Live: 15 August, 7 pm, Saanen Church

 

 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin
Joonas Ahonen, Piano

Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)
Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Allegro con brio
Adagio cantabile
Scherzo. Allegro
Finale. Allegro – Presto

Anton Webern (1883-1945)
4 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer Sonata”
Adagio sostenuto – Presto
Andante con Variazioni
Presto

Before the concert starts, there will be an interview with Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Artist Description

Who ever doubted that musical interpretations could be spontaneous and unexpected, should come and enjoy a concert of Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The Moldavian violinist is full of vitality - every part of her body from her fingers to her feet (she often performs barefoot!) sparks with energy. Hence, it should not come as a surprise that she entertains a vivid dialogue between the music of the past and the present: She's a favourite of contemporary composers - they couldn't have found a better ambassador for their cause. In the past, we at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival have often been a witness of her new musical adventures: She introduced us (together with her friend and musical ally Sol Gabetta) to new masterpieces by acclaimed contemporary composers such as Jorge Sánchez Chiong, Mark Anthony Turnage, Pēteris Vasks und Francisco Coll.

Corelli in Moldavia

These days virtually every artist has a personal website. Most often however they're full of bland marketing. Patricia Kopatchinskaja's webpage is wonderfully different. Here you can find texts written by the artist herself sharing her thoughts on her work as well as personal ideas on diverse subjects («Why is one a musician?» or «With Terre des Hommes in Moldavia»)   Patricia Kopatchinskaja comes from Moldavia and maintains a strong connection to her homeland. She shows a particular interest in intercultural exchange: «Ever since the Roman Empire Moldavia with its Black Sea coast has had a close relationship to the Mediterranean and its people. You can picture the great Italian Baroque violinists (Corelli, Tartini) having played like the violinists in the Moldavian countryside nowadays: With an exceptional sense for rhythm and harmony. They're very open to new influences, especially from Arabia. » Patricia Kopatchinskaja embodies just that: The entire world in one single violin.
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