Comprised of leading members of the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, the Kammerorchester Wien–Berlin, founded in 2008, combines the unbridled sound beauty of both leading orchestras in their agile, chamber music-like playing. In a debut recording released today the ensemble presents Schnittke’s Concerto For Piano And String Orchestra, Op. 136, in a first recording for DG alongside Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 For Piano, Trumpet & Strings, Op.35 and Lutosławski’s Variations On A Theme Of Paganini arranged for Piano, String Orchestra & Percussion. Denis Matsuev is the solo pianist in all three pieces; Gábor Tarkövi is the trumpeter in the Shostakovich concerto.
The cornerstone for this ensemble was laid by Sir Simon Rattle with his wish to conduct a joint concert with both the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker for his 50th birthday. The playing was so inspiring that the desire arose to continue this shared experience and the Kammerorchester Wien – Berlin was born. Today, under the artistic direction of Rainer Honeck (concertmaster of the Wiener Philharmoniker), the musicians meet regularly to perform chamber works outside the great philharmonic repertoire, while they are frequently joined by the most sought-after soloists of our time. The orchestra celebrated its US debut in 2019 with the concerts there with Anne-Sophie Mutter the crowning conclusion of a spectacular tour that saw enthusiastic audiences in 25 venues, such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Vienna Musikverein, as well as in Athens, Madrid, Lucerne, and Berlin.