© Harald Hoffmann/DG
© Harald Hoffmann/DG
Recital Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter | Lambert Orkis
Anne-Sophie Mutter has stood out among classical music stars during the coronavirus pandemic by campaigning for a new start in musical life. She not only appealed to politicians, pointing out the catastrophic situation of freelancers in particular in numerous interviews, but also appeared as a surprise guest in church services where she collected donations for colleagues in distress. “Music is a basic human need,” she says, summing up her commitment. In this recital, Anne-Sophie Mutter and her piano partner Lambert Orkis will prove just how effective music is as an agent that can delight and inspire. She has chosen three violin sonatas, all of which go deep to the heart. Mozart’s E minor Sonata begins in an agitated mood and leads into a beguilingly rapturous finale. Beethoven’s Spring Sonata exudes a decidedly relaxed, light, and friendly atmosphere. And César Franck’s passionate A major Sonata, which he gave to the famous virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe as a wedding present, is an icon of the violin repertoire.
With friendly support of the Apricum Circle
Anne-Sophie Mutter © StefanHöderath/DG
Anne-Sophie Mutter, who was born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, began her career in 1976 at the age of thirteen, when she appeared at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the forerunner of today’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Just one year later, she performed in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers around the world ever since, playing not only the classical repertoire but also new works. Mutter has premiered 28 compositions, including scores by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams. She uses her celebrity specifically to promote the finest young musicians. For this purpose, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and continues to appear with her ensemble of scholarship holders (“Mutter’s Virtuosi”) all over the world, as for example in the fall of 2019 on a tour to South America. Highlights of recent months have included a North American tour with her long-standing duo partner Lambert Orkis and appearances playing Mozart concertos with the Vienna-Berlin Chamber Orchestra in Europe and the United States, as well as concerts at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops Orchestras. In September she will give her first open-air concert at the Odeonsplatz in Munich, playing film music by John Williams. Among her many distinctions, Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered the coveted Grammy Award four times. Mutter has been awarded the Grand Federal Cross of Merit, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Grand Austrian Decoration. She was appointed an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.
Lambert Orkis © Lambert Orkis
The American pianist Lambert Orkis, who was born in 1946 in Philadelphia, began playing piano at the age of four and was twelve when he made his debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. His points of artistic focus today include chamber music, contemporary works, and performance on period instruments. Since 1988 Orkis has played as a piano partner of the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, with whom he appears around the world and has recorded numerous award-winning CDs. For 11 years he also accompanied the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in his recitals; during his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Rostropovich created the position of Principal Keyboard Player specifically for him. Lambert Orkis has additionally concertized with the cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Han-Na Chang; the violinist Julian Rachlin; the violist Steven Dann; and such ensembles as the Emerson, the American, and the Curtis String Quartets. He has collaborated as a soloist with such conductors as Christoph Eschen-
bach, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Günther Herbig. Orkis performs a highly varied repertoire for a wide range of ensembles. Such composers as George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primrosch have written new solo works for him. A counterpart to this commitment to contemporary music is his interest in historically informed performance practice: Orkis has played works by Beethoven and Schubert on a fortepiano and keyboard pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk on a Chickering concert grand built in 1865. Lambert Orkis teaches piano at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has been distinguished with the Award for Creative Achievement.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1994 in a recital with Anne-Sophie Mutter, with a program of works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Currier, and Schumann.
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