Reto Bieri | Patricia Kopatchinskaja et al.
Schubert | Schwitters | Stravinsky et al.
Sun, 15.08. | 16.00 | No. 212303
“Out of the Box”
Performances made from boxes and artists – including beautiful melodies by Galina Ustvolskaya, Franz Schubert, Alvin Lucier, Igor Stravinsky, Giuseppe Verdi, and Iannis Xenakis as well as a film version of Kurt Schwitters’s Ursonate
What a performance! Four house technicians drag four large, heavy wooden boxes onto the stage, carefully unpack and open them ... and – surprise! – “out of the box” climb Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri, Annekatrin Klein, and Anthony Romaniuk. With the violin, the clarinet, and various keyboard instruments, they explore the most diverse musical constellations, oscillating between sense and nonsense – in the process provoking deep insights or revealing surprising connections. All of this happens to great music by composers from Franz Schubert and Giuseppe Verdi to Galina Ustvolskaya, Iannis Xenakis, and Alvin Lucier. Also on the program is the famous Ursonate, the legendary sound poem by the Dada poet Kurt Schwitters: it will be presented as a film recording with the four artists. At the end, they will be packed up again and transported away in their crates. A staged concert that stands out from the ordinary – aiming to enchant us all, the nurse as well as the sales manager.
With friendly support of the Landis & Gyr Foundation
Patricia Kopatchinskaja © Marco Borggreve
The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja was born in 1977 in Chişinău in the Republic of Moldova into a musical family – her mother is also a violinist and her father plays cimbalom. In 1989 the family emigrated to Vienna, where Kopatchinskaja began her studies at the Music Academy at the age of 13; she transferred four years later to the Academy of the Arts in Bern, completing her education there with Igor Ozim. She became known in professional circles through her victory at the International Szeryng Competition (2000) and won the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2002. Today Kopatchinskaja works with leading orchestras and attracts attention through her unusual, often radical performances. Equally at home in early music, the Romantic repertoire, and contemporary fare, she is also an animated chamber musician and designs staged concerts. As LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile” in 2017, she was able to showcase this wide spectrum. In the 2018-19 season, Kopatchinskaja appeared under Kirill Petrenko with the Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra as well as the Berlin Philharmonic. She made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra with Peter Eötvös’s violin concerto Seven, played the Tchaikovsky Concerto on a tour with Teodor Currentzis to Japan, and concertized with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. She also joined with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic to sing and play as the narrator in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Among the awards that Kopatchinskaja’s recordings have garnered are the International Classical Music Award, the Prix Caecilia, and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Year Award. Her album Death and the Maiden, which includes works from Dowland to Kurtág, won a Grammy Award in 2018. Her most recent release, with the pianist Polina Leschenko, is of sonatas by Bartók and Poulenc.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 7 September 2002 playing the Sibelius Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons.
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