Close-up: Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s Vienna

Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire and the Viennese waltz

Nostalgic innovation: juxtaposing Johann Strauss’s waltzes with Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra paint a kaleidoscopic picture of Vienna. 

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Nostalgic innovation: juxtaposing Johann Strauss’s waltzes with Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra paint a kaleidoscopic picture of Vienna. 

Concert programme

  • Arnold Schönberg

    Pierrot Lunaire

  • Johann Strauss

    Kaiser-Walzer

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About this concert

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, together with musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, is shedding light on innovation and nostalgia in early twentieth-century Vienna. Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire was innovative in many ways, but with its dreamy atmosphere, it also evokes a fairy-tale ‘waltzes of yesteryear’ world. The two sides of Vienna are not nearly as far apart as one might think: Schoenberg and his student Webern both arranged music by the waltz king Johann Strauss. Here Patricia Kopatchinskaja will be singing the ecstatic poems of Pierrot lunaire herself!

Musicians of the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform their own programmes in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up chamber music series. Each of these concerts is unique and performed only once as part of the series. It’s the very best way to experience the individual qualities of the orchestral musicians! These intimate concerts are organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.