Patricia Kopatchins­kaja II

Violin Concertos of Classical Modernism - Berg and Schönberg

About the Concert

Of the violin concertos of the 20th century, Alban Berg's is probably the most moving, Arnold Schoenberg's the most monumental. Schoenberg's concerto had a hard time at first: the great violinist Jascha Heifetz rejected it as unplayable. Yet it was written for him and he was considered THE violin virtuoso of his time. It is indeed very difficult for the soloist, but as with so much that is truly beautiful, it opens up when you surrender to it. Patricia Kopatchinskaja loves the work, its romantic and expressive features, but also its gruff passages, and plays it again and again with great passion.
"To the memory of an angel" - with the somewhat enigmatic dedication of his violin concerto, Alban Berg referred to Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler-Werfel and Walter Gropius. She died of polio at the age of 19 - her death shook Viennese society. Berg succeeded in creating a deeply moving musical portrayal of the young woman, her dreams, her traits and her unfulfilled desires. Patricia Kopatchinskaja dedicates the concert to the American violinist Louis Krasner, who commissioned the work from Berg.

The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk and broadcast at a later date.


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
"Die Hebriden" Konzertouvertüre (1829-32)

Arnold Schönberg

Johann Sebastian Bach
Ricercar a 6 aus "Das musikalische Opfer", für Orchester gesetzt von Anton Webern

Alban Berg
Violinkonzert "Dem Andenken eines Engels"


Jonathan Stockhammer
Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Dresdner Philharmonie


Jonathan Stockhammer

Understanding and appreciating music in its universality is the driving force behind the work of Los Angeles-born conductor Jonathan Stockhammer. He loves opera, classical ballet and modern dance theater just as much as experimental world premieres or unconventional concert formats that enable new listening experiences. He now lives in Germany, from where he has built up close artistic relationships with well-known European ensembles.

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja

With a combination of depth, brilliance and humor, violinist and composer Patricia Kopatchinskaja brings an inimitable sense of theatricality to her musical performances. Creative, curious and radiant, she casts an energetic spell over her audience. As Artist in Residence of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2023/24 season, she will perform the great violin concertos of the 1930s, including those by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Berg and Bartók, during a festival weekend in June.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Top Class!

Top class!
That is the claim of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra stands for concerts at the highest artistic level, musical education for all ages and looking beyond the musical horizon. Guest performances on almost every continent and collaborations with guests from all over the world have established the reputation of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the international classical music world.  

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