ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER – CUTTING-EDGE CLASSICS FOR BERLIN CLUB NIGHT
Berlin, 8 May 2015
Virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter created a sensation last night at Berlin’s Neue Heimat venue, recreating the impact of her legendary 2013 Yellow Lounge appearance, when she attracted one of the biggest crowds in the history of Deutsche Grammophon’s ground-breaking “classical-goes-clubbing” series. Now she’s pushing the electric atmosphere to the limit by making the first-ever live Yellow Lounge recording.
The ground-breaking project, co-produced by Deutsche Grammophon and ZDF, is set for global release in August, with German TV broadcasts in the summer and autumn, and a special documentary to follow in 2016.
“Yellow Lounge is a unique concept,” said Mutter after her first performance; a second concert follows this evening. “It introduces young people to great music, in intimate settings that really bring performers and listeners close together.”
Yesterday’s event lived up to the Yellow Lounge trademarks of a relaxed and unorthodox crowd for classical music, and a deeply intense, up-close-and-personal listening experience.
Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson welcomed Mutter’s return to the Yellow Lounge: “Last night, in Berlin, a part of classical music changed for ever. Anne-Sophie Mutter is breaking down boundaries, and taking risks without compromising her art – ultimately pushing on a door through which we hope others will follow.”
On stage with Mutter were her longtime accompanist Lambert Orkis, the Mutter Virtuosi – a hand-picked ensemble of young alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – and star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, whose solo debut with Deutsche Grammophon is released this month. The programme spanned three centuries of classical music – from Bach and Vivaldi to Gershwin and John Williams – and was conceived by the violinist exclusively for this Yellow Lounge event and the accompanying album.
Yellow Lounge fuses the classical world and club culture, combining performances from stars of the former with cutting-edge DJ and VJ sets in urban spaces. On turntables this time were DJs Clé and Canisius, who’ve worked numerous Yellow Lounges, as has world-renowned VJ Philipp Geist, who was responsible for the stunning visuals.
Since its launch in Germany’s techno clubs over a decade ago, Yellow Lounge has extended its reach across the world. Last night it took over one of Berlin’s hottest new venues, Neue Heimat – an old railway station turned into a hip urban space for street food, live gigs and other special events.
Yesterday’s Yellow Lounge concert offered a sense of freedom and connection with the audience, and the August release of Anne-Sophie Mutter – Live from the Yellow Lounge will convey all the thrills of this memorable live appearance to music-lovers worldwide.
For a sneak preview of this trailblazing event, as captured by the DG social media team, click here: http://my.deutschegrammophon.com/asmyl