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Cutting Edge Classics for Berlin Club Night

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 Yellow Lounge recording.

The ‎ground-breaking project, co-produced by DG 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, the year of the 40th anniversary of her stage debut.

“Yellow Lounge is a unique concept”, said Mutter after her performance, which will be followed by a second one on May 8. “It brings the world’s greatest music to an audience that might not otherwise get to hear it, 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 – the hand-picked ensemble of young alumni of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The programme spanned three centuries of classical music – from Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi to George Gershwin and John Williams – and was conceived by the violinist exclusively for these two live events and 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 Berlin’s techno clubs over a decade ago, Yellow Lounge has extended its reach across the world, but last night it came back to its birthplace, and to one of the city’s latest 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.

May 8th, 2015

For a first impression of this legendary event, click here.


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