On September 27, Deutsche Grammophon celebrates the extraordinary 35 year career of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter with the release of ASM35: Anne-Sophie Mutter - The Complete Musician , a forty CD limited-edition numbered box-set, complete with 288-page hardcover book; her complete Deutsche Grammophon discography plus two bonus CDs of previously unreleased recordings. As evidence of Anne-Sophie Mutter's continually unwavering desire to discover new musical languages and coax new sounds from her violin, DG makes available four world-premieres commissioned by and dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter from composers Wolfgang Rihm, Sebastian Currier and Krysztof Penderecki. Highlights from ASM35 will be available as a two CD set released on September 13.
For 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, followed by a solo appearance with Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts, Ms. Mutter has appeared in all the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording the established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Ms. Mutter is an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Since her debut with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 14, she has sold over 5 million CDs worldwide and received innumerable prizes for her recordings, including four GRAMMY® Awards.
ASM35 is a complete, one-of-a-kind collection of recordings from one of the world's great complete musicians; providing a rare opportunity to experience Anne-Sophie Mutter's lauded virtuosity on recording from age 11 through 35 years of collaborations with Herbert von Karajan, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Lambert Orkis, the Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonics, and the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras. The 40 CD set includes 38 Deutsche Grammophon releases and 2 CDs of previously unreleased recordings including the Lutoslawski Memorial Concert in Warsaw (1994) featuring Lutoslawski's Partita for Violin and Orchestra; a live chamber recital recording with Lambert Orkis (1995) of Stravinsky's Suite for Violin and Piano, Schumann's Violin Sonata No.2 and Sebastian Currier's Aftersong , as well as the 11-year-old Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Prokofiev's Sonata for Solo Violin (1974). All previously released discs are presented with original cover-art, and the collection is accompanied by a 288-page hardcover book that provides insight into the career of this incredible musician with contributions from André Previn, an exclusive, extended interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter and more than 150 photographs.
A tireless commissioner, Anne-Sophie Mutter has premiered numerous concerti and chamber works from composers such as Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. On September 13, Deutsche Grammophon releases four world-premieres from Rihm, Currier and Penderecki. Anne-Sophie Mutter's first collaboration with the New York Philharmonic's Music Director Alan Gilbert, the world-premiere and live recording of Sebastian Currier's Time Machines came during Ms. Mutter's tenure as the Philharmonic's 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence. Currier explains the structure of Time Machines: "Taken together, all the movements constitute a kind of time machine that catapults us forward or allows us to review the past. In short, it makes time visible as in a series of time-lapse photographs."
Wolfgang Rihm's Lichtes Spiel for violin and small orchestra, recorded live with the New York Philharmonic and conductor Michael Francis, is subtitled "A Summer Piece" and conjures images of a summer night. Mutter said of Lichtes Spiel , "Time and again the flickering lights illuminate an almost romantic in-between state." Ms. Mutter enjoys exploring a composer's work from different angles and often, after premiering a concerto, will request a chamber work. Wolfgang Rihm's second contribution to the release, Dyade for violin and double bass, was commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and is dedicated to Ms. Mutter and young virtuoso double bassist Roman Patkoló, whom Mutter has called "the Paganini of the double bass." The work might be described as a single voice structured in the form of a dialogue and highlights the exceptional technical ability of Mutter and Patkoló with insane leaps in the double bass and extremely demanding violin writing. Krysztof Penderecki also takes advantage of what he describes as Patkoló's "inexhaustible virtuosity" in Duo concertante, in which violin and double bass take turns to speak, one of the partners falling silent whenever the other has a clearly defined musical idea to express. Penderecki says the piece, "...has at its command an inexhaustible rhythmic muscularity and exploits the incredible threat that is posed by the sort of attack of which the double bass is capable."
2011-2012 North American Performances:
September 17, 2011 - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck open their 2011-2012 season with a gala performance featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy.
September 30 - October 1, 2011 - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Anne-Sophie Mutter, who has appeared many times as violin soloist with the BSO since her Boston Symphony debut in 1983, makes her first BSO appearances in the dual role of conductor and soloist to play and lead all five of Mozart's violin concertos over two nights.
Selection of Career Highlights:
1976 - Lucerne Festival debut
1977 - Salzburg Festival debut with Herbert von Karajan
1978 - First recording and release for Deutsche Grammophon: Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.
1986 - Appointed to the International Chair of Violin Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Gives first performance of Lutoslawski's Chain 2, with the Zurich Collegium Musicum under its dedicatee Paul Sacher.
1987 - Founds the Rudolf Eberle Trust, which supports young string players throughout Europe. This foundation's activities are incorporated ten years later into the newly established Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation which is based in Munich and operates worldwide.
1992 - Plays the premiere of Wolfgang Rihm's Gesungene Zeit.Deutsche Grammophon's recording of the Rihm work, coupled with the Berg Concerto, is released this year and wins the Internationaler Schallplattenpreis Frankfurt 1993; Grammy, Edison, Classic CD Awards, 1994; Golden Harmony Award 1995.
1993 - CD release of Carmen Fantasy, with James Levine and the Vienna Philharmonic which quickly becomes one of the biggest-selling recordings in Deutsche Grammophon's history.
1998 - Devotes herself exclusively to the complete Violin Sonatas of Beethoven, which she performs throughout the world with Lambert Orkis and records for Deutsche Grammophon (Echo Award 1999; Grammy 2000). Other releases include the premiere recording of Penderecki's Second Violin Concerto, dedicated to Mutter, with the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (Grammy 1999).
1999 - Release of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with Mutter as soloist and conductor of the Trondheim Soloists (Amadeus Music, Golden Harmony Awards, 2000).
2002 - Deutsche Grammophon records works by Gershwin, Brahms, Fauré, Kreisler and the first recording of Tango Song and Dance, composed for her by Sir André Previn. Gives the premiere performances and records another work written for her by Previn, his Violin Concerto, with the composer conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra (released 2003, Grammy 2005). Plays and conducts the Mozart concerto cycle with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival.
2005/2006 - This season features a comprehensive homage to Mozart's 250th anniversary and his violin works. With Lambert Orkis (piano) she performs (and records) all 16 Violin Sonatas. At the October 2005 Echo Awards ceremony Anne-Sophie Mutter is named "Instrumentalist of the Year" while her release of works by Dutilleux, Bartók and Stravinsky is named "World-Premiere Recording of the Year."
2007 - In April, Anne-Sophie performs Sir André Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Contrabass together with Roman Patkolò and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer himself.
2009 - The first performances of Gubaidulina's In tempus praesens take place in Germany and Spain. Carnegie Hall, world premiere of Previn's Second Piano Trio with Harrell and Previn, and of Previn's Concerto for Violin and Viola with Bashmet and the Orchestra of St. Luke's under Previn. Release of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig under Masur coupled with chamber works accompanied by Previn and Harrell.
2010/2011 - During the 2010/11 season Anne-Sophie Mutter serves as the New York Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence, a season-long tenure that highlights the violinist in thirteen concerts, featuring the world premieres of Wolfgang Rihm's Lichtes Spiel and Duo for Violin and Double Bass and Sebastian Currier's Time Machines; the United States premiere of Penderecki's Duo for Violin and Double Bass; and the New York premiere of Gubaidulina's In tempus praesens. She is named Musical America's Musician of the Year.
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