individual (and for those who care about such things, Mutter's concert dresses are fantastic). The second disc also features an earnest but entertaining hour-long film, A Life With Beethoven, that surveys Mutter's career with the composer, from her beginnings as a very young protégé of Herbert von Karajan to her recent visits to the Beethoven house in Bonn, Germany. This nicely produced DVD set is the ideal complement to Mutter's newest CD release, a live recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur (DG 289-471-349).—BB