Performance Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 8 PM

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Lambert Orkis

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“The brilliant violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter … has a gift for juxtaposing new and standard works in a way that illuminates both,” giving “a sense of classical music as vibrantly alive, with exciting relationships between old and new” (The New York Times). Hear for yourself when the gifted musician performs classic works by Schubert and Saint-Saëns alongside the world premiere of André Previn’s Second Violin Sonata and the world premiere of a new work by Krzysztof Penderecki.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
  • Lambert Orkis, Piano

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their artistic partnership and Carnegie Hall Recital debut


  • SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major, D. 934
  • KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI La Follia for Solo Violin (World Premiere)
  • ANDRÉ PREVIN Violin Sonata No. 2 (World Premiere)
  • SAINT-SAËNS Violin Sonata No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter

    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.

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  • Lambert Orkis

    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 Creative Achievement.

    In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, Mr. Orkis has been honored with Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit.

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Lutosławski's Partita (Ad libitum)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Phillip Moll, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance


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.

FRANZ SCHUBERT  Fantasy in C Major, D. 934

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."

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI  La Follia for Solo Violin

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  Violin Sonata No. 2

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.

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS  Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75

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.

Program Notes
This performance is part of Great Artists I, and Great Violin and Piano Soloists.