On 17 December he joins forces with Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim in a Brahms sonata recital at Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. The program focuses on the Op. 120 Sonatas, a pair of works written toward the end of Brahms’s life and conceived with two alternative combinations of instruments in mind.
Widmann’s performing year will be closed by his attendance to the Mendelssohn-Festival at Pierre Boulez Saal on 19 December. Together with Elena Baschkirowa-Barenboim and Karl-Heinz Steffens he will perform Mendelsohn’s Concerto Pieces No. 1 and No. 2 for Clarinet, Basset Horn, and Piano
The fulminant conclusion of this year will be the world premiere of Sister Death at the Berliner Philharmonie the same evening. This piece, commissioned by Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin, is a scene from the opera Babylon, which explores the limitations and the confusion of language and will be performed by Anna Prohaska, soprano, Nicolas Altstaedt, cello, and Francesco Corti organ, harpsichord.