classical music

Patricia Kopatchinskaja's Death and the Maiden

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and her orchestra, Camerata Bern, present their Grammy-winning examination of Schubert’s greatest string quartet.

Franz Schubert had a strong vision of his own vulnerability and mortality. He was at a low ebb in March 1824 – sick, tired and unable to find peace. Every night, he went to bed hoping not to wake again.

When he felt able to write one day, Schubert reached for one of his own songs, in which death asks a young maiden innocently for her hand, offering eternal sleep. It became the tune on which Schubert would hang his string quartet and give voice to his innermost thoughts.

The resulting score is wracked with despair but filled with spirit. It opens with defiance, bursts with momentary hope and looks into an abyss of desperation. Ultimately, it finds hope and consolation.

In this specially curated performance, Patricia Kopatchinskaja presents her own orchestral arrangement of the quartet with her ensemble, Camerata Bern.

Their multifaceted exploration of Schubert’s work includes music by composers who came before and after him – from medieval dances of death to scintillating modernist fragments and a madrigal by a murderer, all pieces designed to show Death and the Maiden in a new light.

Kopatchinskaja’s rampant imagination and extraordinary communicative abilities have taken the classical music world by storm. Her CD recording of the Death and the Maiden project won a Grammy in 2018.

The whole of Death and the Maiden makes for thought-provoking, refreshing listening.
The Guardian

Performers

Camerata Bern
Patricia Kopatchinskaja director

Repertoire

Mendelssohn: Concerto in D minor for violin & string orchestra (Op. posth.)
Interval
Nörmiger: Toden Tanz
Anonymous: Byzantine Chant on Psalm 140 arr. Kopatchinskaja for violin & strings
Schubert: Allegro (1st movement) from String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death and the Maiden) arr. Kopatchinskaja for orchestra; Der Tod und das Mädchen, D.531 arr. Wiancko for string orchestra; Andante con moto (2nd movement) from String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death and the Maiden) arr. Kopatchinskaja for orchestra
John Dowland: Flow my tears (Lachrimae Pavane)
Schubert: Scherzo and Trio (3rd movement) from String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death and the Maiden) arr. Kopatchinskaja for orchestra
György Kurtag: Ligatura-Message to Frances-Maria (The Answered Unanswered Question), Op.31b; Ruhelos (Restless) from Kafka Fragments for soprano & violin, Op.24
Schubert: Presto (4th movement) from String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death and the Maiden) arr. Kopatchinskaja for orchestra

Dates & times

27 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£20 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£20, £30, £45

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Ticketing
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Related events
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free.