Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis have been performing together since the end of 1988 – and thus, from March 26, 2017 onwards, the Grammy-winning duo celebrate 29 years of continuous collaboration by giving seven concerts in the USA, including San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, with a program including works by Sebastian Currier – who previously wrote a number of other works for Mrs. Mutter such as Aftersong (1994) and Ringtone Variations (2013) - Mozart, Respighi, and Saint-Saëns.
Mrs. Mutter concludes the tour with a four-date engagement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, where the concert program features selections by Tchaikovsky and Nostalghia by Toru Takemitsu, which Mrs. Mutter played at her 35th Anniversary concert of her Japanese debut.
“In my life, meeting Lambert was a stroke of good fortune. When we began making music together, it quickly became obvious how perfectly we breathe and phrase together,” says Anne-Sophie Mutter. This affinity “is either present or not. It is very difficult to describe in words.” For the pianist, the answer to the question how such an artistic ‘marriage’ can exist for so long without the slightest altercation is very simple: “We like each other, we like the other person’s playing and presence. That makes a lot of things easier, for what we do is in fact hard work.” About Anne-Sophie Mutter, he says: “Her playing is so incredibly beautiful and well-informed, her taste is absolutely assured, including in contemporary music. Anne-Sophie unites the joy of music with a taste for adventure and an enormous passion for the cause. I never tire of enjoying Anne-Sophie Mutter’s sounds as they reach me from beyond my shoulder during our concerts. After so many years, she sounds even more fresh and brilliant than during our first performance.”
The two musicians who enjoy such perfect harmony together perform not only at the world’s most important concert halls, but have also recorded numerous CDs for the Deutsche Grammophon label. Their recording of Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin, for example, won a Grammy Award, and their recording of Mozart’s sonatas for piano and violin was honoured with the prize of the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique.
In May 2014, The Silver Album was released, a double album by Mutter and Orkis containing the world’s first recordings of Penderecki’s La Follia and Previn’s Violin Sonata No. 2, as well as new recordings of Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs and Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera. These 40 minutes of music are complemented by sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré and Mozart, as well as a selection of the duo’s legendary encores, for example Debussy’s Beau Soir and Kreisler’s Caprice viennois Op. 2.
The Duos' Discography [+]
Interview with Mutter and Orkis [+]
|Currier||Clockwork (1989) for violin and piano|
|Mozart||Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, KV 526|
|Respighi||Violin Sonata in B Minor|
|Saint-Saëns||Introduction and Rondo capriccioso, Po 28|
March 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM - San Francisco, California, Davies Symphony Hall
March 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM - Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
March 31, 2017 - 7:30 PM - Kansas City, Missouri, Harriman-Jewell Series
April 2, 2017 - 2:00 PM - New York, New York, Carnegie Hall
April 4, 2017 - 7:30 PM - Tallahassee, Florida, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
April 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM - Naples, Florida, Artis-Naples
April 8, 2017 - 3:00 PM - Washington, D.C, Kennedy Center Concert Hall
|Tchaikovsky||Violinkonzert D-Dur op. 35|
|Takemitsu||Nostalghia - In Memory of Andrei Tarkovskij|
|Shostakovich||Symphony No. 6|
27. April - 20:00 - Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Symphony Orchestra
28. April - 20:00 - Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Symphony Orchestra
29. April - 20:00 - Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Symphony Orchestra
02. Mai - 20:00 - Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Symphony Orchestra