Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Dies Irae

Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
From £15
past event
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Patricia Kopatchinskaja with a violin on her back in a forest
Julia Wesely

The innovative violinist evokes humanity's final day on earth, a ‘day of wrath’, in a staged reflection of our collective awakening to climate change.

Through music old and new, Kopatchinskaja, one of our Resident Artists for Spring/Summer 2024, leads a musician's reaction to a deeply threatened world.

This formidable performance features a repertoire of music that is by turns furious, impassioned and unsettling, culminating in Galina Ustwolskaja’s merciless Dies Irae and the Gregorian chant that inspired it, a striking signal marking the end of humanity.

First presented at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021, Dies Irae was described by The Times as a ‘powerful reaction to climate change’. As Kopatchinskaja puts it: ‘Dies Irae is a reflection on our time, the climate disaster, our last day. Humanity is not infinite – but maybe our sounds and thoughts remain somewhere in the memory of the universe.’

Under a veil of video projections, lighting and theatrical staging, Kopatchinskaja, joined by the ever-original Aurora Orchestra, asks you to leave your comfort zone and join her in the fight for our world's future.

  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
  • Michael Wendeberg piano, organ, harpsichord
  • Aurora Voices
  • Scelsi: Okanagon for harp, tamtam & double bass
  • Biber: Battalia à 10 in D
  • Crumb: Sounds of bones and flutes (No.2); Danse macabre (No.5); Devil-music (No.4); God-music (No.10); Threnody II: Black Angels! (No.7) from Black Angels for electric string quartet
  • PatKop: Die Wut (The Rage)
  • Lotti: Crucifixus a 10
  • Improvisation: On a Byzantine prayer
  • Dowland: Lachrimae antiquae novae
  • Ustvolskaya: Composition No.2 (Dies Irae)
  • Gregorian Chant: Dies irae

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Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Haze and flashing lights are used in this performance.

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Contains scenes that some may find disturbing. CW: death, war and violence.

Dates & times

Wed 21 Feb, 7.30pm
Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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