[People] like to see a cake brought to the stage, all nice and ready-made. I don’t bring a cake. I bring the ingredients and bake it on the stage.
The Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is one of the most fascinating and inventive artistic figures today: she shifts, without pretention, the patently agreed-upon structures of classical music in order to imbue them with new meaning. This year, the Festival devotes a fourfold portrait to this artist, in performances that explore her widely diverse formats and styles. She may first be heard with the London Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Concerto in D, in which her virtuoso playing embraces both light-hearted humour and elegiac lament to perfection. Next she is joined on the piano by Fazil Say—her spiritual brother in creative charisma—in a recital dedicated to three great sonatas of the repertoire. The highlight of the portrait is an evening at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, for which she has been given carte blanche: she will perform a fascinating piece by Nono that showcases her talents in improvisation and movement, followed by a very personal version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Lastly, she makes a friendly appearance in Barbara Hannigan’s recital, to play one of Messiaen’s early works, along with the pianist Bertrand Chamayou and the young tenor Charles Sy.
PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA — FAZIL SAY
Monday 5 July, 9:30pm — Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède
Thursday 8 July, 9:30pm — Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède
Monday 12 July, 8pm — Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — Conductors: Susanna Mälkki and Clément Mao-Takacs
Wednesday 14 July, 8pm — Grand Théâtre de Provence
— LEARN MORE ABOUT PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA
She is a player of rare expressive energy and disarming informality, of whimsy and theatrical ambition.
New York Times — 11 June 2018
Patricia Kopatchinskaja is incapable of giving a boring performance. She is one of classical music’s great risk takers...
Bachtrack — February 2016
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