Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is not only known for her extraordinary musical skills but also for the trailblazing staged projects, in which she does not shy away from current world issues.
In Les Adieux, a project of Patricia with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, she focuses on climate change and the rapid deterioration of our planet. How much time have we got left on Earth? When will our natural resources be used up? When will natural disasters, rising sea levels and new illnesses bring us to our knees?
The Between the Bars team met up with Patricia whilst touring through Hamburg. In the second episode, she speaks about growing up in rural Moldova and connecting to nature from an early age, the sound of the raindrops and the momentum of the wind were her first musical teachers.
This connection with her inner child makes her want to look at the tradition of performing music. She creates her own story with the compositions, shedding off what has grown on them throughout the years.
Enjoy listening to the latest episode of the MCO's podcast, Between The Bars, on your favourite streaming service.
'Les Adieux' is generously supported by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through "NEUSTART KULTUR", with the kind support of Rudolf Augstein Foundation.
photo: Julia Wesely