“Late Night” concert with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

09 Mar 2019
Late Night at the Philharmonie

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

  • George Enescu
    Ménétrier (The Country Fiddler), No. 1 from Impressions dʼenfance (Childhood Impressions), op. 28 (4 min.)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

  • Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 1st Part (14 min.)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Presto in C minor, Wq 114/3, H. 230 (4 min.)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Ludwig Quandt cello

  • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
    Kaiserwalzer, op. 437 (arr. for chamber ensemble by Schoenberg) (2 min.)

    Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Tamara Stefanovich piano

  • Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 2nd Part (12 min.)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

  • Johann Strauss (Sohn)
    Schatzwalzer, op. 418 (arr. for string quartet, piano und Harmonium by Webern) (8 min.)

    Krzysztof Polonek violin, Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Heike Gneiting harmonium, Tamara Stefanovich piano

  • Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot lunaire, op. 21, 3rd Part (18 min.)

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja speaker, Egor Egorkin flute, Manfred Preis clarinet, Krzysztof Polonek violin, Naoko Shimizu viola, Ludwig Quandt cello, Tamara Stefanovich piano

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    Interview
    Patricia Kopatchinskaja talks about Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire (5 min.)

“I have played the Pierrot many times as a violinist,” Patricia Kopatchinskaja writes on her website. “But I always longed to do the speaker’s/singer’s part once.” We are talking about Arnold Schoenberg’s melodrama Pierrot lunaire, whose public premiere took place on 16 October 1912 and became a triumph: “Schoenberg and the performers,” Anton Webern reported, “had to return again and again, first and foremost of course Schoenberg; they clamoured for him in the hall repeatedly.”

When Patricia Kopatchinskaja was able to practice less than usual because of an arm condition, the violin virtuoso, originally from Moldova, began to learn Pierrot’s Sprechgesang “under the professional guidance of Esther de Bros”. “After a year’s work,” the virtuoso writes, “I took the plunge in October 2017 with musicians of the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer – in the adventurous surroundings of the Sky Salt Lake City Nightclub.” Now Patricia Kopatchinskaja will also present Schoenberg’s expressionistically honed miniatures in the scope of this Philharmonic Late Night, jointly with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and guests.

Also on this concert: waltzes by Johann Strauss II in arrangements by Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern, premiered on 27 May 1921 at a legendary concert of the “Society for Private Musical Performances”. Not only the oddity of the stylistic contrast, but also Schoenberg’s humorous emceeing contributed significantly to the success of the evening.

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