About the Event
Once again, Patricia Kopatchinskaja graces the stage at the Festspielhaus, instantly evoking memories of her remarkable performances from the previous season. It is hard to forget the resounding success of her rendition of Bartók's Sonata during the 2023 Whitsun Festival, where her violin prowess enthralled the audience. Equally unforgettable was her interpretation of Arnold Schönberg's violin concerto, showcasing her unique artistic expression. A true provocateur, Kopatchinskaja consistently pushes the boundaries of traditional repertoire, often selecting lesser‐known works to captivate her listeners. This time, she undertakes the challenge of Schumann's Violin Concerto, a composition that was once seldom heard but has now gained a devoted following due to its unconventional treatment of the solo violin.
- Robert Schumann – Overture to 'Scenes from Goethe's Faust'
- Robert Schumann – Violin Concerto in D minor
- Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90
| Philippe Herreweghe
Philippe Herreweghe is a Belgian conductor. He is principally known as a conductor of Johann Sebastian Bach, the German composer who wrote over one thousand works. He is regarded by leading Bach scholars today as a founding father of the baroque authentic practice, original instrument movement and one of record label Harmonia Mundi's most prolific recording artists, with over sixty albums to his name. His early training as a chorister and assistant choirmaster in a Jesuit school was complemented by piano studies at the Ghent Conservatory. At university Herreweghe studied psychiatry and formed a 12‐person choir devoted to the revolutionary performing practices of Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and the Kuijken brothers.
| Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
In 1991 Philippe Herreweghe founded the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées. He named it after the theatre to which it was initially affiliated. Its aim: to perform classical and romantic works on the instruments used when the pieces were written. In order to achieve a convincing sound, Herreweghe demands original instruments or, if necessary, has them reconstructed, studying the makeup and placements of period orchestras. After starting with Haydn and Mozart, he has now advanced with his work to Gustav Mahler and Anton Bruckner.