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In Search of Rare Sounds
For me, the main attractions of the concert were Ligeti's opus and its interpretation by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, whose performance seemed to contain her experience as composer. Kopatchinskaja plays in a very cerebral, yet at the same time visceral way! Here is a combination you can rarely find in the world of music. The artist encountered skills to match her own in the musicians of the Münich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Liebreich.
It is no coincidence that György Ligeti's masterpiece is so rarely performed - Violin Concerto is a fantastic creation, abounding in variety of states and techniques, which I am sure that during its five parts can tire a musician who does not see in this effort a way of re-energizing and perhaps re-inventing themselves…
Patricia Kopatchinskaja plays, the same as all in her "league", a very valuable instrument: a Giovanni Francisco Pressenda violin dating back to 1834 with a splendid sound: bright in the high register and warm like a viola in the medium and low registers. Still, however old or expensive the instrument itself, Patricia Kopatchinskaja is the one who makes it vibrate.
During intermission, I got an autograph from the artist born in Chiºinãu on her latest disk, in collaboration with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Modern Ensemble and Peter Eötvös. The disk launched by the Naïve recording house, which contains Bartok's Violin Concerto no. 2, "Seven" by Peter Eötvös and Ligeti's Violin Concerto, will be available for purchase at the end of October.
Translated by Ioana Ristulescu
MTTC, Bucharest University