Death maiden konzert

«Death and the Maiden» in Tokyo On Tour

Toppan Hall

Sat, 7 Dec 2024 16:00 Tokyo, Toppan Hall Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Direction and Violin

Works by Schubert, Gesualdo, Kurtág and others


Byzantine Chant on Psalm 140, arranged for solo violin and string orchestra by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Death and the Maiden, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor Op. post. D 810, arranged for string orchestra by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Franz Schubert
Der Tod und das Mädchen D 531, arranged for voice and string orchestra by Michi Wiancko

Carlo Gesualdo (1566–1613)
Moro, lasso, al mio duolo from Madrigal Book 6

György Kurtág (*1926)
Ligatura-Message to Frances-Marie (The Answered Unanswered Question) Op. 31b

György Kurtág
Ruhelos from Kafka-Fragmente for Solo Violin Op. 24

Programme without interval
Running time: approx. 1 hour

About the programme

Alongside love, the music's "favourite theme" is clearly that of death. With this programme, Patricia Kopatchinskaja has created a kind of meditation on death, a reflection in various images, bizarre, sarcastic, ironic, daring...

It is only a short step from the rattling "Dance of  Death" in the Renaissance to Franz Schubert's song and string quartet Death and the Maiden: death always dances (and sings?) along. Does it help to invoke the Lord God in the face of this threat? This is what a Byzantine psalm tries to do: quietly, pleadingly. Things become more complicated with the notorious Carlo Gesualdo. His madrigal Moro, lasso, al mio duolo is the music of a murderer. And Kurtág raises the question of whether death means eternal peace at all. Or how else should one interpret his shortest piece for violin? Ruhelos? (Restless?)

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