Beethoven - Sym. #7 & Triple Concerto w/WE DIVAN
Mutter, Ma, Barenboim: Bio
Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for more than 40 years the virtuoso has now been a fixture in all the world's major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary.
The four-time Grammy® Award winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music: so far she has given world premieres of 28 works – Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow's musical elite: in the autumn of 1997 she founded the Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V., to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for the scholarship recipients, support which is tailored to the fellows' individual needs. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, Mutter's Virtuosi.
Anne-Sophie Mutter's 2020 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe and North America, once again reflecting the violinist's musical versatility and her unparalleled prominence in the world of classical music. As part of the Beethoven Year, the violinist spotlights works which make Beethoven immortal. She performs four different programmes: apart from the Beethoven Violin Concerto, which she combines with the Violin Romances, the Triple Concerto and the Violin Romance No. 2 in F-major Op. 50 form another focus. Another Beethoven programme consists of the Violin Sonatas No. 4 in A-minor Op. 23, No. 5 in F-major Op. 24 ("Spring Sonata") and No. 9 in A-major Op. 47 ("Kreutzer Sonata"). The fourth programme in the anniversary year includes the String Trio in C-minor Op. 9 and the String Quartet in E-flat-major Op. 74 ("Harp Quartet") – in these concerts, the bridge from the avant-gardist of the 1790s to our present times is built by Jörg Widmann, whose new string quartet Studie über Beethoven Anne-Sophie Mutter commissioned; the work is dedicated to her and had its world premiere in Tokyo on February 22, 2020.
CONCERTS AND MUSICAL PARTNERS IN 2020
Anne-Sophie Mutter began the year 2020 on January 5 by playing the Adagio from Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo in E-major BWV 1042: the Vienna Philharmonic celebrated the 150-year anniversary of the Musikverein building – the anniversary concert has been conducted by Semyon Bychkov.
On January 18 and 19, the "Across the Stars" programme could be heard live for the first time in Europe with John Williams on the podium: in Vienna, the multiple Oscar-winner conducted some of his most outstanding works. During the concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, pieces from Star Wars, Schindler's List, The Geisha, Harry Potter, Dracula and Munich have been performed. Most of these compositions have been re-arranged by Williams for Anne-Sophie Mutter as part of the "Across the Stars" project. The CD recording of this new repertoire, previously unheard in this constellation, was released in August 2019.
On January 21, Mutter embarked upon her 2020 Beethoven anniversary concerts in the USA, giving several recitals with Lambert Orkis. The concerts with Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 and 9 took these two musicians, who are known to harmonize perfectly with one another, into the 32nd year of their artistic collaboration. Their recital programme for the Beethoven jubilee sees Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis perform in China, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Austria, Taiwan and the USA. The recording of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis won a Grammy Award in 2000, among other distinctions. The silver jubilee of these two exceptional artists was celebrated in 2014 with the release of a double CD with samples from their comprehensive repertoire.
Together with six current and former scholarship recipients of her foundation (Ye-Eun Choi, Vladimir Babeshko, Pablo Ferrández, Wei Lu, Daniel Müller-Schott and Kian Soltani), who now have their own international careers with concert performances worldwide, Anne-Sophie Mutter forms various ensembles to perform Beethoven's String Trios in C-minor Op. 9 and in E-flat-major Op. 3, the String Quartet in E-flat-major Op. 74 ("Harp Quartet") as well as Jörg Widmann's Studie über Beethoven. After its premiere in Tokyo on February 22, 2020, this programme will also be presented in China, Germany, Japan, Austria, Spain and in the USA.
Mutter plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto for the first time during the anniversary year in Tokyo on February 20: at the "Night of Concerto", Cristian Măcelaru conducts the New Japan Philharmonic; after this milestone of the violin repertoire, the violinist also plays the Triple Concerto with Daniel Müller-Schott (cello) and Lambert Orkis (piano). These two Beethoven programmes will also be performed by Mutter in Asia and Europe as well as North America.
The violinist recorded the Beethoven Violin Concerto both with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic and with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Her musical partners in this repertoire in 2020 are the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Cristian Măcelaru, the National China Philharmonic Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi, the London Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck and the MET Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Mutter will also perform the Beethoven Triple Concerto with several high-carat soloists. Her solo partners at the piano are Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Lambert Orkis, Lauma Skride and Daniil Trifonov. The cello part will be played by Pablo Ferrández, Lynn Harrell, Maximilian Hornung, Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Müller-Schott and Kian Soltani.
For her numerous recordings, Anne-Sophie Mutter has received four Grammies®, nine Echo Classic Awards, the German Recording Award, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque and the International Phono Award.
On the occasion of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday in 2006, Anne-Sophie Mutter presented new recordings of Mozart's complete major compositions for violin.
In September 2008 her recording of Gubaidulina's Violin Concerto In tempus praesens as well as the Bach Violin Concerti in A-Minor and E-Major was released.
During the Mendelssohn anniversary year of 2009, Anne-Sophie Mutter paid very personal homage to the composer, uniting solo concerto repertoire and chamber music on CD and DVD: the Violin Sonata in F-Major written in 1838, the Piano Trio in D-Minor completed a year later, and the Violin Concerto in E-Minor of 1845.
March 2010 saw the release of Anne-Sophie Mutter's recording of the Brahms Violin Sonatas, performed with Lambert Orkis.
For her 35-year stage anniversary in 2011, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of the artist's DG recordings, extensive documentary material and as-yet unpublished rarities. At the same time, an album of first recordings of pieces dedicated to the violinist by Wolfgang Rihm, Sebastian Currier and Krzysztof Penderecki appeared.
In October 2013 Anne-Sophie Mutter presented her first recording of the Dvořák Violin Concerto with conductor Manfred Honeck and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In May 2014 a double CD with recordings by Mutter and Orkis followed, commemorating the 25th anniversary of their collaboration: The Silver Album featuring the first recordings of Penderecki's La Follia and Previn's Violin Sonata No. 2.
The live recording Anne-Sophie Mutter – Live from Yellow Lounge of her club performance in Berlin was released on CD, vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray disc in 2015. This was the first live recording ever from a Yellow Lounge. On the podium at Neue Heimat Berlin, Anne-Sophie Mutter was joined by her long-standing piano accompanist Lambert Orkis, "Mutter's Virtuosi" and the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The programme covered three centuries of classical music – from Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi to George Gershwin and John Williams – a combination chosen especially by Anne-Sophie Mutter for the club evenings.
Commemorating the 40-year stage anniversary of the charismatic artist, Deutsche Grammophon assembled the double CD Mutterissimo – The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter, released in 2016. It assembles the highlights of her multi-faceted discography – personally selected by Anne-Sophie Mutter herself and focusing primarily on the past two decades of her impressive career.
In November 2017, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Daniil Trifonov released their first joint album, focusing on one of the most famous work in all the classical repertoire. Together with Hwayoon Lee, Maximilian Hornung and Roman Patkoló, they recorded Schubert's Piano Quintet in A-major, generally known as the "Trout Quintet". The programme also included Schubert's Notturno, a masterful late work for violin, cello and piano, as well as his songs Ständchen and Ave Maria, arranged for violin and piano.
Krzysztof Penderecki's 85th birthday was honoured by Deutsche Grammophon in 2018 with a double album including all the works he has dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter, including her first recording of the Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2: a sensitive and touching homage by the violinist to her musical friend and companion.
In 2018, Deutsche Grammophon also commemorated the 40-year anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter's first recording by re-releasing her earliest concerto recordings in a deluxe hardcover edition entitled The Early Years – featuring violin concerti by Mozart (Nos. 3 and 5), Beethoven, Bruch and Mendelssohn. Thanks to the new, high-resolution audio format 2.2 24bit/192kHz, the listener has the impression of being in the violinist's immediate vicinity.
In August 2019, Across the Stars, her album with some of the most brilliant works by the composer and multiple Oscar-winner John Williams, was released, for which Williams adapted most of the recorded works especially for her.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by recording the Triple Concerto. Pairing the Concerto with the Seventh Symphony, the new Deutsche Grammophon album also marks the 20th birthday of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Album is set for release on 8 May 2020, 40 years after the appearance of legendary Triple Concerto recording made by Mutter and Ma under Herbert von Karajan.
Anne-Sophie Mutter also takes a keen interest in alleviating medical and social problems of our times. She supports various causes through regular benefit concerts. Thus, in 2019 she played for projects of Save the Children in Yemen. In 2020 she will give three benefit concerts: one for the London-based organization "Crisis" which is dedicated to helping homeless persons, one for the foundation „Leipzig helps Children" and one for the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn.
On October 16, 2019, Anne-Sophie Mutter was honoured to receive the Praemium Imperiale in the music category; in June she received the Polar Music Prize. Poland awarded the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements to Anne-Sophie Mutter in March 2018, making her the first German artist to receive such an honour. In February 2018 she was named an Honorary Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Romania awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter in November 2017; during the same month France honoured her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In December 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the "Medalla de oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes" (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In January 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. In October 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutoslawski Society (Warsaw) in January. In 2012 the Atlantic Council bestowed the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award upon her. In 2011 she received the Brahms Prize as well as the Erich Fromm Prize and the Gustav Adolf Prize for her social activism. In 2010 the Technical-Scientific University of Norway in Trondheim bestowed an honorary doctorate upon her; in 2009 she won the European St. Ulrich Award as well as the Cristobal Gabarron Award. In 2008 Anne-Sophie Mutter was the recipient of the International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize as well as the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize.
The violinist has been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honours.
Last updated February 22nd, 2020. Translation: Alexa Nieschlag
Yo-Yo Ma's multi-faceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture's power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture's role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Yo-Yo strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.
Yo-Yo maintains a balance between engagements as a soloist with orchestras, recital and chamber music activities, and collaborations with a wide circle of artists and institutions. With partners from around the world and across disciplines, Yo-Yo creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society.
Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Yo-Yo established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions. In addition to presenting performances in venues from Suntory Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Silkroad collaborates with museums and universities to develop training programs for teachers, musicians, and learners of all ages. Silkroad has commissioned more than 100 new works from composers and arrangers around the globe, and released seven albums, most recently a collection of music recorded for The Vietnam War, a documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Through his work with Silkroad, as well as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the classical cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser-known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces. He has premiered works by a diverse group of composers, among them Osvaldo Golijov, Leon Kirchner, Zhao Lin, Christopher Rouse, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giovanni Sollima, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, and John Williams.
In addition to his work as a performing artist, Yo-Yo partners with communities and institutions from Chicago to Guangzhou to develop programs that champion culture's power to transform lives and forge a more connected world. Among his many roles, he is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, artistic director of the annual Youth Music Culture Guangdong festival, and UN Messenger of Peace. He is the first artist ever appointed to the World Economic Forum's board of trustees.
Yo-Yo's discography of over 100 albums (including 19 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. In addition to his many iconic renditions of the Western classical canon, he has made several recordings that defy categorization, among them "Appalachia Waltz" and "Appalachian Journey" with Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer, and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, "Obrigado Brazil" and "Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert." Yo-Yo's recent recordings include: "Songs from the Arc of Life," with pianist Kathryn Stott; "Sing Me Home," with the Silkroad Ensemble, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album; "Bach Trios," with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile; "Brahms: The Piano Trios," with Emanuel Ax and Leonidas Kavakos; and "Six Evolutions – Bach: Cello Suites."
In August 2018, Yo-Yo began a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach's six suites for solo cello in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture's power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and three years later moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Leonie Sonning Music Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), Kennedy Center Honors (2011), the Polar Music Prize (2012), the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music (2013), and the J. Paul Getty Medal Award (2016). He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
Yo-Yo and his wife have two children. He plays three instruments, a 2003 Moes & Moes cello, made in the United States, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice, and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.
The greatly talented Israeli pianist and conductor, Daniel Barenboim, was born in Argentina to parents of Jewish Russian descent. He started piano lessons at the age of five with his mother, continuing to study with his father who remained his only other teacher. In August 1950, when he was only seven years old, he gave his first official concert in Buenos Aires. Important influences in his development as a musician included Artur Rubinstein and Adolf Busch, both of whom performed in Argentina. The Barenboim family moved to Israel in 1952.
Two years later, in the summer of 1954, the parents brought their son to Salzburg to take part in Igor Markevitch's conducting classes. During that same summer he also met Wilhelm Furtwängler, played for him and attended some of the great conductor's rehearsals and a concert. Wilhelm Furtwängler subsequently wrote a letter including the words, "The eleven year-old Barenboim is a phenomenon …" that was to open many doors to Daniel Barenboim for a long time afterwards. In 1955 the young Daniel Barenboim studied harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
Daniel Barenboim made his debut as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in 1952, in Paris in 1955, in London in 1956 and in New York in 1957 with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Symphony of the Air. From then on, he made annual concert tours of the USA and Europe. He toured Australia in 1958 and soon became known as one of the most versatile pianists of his generation.
Daniel Barenboim made his first gramophone recordings in 1954 and soon began recording the most important works in the piano repertory, including complete cycles of the piano sonatas of W.A. Mozart and L.v. Beethoven and concertos by W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven (with Otto Klemperer), Johannes Brahms (with John Barbirolli) and Béla Bartók (with Pierre Boulez).
During the same period, Daniel Barenboim began to devote more time to conducting. His close relationship with the English Chamber Orchestra, kindled in 1965, lasted over a decade, during which time they performed frequently in England, with Barenboim as both conductor and pianist, and made tours all over Europe, to the USA and Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Following his début as a conductor with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 1967, Daniel Barenboim was in demand with all the leading European and American symphony orchestras. Between 1975 and 1989 he was Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, his tenure marked by a commitment to contemporary music, with performances of works by Lutoslawski, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Henze, Henri Dutilleux, Takemitsu and others.
Daniel Barenboim has always been active as a chamber musician, performing with, among others, his late wife, cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as well as with Gregor Piatigorsky, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. He has also accompanied Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in lieder recitals.
Daniel Barenboim made his opera conducting début in 1973 with a performance of W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh International Festival. He made his Bayreuth début in 1981 and has been a regular visitor there ever since, conducting Tristan und Isolde, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger.
In 1991 Daniel Barenboim succeeded Sir Georg Solti as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with which he has since enjoyed countless successes in all the world's great concert halls. In 1992 he became General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He currently holds both posts. He has also had a long and distinguished association with the Berliner Philharmoniker and maintains a close relationship as well with the Vienna Philharmonic, with which he toured the USA, Paris and London in 1997.
Daniel Barenboim is a prolific recording artist and has made recordings since 1954 for Westminster, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Philips, Sony Classical (CBS Masterworks), BMG, Erato Disques and Teldec. He now records exclusively for Teldec, which has issued solo recordings and albums in which he conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin.
In addition, Daniel Barenboim's best selling recording of Argentinian tangos, Mi Buenos Aires Querido: Tangos Among Friends in collaboration with Rodolfo Mederos and Héctor Console was released in 1996 to great acclaim. His Tribute to Ellington with Diane Reeves, Don Byron and Chicago-based jazz musicians was released in autumn 1999 for the centenary of Ellington's birth. Summer 2000 sees the release of his latest crossover project; Brazilian Rhapsody, an album of Brazilian popular music arranged by Bebu Silvetti and featuring Daniel Barenboim with Brazilian music legends, Milton Nascimento and Cyro Baptista.
Musicians are by definition communicators. In their performances and with their unique interpretation of the music they convey the style and the meaning of a work to their audience. Daniel Barenboim's incisive intelligence, exceptional technique and meticulous musicianship have been at the core of many definitive performances and recordings as both pianist and conductor. He has also succeeded in building a variety of other bridges:
1) A Jew born during the Second World War - and an Israeli by nationality - he has worked closely over many years with three German orchestras - the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra - in an atmosphere of mutual affection and respect.
2) When it comes to music education Mr. Barenboim, himself the father of two teenaged boys, is keen to draw young people to music. He was closely involved in the planning of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's new interactive music learning center, ECHO, which opened in September 1998. ECHO is the first facility of its kind in the world that permits children of all ages to explore jazz, blues, gospel, rap, folk, pop and ethnic music – as well as classical – through interactive technology and special exhibits.
3) In the early 1990's, a chance meeting between Mr. Barenboim and the Palestinian-born writer and Columbia University professor Edward Saïd in a London hotel lobby led to an intensive friendship that has had both political and musical repercussions. These two men, who should have been poles apart politically, discovered in that first meeting, which lasted for hours, that they had similar visions of Israeli/Palestinian possible future co-operation.
They decided to continue their dialogue and to collaborate on musical events to further their shared vision of peaceful co-existence in the Middle East. This led to Mr. Barenboim's first concert on the West Bank, a piano recital atthe Palestinian Birzeit University in February 1999, and to a workshop for young musicians from the Middle East that took place in Weimar, Germany, in August 1999.
The West-Eastern Divan Weimar ‘99 Workshop took two years to organise and involved talented young musicians between the ages of 14 and 25 from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Israel. The idea was that they would come together to make music on neutral ground with the guidance of some of the world's best musicians. Weimar was chosen as the site for the workshop because of its rich cultural tradition of writers, poets, musicians and creative artists and because it is the 1999 European cultural capital. Daniel Barenboim wisely chose two concertmasters for the orchestra, an Israeli and a Lebanese. There were some tense moments among the young players at first but, coached by members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin, and following master classes with the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and nightly cultural discussions with Saïd and Barenboim, the young musicians worked and played in increasing harmony.
4) Barenboim has reached out, both in relation to his audiences and to opening himself up to new musical experiences. He has programmed contemporary works alongside repertoire from the classical and romantic eras. He has also expanded his repertoire to include African American music, Argentinian tango, jazz and Brazilian music and shared these experiences with his audiences.
His 1995 performance and recording of Hannibal Lokumbe's African Portraits with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, gospel singer Jevetta Steele, blues singer David ‘Honeyboy' Edwards, the Hannibal Lokumbe Quartet and three African American choruses is one example. His recording of Argentinian tangos, Mi Buenos Aires Querido: Tangos Among Friends is another. Barenboim and his fellow musicians later performed this repertoire in several North American and European cities. Tribute to Ellington, his foray into jazz, and Brazilian Rhapsody further demonstrate Barenboim's inexhaustible musical curiosity and his conviction that music should bring people together.
In 2000 the music world celebrated the 50th anniversary of Daniel Barenboim's performance début with major musical events in Berlin, Chicago, New York - and on the actual anniversary, August 19 - Buenos Aires. Always looking to the future, the indefatigable musician has also recorded for release in his anniversary year his first L.v. Beethoven symphonies cycle, both for CD and the new DVD Audio technology. Also in 2000, the Staatskapelle Berlin elected Daniel Barenboim chief conductor for life.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth by recording the Triple Concerto. Pairing the Concerto with the Seventh Symphony, new Deutsche Grammophon album also marks the 20th birthday of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra . Album set for release on 40 years after appearance of legendary Triple Concerto recording made by Mutter and Ma under Herbert von Karajan
Making an early appearance in this Beethoven anniversary year is a very special new album from Deutsche Grammophon. It couples the composer's Seventh Symphony, op.92 with the Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello, op.56, the latter work featuring three of today's most renowned classical artists and Beethoven interpreters – Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim. The acclaimed West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, meanwhile, gives vibrant, richly nuanced performances of two works central to the 2020 celebrations.
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Daniel Barenboim, three of today's most renowned classical artists and Beethoven interpreters, celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with a recording of the Triple Concerto coupled with the Seventh Symphony. The recordings were made at concerts held in Buenos Aires and Berlin – in July and October 2019 respectively – to mark the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's 20th birthday. In a third anniversary, it is 40 years since the appearance of the legendary Triple Concerto recording made by Mutter and Ma under Herbert von Karajan in 1980.
For June 18 2020, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim - Beethoven: Sym. #7 & Triple Concerto is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured New Release.'
Crossover Media Projects with: Mutter, Ma, Barenboim