Schubert, Brahms and Janáček

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin
Fazil Say, Piano

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonatina for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Minor, D 385
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
Violin Sonata in G-sharp Minor, JW VII/7

Recorded live on 7 August 2021 at the Church of Saanen

More faithful friends of the event! For their meeting at the summit, the “indomitable” Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say have chosen Schubert, Brahms and Janáček’s all too rare Violin Sonata. “I wrote this sonata in 1914 while we were waiting for the Russians in Moravia,” reveals the musician. Russians whom he holds in his heart and whose soul and culture are even reflected in his music, such as the citations from his own opera “Katja Kabanova”, which indeed tells a Russian story.

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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20 comments on “Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Fazil Say

Beeindruckend! Ihr Konzert in Istanbul @ 24.07.21 war auch toll! Die Türken sind stolz auf Sie. Danke Fazil Say!

Of course we do: “Romanian Folk Dances No 3 – 6”, arranged for violin and piano by Zoltán Székely.

Wonderful concert, great to watch as well as listen, and Bartok fun to play too!
Thank you.

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