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Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM
For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of
exceptional musicianship combined with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical
music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Ms. Mutter has
appeared in all of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In
addition to performing and recording established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Ms.
Mutter-an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral
and chamber music settings-has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri
Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki,
André Previn, and Wolfgang Rihm.
Throughout 2013, Ms. Mutter has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Berliner
Philharmoniker, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck; The Philadelphia
Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Dresden
Philharmonic Orchestra with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; and the City of Birmingham Symphony
Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, performing Dvořák's Violin Concerto. In June, Ms. Mutter
performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's Ringtone Variations, a work
commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian tour
with The Mutter Virtuosi-an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students
of the ASM Foundation. Ms. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished
Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM
Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences.
The violinist released her debut recording of Dvořák's Violin Concerto in November on the
Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berliner Philharmoniker. On the
occasion of the 35th anniversary of Ms. Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released
a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation, and
previously unpublished rarities.
Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as a chamber musician, interpreter of
contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared worldwide with
violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and performed in recital with cellist Mstislav
Rostropovich for more than 11 years.
His distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma,
Daniel Müller-Schott, and Han-Na Chang; violinist Julian Rachlin; and violist Steven Dann,
as well as with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester string
quartets. As a soloist, he has made appearances with conductors Christoph Eschenbach,
Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth
Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, and Leon Fleisher.
A Grammy Award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, Mr. Orkis's wide discography comprises
works of the Classical, Romantic, and modern eras on many labels. With Ms. Mutter, he has
frequently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, winning a Grammy Award in the category of Best
Chamber Music Performance for their recording of Beethoven violin sonatas, and a 2006 Choc
de l'année award for their album of Mozart violin sonatas. He has also recorded solo discs
as fortepianist of Schubert works for Virgin Classics, as well as discs on Bridge Records
of solo works written for him by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch. At
Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Mr. Orkis premiered Wernick's Piano Concerto, written
for him, with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rostropovich.
Mr. Orkis has held the position of principal keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra
since 1982. He is professor of piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music
and Dance in Philadelphia, and is a recipient of the university's Faculty Award for
In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, Mr. Orkis has been honored with Germany's Cross
of the Order of Merit.
Polish composer Witold Lutosławski established his reputation in the second half of the 20th century with such works as the tone poem Mi-Parti, the dreamy Les espaces du sommeil for baritone and orchestra, and the richly colored Third Symphony. Although its language is unmistakably modern, the Partita alludes to 18th-century forms and procedures.
Schubert's richly melodious Fantasy is recognized as a masterpiece today, but it received mixed reviews at its first performance in 1828. One newspaper observed that the lengthy piece "occupied rather too much of the time a Viennese is prepared to devote to pleasures of the mind."
Like his compatriot Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki has incorporated elements of historical styles in many of his more recent works. La Follia is a set of variations built on a repeating chord progression, or ground bass, which was popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
André Previn's engaging and stylistically eclectic music reflects his extraordinary versatility as a classical, jazz, and pop musician. The Second Violin Sonata is the latest in a string of concertos and chamber works that he has written over the past decade for Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Saint-Saëns's brilliant writing for the violin reflects the influence of the great Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. In Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, the D-Minor Sonata is ascribed to the fictional composer Vinteuil, a composite portrait of Saint-Saëns and several contemporaries.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 8 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2013 | 8 PM
Friday, December 20, 2013 | 8 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2013 | 3 PM
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | 7 PM
Carnegie Hall's director of artistic planning, Jeremy Geffen, reveals the background to and importance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique."
Saturday, December 28, 2013 | 8 PM
Jonathan Biss on recording the Beethoven piano sonatas.
Friday, January 17, 2014 | 8 PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 8 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM