Beethoven Farewell

The grand Beethoven finale with Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Igor Levit

The musical weekends that LUCERNE FESTIVAL has added to its programming in 2020 offer special events that challenge the usual way of presentation. Innovative artistic personalities who courageously pursue unorthodox concepts serve as the curators: for example, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the pianist Igor Levit, both of whom are stirring up today’s music scene through their electrifying performances. These two artists share a drive to boldly push the envelope in ways that yield radical interpretations. “Why play only what we understand and already know?” asks Kopatchinskaja. “Better to look ahead and find something new!” Levit remarks: “The work is sacred, but human beings are free.” Both artists are also socially committed and concerned with issues beyond their art. Kopatchinskaja, for example, takes a stand against climate change, while Levit fights against anti-Semitism and supports refugees. 

Their weekend together in November 2020 marks the Festival’s finale to the Beethoven Year, in which we are celebrating the composer’s 250th birthday. All five concerts are therefore organized around the motto “Beethoven Farewell.” They honor his pioneering legacy while at the same time expanding our view of the aftermath of Beethoven, as seen in works by such figures as Leoš Janáček, Charles Ives, and György Kurtág.

Fri, 20.11 | KREUZER SONATA
Patricia Kopatchinskaja
violin | Igor Levit piano | TBA narrator | Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI

Leoš Janáček
String Quartet No. 1 after Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata, arranged for ensemble | readings from Lev Tolstoy’s TheKreutzer Sonata and Sofia Tolstoya’s Who’s to Blame? | works by Márton Illés and PatKop | Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 Kreutzer Sonata

Sat, 21.11 HAMMERKLAVIER SONATA
Igor Levit piano

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90 | Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101 | Piano Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106 Hammerklavier Sonata


Sat, 21.11 | KAFKA FRAGMENTS
Ah Young
soprano | Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin | TBA bassoon

Michael Herschsapped from me broken for soprano, violin, and bassoon | György Kurtág Kafka Fragments for soprano and violin, Op. 24


Sun, 22.11 | THE LAST THREE SONATAS
Igor Levit
piano

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata in E major, Op. 109 | Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110 | Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111


Sun, 22.11 BYE-BYE BEETHOVEN
Members of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
, the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin and musical direction

A staged concert featuring music by Charles Ives, Joseph Haydn, John Cage, Johann Sebastian Bach, György Kurtág, and Jorge Sánchez-Chiong as well as the Violin Concerto by Ludwig van Beethoven

Place and time will be announced at a later date.

Dates for Ticket Sales

Tickets may be purchased online starting 3 August 2020.

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