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Berliner Philharmoniker

Birthday concert for Peter Eötvös

He is one of the most important composers of our time: Peter Eötvös, who as a 14-year old studied with Zoltán Kodály, and who for many years conducted the legendary Ensemble intercontemporain. Last January he celebrated his 70th birthday. Since 1999, Eötvös has repeatedly been guest conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and this concert is a belated birthday present for him.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Peter Eötvös Conductor

Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

To Peter Eötvös on the occasion of his 70th birthday

Wolfgang Rihm

IN-SCHRIFT 2

Peter Eötvös

DoReMi, Violin Concerto No. 2

Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin

Johannes Brahms

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (orch. Arnold Schoenberg)

Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation in co-operation with Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin

Dates and Tickets Introduction one hour before the concert begins.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 8 p.m.

Philharmonie

Non-subscription concert

21 to 64 €

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 7 p.m.

Philharmonie

21 to 64 €

Programme

Already at the age of 14, Peter Eötvös studied composition with Zoltán Kodály at the Budapest Music Academy; he then obtained a diploma in conducting in Cologne. He pursued his dual talent equally, including for many years as head of the Ensemble Intercontemporain founded by Pierre Boulez. Peter Eötvös celebrated his 70th birthday on 2 January 2014, an event that the Berliner Philharmoniker are taking as an opportunity to dedicate a concert to the Hungarian composer, conductor and pedagogue. Eötvös’ Second Violin Concerto, entitled DoReMi, is on the programme; it is along the traditional lines of the genre: an unprecedented musical competition unfolds in front of listeners in the interaction between solo and orchestra. (The soloist is Patricia Kopatchinskaja.)

Before that, they will play Wolfgang Rihm’s orchestra piece IN-SCHRIFT 2, which was premiered in Berlin in October 2013 at the “50 Years of the Philharmonie” gala concert. Rihm took as the basis for his spatial composition the reality of the main concert hall of the Philharmonie, so the musicians are grouped around the auditorium. The evening will be rounded off with Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor op. 25 in Arnold Schönberg’s orchestral version. Schönberg saw the “developing variation” sketched out in the work that he described as the basic prerequisite of his twelve-tone technique. At the premiere of the quartet on 16 November 1861, to be sure, the finale designated “alla zingarese” generated the greatest response with its innumerable allusions to the csárdás, perpetuum mobile episodes and trio serenade.

Peter Eötvös
Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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