Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A $12 million lawsuit has come before the Manhattan court, alleging that the top-selling violinist David Garrett forced his former girlfriend, a porn star, to endure rough sex. He also allegedly required her to drink his urine. The actress Ashley Youdan (also known as Kendall Karson ) says he left her with broken ribs. Sordid details here in the New York Post. Garrett’s lawyers contest the claims. Youdan’s lawyers say they have audio and photographs. David Garrett, 35, is immensely popular in Germany and central Europe. His recording of the Beethoven concerto has outsold Anne-Sophie Mutter and all other recent performances.
The word has been out on Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich ever since his Moscow concerto debut six years ago, at the age of nine. Now, 15, he signed today to DG to record the Beethoven concerto. They think he’s the next Anne-Sophie Mutter.
For New Year’s Eve 2015, the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle featured music by French composers. The soloist was violinist Anne – Sophie Mutter, who played selections by Ravel and Saint Saens. Listeners get to hear Ms. Mutter perform Saint Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and “Tsigane” by Maurice Ravel. Here is Ms. Mutter in the work by Saint Saens, in an arrangement for violin and piano, rather than orchestral accompaniment:
The Iberian age of high fees and seat prices is over. Tickets to this week’s Madrid concert of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynn Harrell and Yefim Bronfman have been cut to half-price and the hall is still unsold. More details here.
I have admired the musicianship and performances by Anne-Sophie Mutter for many years. Here is what promises to be a fine concert in Berlin by this outstanding artist: Venue: Philharmonie-Berlin, Large hall Address: Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany The performers are: ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER, YEFIM BRONFMAN & LYNN HARRELL Date/time: THURSDAY, MAY 19 2016, 8:00 PM Program: Beethoven, Ludwig van Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, op. 97, “Archduke” Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50 The three acclaimed soloists listed above join together for piano trios by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Yefim Bronfman (piano) and Lynn Harrell (cello) perform Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio and Tchaikovsky’s technically demanding Piano Trio in A minor. Anne-Sophie Mutter was born in Rheinfelden in Baden. She embarked on her international career as a soloist in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival and a year later made her Salzburg debut under Herbert von Karajan. Ever since then she has been in equal demand as a soloist and chamber musician, and has given concerts in all the major music centres of Europe, North America and Asia. Here is Ms. Mutter in the Kreutzer sonata by Beethoven: