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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Sunday, March 4, 2018 2 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Anne-Sophie Mutter by Bastian Achard
Anne-Sophie Mutter has been called the “undisputed queen of the violin-playing” (The Times, London). Mutter, however, is not content merely sitting on the throne. She is constantly stretching her repertoire, refining her interpretations of classics and championing new music. On a program that includes Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 and Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 2, Mutter also gives the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Part of: Great Artists II


Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano


ANDRÉ PREVIN The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BACH Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
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At a Glance

ANDRÉ PREVIN  The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano

Anne-Sophie Mutter has premiered no fewer than nine of André Previn’s works, including the First Violin Concerto (subtitled “Anne-Sophie”), Tango Song and Dance, and two double concertos pairing violin with double bass and viola, respectively. The Fifth Season, which has its first performance today, is a bravura essay in the tradition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

A magisterial compendium of compositional styles and instrumental techniques, Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin have delighted listeners—and challenged performers—ever since their rediscovery in the mid-1800s. The three partitas share a standard layout, consisting of a series of stylized dance movements. Often played on its own, the Chaconne—or Ciaccona—of the D-Minor Partita is one of Bach’s grandest conceptions.


JOHANNES BRAHMS  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

Composed between 1879 and 1888, Brahms’s three sonatas for violin and piano are works of mature and unostentatious mastery. In contrast with the Violin Concerto of 1878, the sonatas are predominantly intimate and conversational in tone. The warmth and intimacy of the A-Major Sonata reflect the composer’s close friendship and artistic collaboration with violinist Joseph Joachim.


KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has described himself as “a frustrated violinist.” In writing this highly virtuosic work for Anne-Sophie Mutter, he praised her as “one of the few violinists who is always looking for new pieces” and “really understands this music.” The richly expressive sonata consists of five organically connected movements arrayed around a darkly mysterious core.  

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