Anne-Sophie Mutter and Manfred Honeck Set for All-Dvorak Program with NY Phil Tonight
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter will return to the New York Philharmonic for the first time since her tenure as the 2010-11 season's Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence. Manfred Honeck will conduct the one-night-only all-Dvor?a?k program featuring the Carnival Overture; the Violin Concerto, with Ms. Mutter as soloist; and Symphony No. 9, From the New World, tonight, December 10, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.
"I very fondly remember my time as the Orchestra's Artist-in-Residence," Ms. Mutter says. "I've grown even closer with the Philharmonic's musicians, with whom I've done such great recordings. I have a deep admiration for this outstanding orchestra and am excited now to bring the Dvor?a?k here with them."
At the conclusion of her tenure as Artist-in-Residence, The New York Times praised, "In all these concerts there was a sense of classical music as vibrantly alive, with exciting relationships between old and new."
Ms. Mutter's Deutsche Gramophon recording of Dvor?a?k's Violin Concerto, among other works, with Manfred Honeck and the Berlin Philharmonic will be released November 5. "The decision to perform and record the Dvor?a?k this year came about because of my collaboration with Manfred, with whom I've worked a number of times," Ms. Mutter said. "He has a strong connection with Czech music, and he brings such a level of personal insight to his reading of the score. This was exactly the musical partnership I wanted to bring to the piece."
Two of the works on the program are connected with Dvor?a?k's residence in New York, where he moved to be the first director of the National Conservatory of Music. He conducted the New Carnegie Hall, and in 1893 the Philharmonic premiered his New World Symphony.
Manfred Honeck has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) since the 2008-09 season; after two extensions, his contract now runs through the end of the 2019-20 season. Since 2010, annual tours have led Mr. Honeck and the PSO to numerous European music capitals and major music festivals, including the Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Berlin, Grafenegg Festival, Lucerne Festival, and the BBC Proms. The 2012 tour focused on a week-long residency at Vienna's Musikverein, and they undertook a European Festival Tour in the summer of 2013. Mr. Honeck and the PSO's recordings of Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 4, and 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, and Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben have been released to critical acclaim on Japan's Exton label; the recording of Mahler's Fourth Symphony won a 2012 International Classical Music Award. Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck began his career as conductor of Vienna's Jeunesse Orchestra, which he co-founded, and as assistant to Claudio Abbado at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. He was subsequently engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was awarded the prestigious European Conductor's Award in 1993. In 1996 he began a three-year stint as one of three main conductors of Leipzig's MDR Symphony Orchestra and, in 1997, he served as music director at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. A successful European tour with the Oslo Philharmonic marked the beginning of a close collaboration with that orchestra, which consequently appointed him principal guest conductor. He was music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Stockholm from 2000 to 2006, and principal guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2011, a position he resumed at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. As music director of the Stuttgart Staatsoper from 2007 to 2011, he conducted Berlioz's Les Troyens, Mozart's Idomeneo, Verdi's Aida, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carme?lites, and Wagner's Lohengrin and Parsifal. As a guest conductor, he has appeared with the Bavarian Radio and London Symphony Orchestras; Leipzig's Gewandhaus and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras; Israel and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras; Dresden Staatskapelle; and Orchestre de Paris. U.S. appearances have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago, National, and Boston symphony orchestras. Mr. Honeck most recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic in January 2013, his Philharmonic debut, leading works by Braunfels, Grieg, and Beethoven with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.