This recording of works for violin and piano/orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki marks and celebrates the long and fruitful cooperation and friendship between Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krzysztof Penderecki on the occasion of his 85th birthdayon 23 November 2018.

Deutsche Grammophon is releasing a double album showcasing a number of the composer’s works for violin and piano or violin and orchestra, including La Follia, Duo concertante, Sonata No. 2 andMetamorphosen. All of them feature the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose name is closely associated with that of Penderecki.

Pendereckidedicatedhis Violin Sonata No. 2 for Anne-Sophie Mutter, out of admiration for her interpretative skills, as have many other contemporary composers. The piece consists of five parts and is almost as long as the composer’s concertos for violin. Anne-Sophie premiered the work together with Lambert Orkis, her longtime musician partner, at the Barbican in London on 29 April 2000 and has recorded it now for the first time.
The recording of Duo concertanteincludes the young bass player Roman Patkoló as Anne-Sophie Mutter’s partner. Patkoló was a student of the Anne-Sophie Mutter foundation.

Mutter on Penderecki and his "Metamorphoses":

The great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki is, in the complexity of his musical development, equal to Picasso.
Few composers have demonstrated so many different sides and, at the same time so many contradictions. I met and learned to admire Penderecki at the beginning of the eighties. I found his Polish Requiem, which was written at this time, particularly moving. Now I feel extremely fortunate and privileged to be able to introduce a violin concerto from him to the world. Penderecki himself says that, which is new, can only be effective and known in context with that which is old. His ability to render new notes again and again is exemplified in his Second Violin Concerto. The Metamorphoses require my best technical skills and yet give me with tremendous musical fulfillment. One of the greatest musical highlights for me is the last slow segment, which picks up the pounding theme of the first segment. It concludes with a burial scene, in which the soul departs the dead body and ascends toward heaven. For me, this work is a physical and psychological challenge, which I often accept with tremendous gratitude.

Watch the Album Teaser: https://youtu.be/3UWDOot4WcY
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