Patricia Kopatchinskaja (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Berliner Philharmoniker

Kirill Petrenko conductor

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

Arnold Schoenberg

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 36

Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op. 64

Dates and Tickets

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Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie I

Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 20:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 19:00

Serie K


Total understatement: “How do you become a musician? Every story is different. In my case, I was never asked if I wanted to be one. My parents are both musicians, and when I showed a certain talent for the violin at an early age, I received professional training – first in Moldova, then later in Vienna. And now I just try to make the best of it.” Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who moved to Vienna in 1989 from where she launched her global career, is one of the leading violinists of her generation. In Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation concerts, she made her debut in March 2011 accompanied by the Junge Deutschen Philharmonie under the baton of Andrey Boreyko, and has since been a guest of the Berliner Philharmoniker on many occasions.

In these concerts, the virtuoso is the soloist in Arnold Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto op. 36, dedicated to “Dr. Anton von Webern”. The piece, which was designed according to the rules of the method “with twelve tones only related to each other”, is one of the first major works that Schoenberg undertook after emigrating to the USA. In it, the composer succeeded in artfully interlocking a densely-packed compositional technique with the traditional concessions to the dazzlingly brilliant virtuosity of the solo part. It was not for nothing that he jokingly remarked that the music was intended for a new kind of “violin player with 6 fingers”.

After the interval, Kirill Petrenko has programmed Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which is one of the composer’s most popular creations today. However, this success was unexpected as the work, despite its successful German premiere in Hamburg in 1889, had been “completely forgotten” two years later as the music critic Nikolay Kashkin reported in his reminiscences of Tchaikovsky, published in 1896. He then continued that “Arthur Nikisch, the present Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Philharmonic concerts in Berlin, took the symphony on, and performed it in London, Leipzig, Berlin and Moscow with such brilliant success that one can hope that it will take its proper place in the symphonic repertoire”. The action of Nikisch, who Tchaikovsky revered as a “master of his craft” and as a “magician in front of the orchestra”, did not fail to have its effect. More and more conductors took on the work with the result that today, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is one of the world’s most frequently performed symphonies, alongside Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Beethoven’s Eroica.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Kirill Petrenko (photo: Monika Rittershaus)

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