Berliner Philharmoniker

Riccardo Muti Conductor

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

Anniversary Concert – Anne-Sophie Mutter – Berliner Philharmoniker: 40 Years of Artistic Partnership

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major op. 35

Anne-Sophie Mutter Violin

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphonie Nr. 4 in F minor op. 36

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For Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Berlin Philharmonie is something like her second living room: “So many wonderful things happened there, all the recordings, the concerts, the incomparable ensemble […]. There have been many attempts to copy the hall – the Disney Hall in Los Angeles was inspired by the Philharmonie – but the original with its unique acoustics is simply in Berlin. The hall is inseparably linked with the orchestra, and will always remain my benchmark wherever I play.” Of course, one Philharmonic date has especially remained in the memory of the violinist from Wehr in the Black Forest: 11 December 1976, when Herbert von Karajan first invited Ms Mutter, at the time a girl of 13 years of age, to audition: “Mr von Karajan had said beforehand that I shouldn’t be surprised if he interrupted me and didn’t want to hear the whole 20 minutes. But I was allowed to play to the end of the piece – not a bad sign at all. […] I was all ready to return home when in the concert hall I literally ran into Mr von Karajan’s arms. He said, as if it was no big deal at all, that he would be delighted if we could perform together in the coming year at the Salzburg Festival at Whitsuntide.” A thunderbolt that was followed by a phenomenal career: “That day will always remain an absolutely extraordinary event in my life.”

Just one year after her performance at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Anne-Sophie Mutter debuted in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall with Mozart’s Violin Concerto G major K. 216 conducted by Karajan. At the latest after recording the Mozart concertos Nos. 3 and 5 with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Karajan, she established herself as the leading violinist of her generation, with a supreme mastery of the virtuoso concert and filigree chamber repertoire for her instrument, performing it repeatedly for enthusiastic audiences in all the important musical centres of Europe, the US and Asia. It is now the 40th anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic. What will be played at the jubilee concert conducted by Riccardo Muti has not yet been decided. Only that the violinist is looking forward to this special event, where she will once again be accompanied by her “standard-setting” orchestra, with the utmost anticipation: “To experience that resounding sound again, that sound that carries you forward so powerfully – yet at the same time every member has the subtlety of a soloist. Simply everything that one could wish for is there.”

(c) Stefan Hoederath