Recital Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter | Lambert Orkis

Mozart | Beethoven | Franck

Tue, 07.09. | 19.30 | No. 211332

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021




    Recital Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Anne-Sophie Mutter | Lambert Orkis

    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 (300c)
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 24 Spring Sonata
    César Franck (1822–1890)
    Violin Sonata in A major

    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

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    Anne-Sophie Mutter

    Born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, Anne-Sophie Mutter began her career in 1976, at the age of 13, at the Lucerne International Music Festival (as Lucerne Festival was called at that time). Just one year later, she appeared in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers worldwide since then and, in addition to the classical repertoire, continues to present new works: by now she has premiered 29 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams, whose violin concerto she just introduced at Tanglewood (in July 2021). She uses her popularity specifically for charity projects and to support young musicians. To this end, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and the scholarship ensemble Mutter’s Virtuosi, with which she will embark on a major European tour in 2021-22. In addition, she will tour in the coming season with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko and perform André Previn’s Violin Concerto; in Asia, she will present her John Williams project “Across the Stars.” As a chamber musician, she performs with her longtime piano partner Lambert Orkis and cellist Maximilian Hornung. Anne-Sophie Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered four coveted Grammy Awards and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and Austria’s Grand Decoration of Honor. In 2013, she was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anne-Sophie Mutter has served as President of German Cancer Aid since 2021.

    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.

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    Lambert Orkis

    The American pianist Lambert Orkis, who was born in Philadelphia in 1946, began playing the piano at the age of four and made his debut as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra when he was only twelve. His artistic focus includes taking part in chamber music, performing contemporary works, and playing on period instruments. Since 1988, Orkis has been the piano partner of the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, with whom he has performed all over the world and also recorded numerous prize-winning CDs. The two received a Grammy Award for their complete recording of the Beethoven violin sonatas. Orkis also accompanied the legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich in his recitals for 11 years; during his tenure as principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Rostropovich created the position of principal keyboard instrumentalist specifically for him. Orkis has also performed 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, American, and Curtis String Quartets. As a soloist, he has collaborated with such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Günther Herbig. Orkis performs a wide-ranging repertoire for a variety of instrumentations. Composers such as George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch have written new solo works for him. His commitment to contemporary music is complemented by an interest in historically informed performance practice: Orkis has recorded works by Beethoven and Schubert on a fortepiano and piano pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk on a Chickering concert grand built in 1865. Lambert Orkis is a professor of piano at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he has received 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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