Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Patricia Kopatchinskaja - Beethoven Violin concerto

The violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has caused a certain amount of controversy with her recent release of Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata with the pianist Fazil Say (that's them in the picture). It's a hair-raising ride, that much is for sure. Her playing takes a lot of risks and she doesn't play safe. You can read her spirited defence of their interpretation at her website. And you can listen (and watch) the pair performing on YouTube - see what you think.

One of her projects is a recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Philippe Herrreweghe and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, due for release later this year. In the meantime, here is a live recording made with those same forces. At the orchestra's website, an anonymous critique claims Grâce à l’explosive Patricia Kopatchinskaia, le concerto pour violon de Beethoven devient une expérience décapante. I'd certainly agree with that! Not everything she tries works, but the performance crackles with electricity.

And the encore is a virtuoso explosion of playing, half-playing, singing and other vocal noises, all in less than a minute!

Kopatchinskaja is one of those performers who bristles with oddball musical musical intelligence. It's going to be fascinating to hear how she develops.

Ludwig van Beethoven :
Concerto for violin & orchestra in D opus 61 (1806)
01 - I Allegro ma non troppo 22'02"
02 - II Larghetto + III Rondo 18'22"
Jorge Sanchez-Chiong (Born 1969):
Crin [for solo violin] (1996-7)
03 - Crin 00'55"

Orchestre des Champs-élyses
Philippe Herreweghe - conductor
Patricia Kopatchinskaia - violin
Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes (FR) (Academies Musicales)
15th july 2007.

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