classical music

Patricia Kopatchinskaja Is Pierrot Lunaire

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Patricia Kopatchinskaja transforms herself into the human puppet of Schoenberg’s wacky cabaret.

When the maverick violinist injured her hand and was told to lay down her instrument, she got her musical fix reciting the song-speech of Schoenberg’s surrealist melodrama, Pierrot Lunaire.

With that, Kopatchinskaja’s new show was born – a mash-up pairing Pierrot’s 21 songs with music by Berio, CPE Bach, Johann Strauss and more, in which the violinist embodies the troubled clown while also taking the work’s testing violin part.

Pierrot Lunaire is one of Schoenberg’s most left-field creations and a high point of European modernism – a vision of Albert Giraud’s sarcastic, sadistic puppet-cum-human transfixed by the moon.

Over three sections of the music, we witness Pierrot’s satirical irony, nightmarish demise and nostalgic journey home.

Igor Stravinsky referred to the work as the ‘solar plexus... of early 20th-century music’.

Kopatchinskaja and her fellow players include music from Stravinsky’s own hard-hitting theatrical work A Soldier’s Tale as well as fantastical music by Johann Strauss, Luciano Berio and CPE Bach.

With Kopatchinskaja at the helm, nothing can be predicted – except wide-eyed wonder and first-class musicianship.

Kopatchinskaja is in a class of her own
The Times

Performers

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin, vocals
Meesun Hong Coleman violin
Thomas Kaufmann cello
Júlia Gallégo flute
Reto Bieri clarinet
Joonas Ahonen piano

Repertoire

CPE Bach: Free fantasia in F sharp minor for keyboard, Wq.67
Schoenberg: Phantasy for violin & piano, Op.47
Stravinsky: L'histoire du soldat Suite
Interval
Berio: Lied for solo clarinet
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire - Part 1
CPE Bach: Presto in C minor for keyboard, Wq.114 No.3
Bartók: Bagpipes from Duos for 2 violins, Sz.98
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire - Part 2
J Strauss (son): Emperor Waltz (Kaiser) arr. Schoenberg
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire - Part 3

Dates & times

6 May 2021
Approximate run time: 135 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

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Concessions

25% off (limited availablity)
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Ticketing
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