Schubert’s ‘Great Symphony’

Patricia Kopatchinskaja performs Ligeti’s Violin Concerto

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, Ives’s Unanswered Question and Ligeti’s caleidoscopic Violin Concerto featuring the fearless Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

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Maxim Emelyanychev conducts Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, Ives’s Unanswered Question and Ligeti’s caleidoscopic Violin Concerto featuring the fearless Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Ligeti’s layered Violin Concerto features Hungarian folk melodies, dance rhythms, innovative instrumental techniques, references to Renaissance music and much more.

Concert programme

  • Charles Ives

    The Unanswered Question (versie II)

  • György Ligeti

    Violin Concerto

  • -- interval --

  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 9

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About this concert

Schubert’s Ninth Symphony is known as the ‘Great’ – and for good reason. In the final months of his short life, Schubert’s boundless creative ambition resulted in a truly superlative symphony. When Robert Schumann discovered the work in a drawer at Schubert’s brother’s house after the composer’s death, he exulted at its ‘heavenly length’. Indeed, it is a grand architectural marvel which builds on Beethoven, quoting his Ninth Symphony, yet also seems to prefigure Bruckner.

Before the intermission, Maxim Emelyanychev conducts two twentieth-century masterpieces. Ligeti’s layered Violin Concerto features a parade of all and sundry – from Hungarian folk melodies and dance rhythms to innovative instrumental techniques and references to Renaissance music. It’s the perfect vehicle for Patricia Kopatchinskaja to express myriad aspects of her musical personality. The concert opens with Ives’s cosmic musical dialogue, The Unanswered Question.