Brahms: Double Concerto & C. Schumann: Piano Trio
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Pablo Ferrandez, Lambert Orkis, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Manfred Honeck
For this collaboration with her protégé, cellist and Sony Classical exclusive artist Pablo Ferrández, Anne-Sophie Mutter has recorded Johannes Brahms' Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, op. 102, with the Czech Philharmonic and conductor Manfred Honeck, as well as Clara Schumann's rare Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17, with pianist and longtime musical partner Lambert Orkis. Cellist Pablo Ferrández, who received the 2021 Opus Klassik Award as "Young Artist of the Year" for his highly acclaimed debut album "Reflections" on Sony Classical, was a member of Anne-Sophie Mutter's hand-picked ensemble Mutter's Virtuosi Anne-Sophie Mutter has undoubtedly been one of the greats of the classical music world since her early collaboration with Herbert von Karajan, with whom she also recorded her first Brahm Double Concerto in 1983. In addition to her outstanding ability and high reputation, she has always been committed to encouraging and supporting new generations of string players, for example in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, which she established to promote musically gifted youngsters, including Pablo Ferrández. Both artists recorded the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms live in Prague in January 2022 with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, having already performed the same work in Madrid and Oxford The concerto is a chamber work with symphonic impact, a stimulating blend of musical togetherness as well as confrontation. In her collaboration with Pablo Ferrández, Anne-Sophie Mutter experienced a "fresh, open-minded and new" artistic partnership with a musician who, in her opinion, is "at the forefront" of the new generation of cellists Clara Schumann, artistically inseparable from Johannes Brahms, was a female composer in a man's world and was often and for a long time overlooked. "Both admired each other artistically, and Johannes Brahms often asked her for advice," Anne-Sophie Mutter said. Their human and artistic relationship united and inspired them. For the violinist, diversity also played an important role in the selection of the repertoire, in order to also shine a spotlight on a composer who has been neglected by music history. Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor from 1846 is one of her best works - a piece full of turbulence, impressive complexity and deep longing, which animated Anne-Sophie Mutter and especially her regular piano partner Lambert Orkis to a new dimension of musical conversation. The studio recording was made in Munich and is incomparable in its focus on Clara Schumann's individual musicality. "It inspires me to have such a musical conversation with Pablo," Anne-Sophie Mutter says of her work with Pablo Ferrández "Anne-Sophie Mutter is the ideal artist," says Pablo Ferrández. "There is always an idea behind her playing; everything happens for a reason. It's an honor not only to play and record with her, but to know her and have her as a mentor."