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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Sol Gabetta

    Tue 26 Oct, 6.30pm UTC
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £15 ⁠–⁠ £45
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    Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Sol Gabetta
    Julia Wesely

    Duo partners Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta present a mixture of gems and fireworks on their journey from the Baroque to the present day.

    The two most expressive string instruments in existence are bound together in this recital, which hurtles towards Zoltán Kodály’s emotionally harrowing Duo.

    The composer wrote the music on paper he retrieved from an abandoned school as he fled the outbreak of war 1914.

    The result combines open-hearted melodies with anguished pain and the frenetic turmoil of a traditional Hungarian dance in overdrive – the premonition of a continent torn apart by conflict.

    On the way there, Kopatchinskaja and Gabetta play right hand and left hand in arrangements of finger-twisting piano works by JS & CPE Bach and Scarlatti, take on Ravel’s athletic sonata for violin and cello and stop by Ligeti’s touching 90th-birthday tribute to a colleague.

    A not-to-be-missed recital from two artists who bring energy and intensity to everything they do.

    ‘The most exciting violinist in the world’

    The Strad on Patricia Kopatchinskaja
    • Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
    • Sol Gabetta cello
    • Leclair: Tambourin from Violin Sonata in C, Op.5 No.10
    • Jörg Widmann: Valse bavaroise; Toccatina all'inglese from 24 Duos
    • Bach: Prelude from Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV.860 *
    • Francisco Coll: Rizoma
    • D Scarlatti: Sonata in G, Kk.305
    • Ravel: Sonata for violin & cello
    • Interval
    • Bach: Selection from 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV.772-86 *
    • Ligeti: Hommage à Hilding Rosenberg
    • Xenakis: Dipli zyia
    • CPE Bach: Presto in C minor, Wq.114/3 *
    • Kodály: Duo, Op.7

    Need to know

    * Please note, change to repertoire from that originally advertised.

    Dates & times

    Tue 26 Oct, 6.30pm UTC

    Approximate run time: 115 mins.

    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£15 ⁠–⁠ £45*
    • Concessions25%**

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