Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Friends

Whitsun Festival 2022: Members of the SWR Symphonieorchester

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Have you heard of the Romanian composer George Enescu? A composer, violinist, pianist, teacher, and conductor, iconic cellist Pablo Casals referred to him as “the greatest genius since Mozart.” Enescu's memory was so good that after playing through Ravel's Violin Sonata once, he had already mastered it by heart. The Octet, written when he was nineteen, is already a masterpiece that combines Romanian folk music with Central European counterpoint. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who has been championing Enescu's works for years, will be performing it with members of the SWR Symphonieorchester before she quite literally changes roles: becoming a participant in a film that portrays the Ursonate by Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters.

Photo that shows 35 Patricia Kopatchinskaja Credit Marco Borggreve 007.


George Enescu
String Octet in C major, op. 7

Kurt Schwitters
Ursonate, interpreted by Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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