Anne Sophie Mutter plays Penderecki
at Bridgewater Hall
Berlioz Le Carnaval Romain
Krzysztof Penderecki Violin Concerto No. 2 (Metamorphosen)*
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5
Anne Sophie Mutter violin
Łukasz Borowicz conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Anne-Sophie Mutter needs no introduction to LPO audiences; the orchestra has enjoyed a long musical partnership with this incomparable artist. The prospect of hearing her luminous tone and effortless command in Penderecki's impassioned Second Violin Concerto, which was written especially for her, is genuinely exciting, as is the opportunity to hear it conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, who has worked closely with the composer.
Bookending the programme are works of celebration and of war. Berlioz’s overture Le Carnaval Romain, based on his opera Benvenuto Cellini, expertly conjures the atmosphere of Rome, bustling with excitement during Carnival. Writing in the late months of the Second World War, Prokofiev channelled his sense of hope and 'the greatness of the human spirit' into his Fifth Symphony, which premiered in Moscow in 1945 to the sound of gunfire.
*Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021
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