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Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Camerata Bern – Time & Eternity (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Camerata Bern – Time & Eternity (2019)
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Time and Eternity. Always in search of powerful musical experiences, the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Camerata Bern – of which she has just taken over the artistic direction – here juxtapose Hartmann’s Concerto funebre, composed in 1939 to express his indignation at the Nazis’ terror, and the Polyptyque for violin and orchestra that Frank Martin wrote in 1973 for Yehudi Menuhin, a work inspired by six scenes from the Passion of Christ painted by Duccio di Buoninsegna around 1310. The Kyrie from Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame, composed half a century after the altarpiece and heard here in an arrangement for strings, is interspersed between the movements, along with Bach chorales, ‘as an invocation of eternal consolation’. A Polish folksinger interprets the Jewish song ‘Eliyahu hanavi’, which expresses the hope of salvation and which Hartmann quotes in his concerto. Six hundred years of music to ‘make the victims’ voices heard’, says Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The album opens with Kol Nidrei by John Zorn (born 1953), in response to the eponymous prayer spoken by a representative of the Jewish community. A Catholic priest and an Orthodox priest also say a short prayer.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja has constructed a programme entitled Time and Eternity around the masterpiece which is Concerto funebre by Karl-Amadeus Hartmann, written in 1939 as an act of resistance against the Nazi regime. With the Bern Camerata – of which she is the artistic director – she blazes a bright trail of memory with her violin. The works follow a pattern, like a syncretistic rosary, where traditional songs (Kol Nidre, Elijahu Hanawi, one Polish prayer, one Orthodox) are prolonged by scores from the repertoire: John Zorn and his Kol Nidre where notes held at a drone across several octaves envelop the melodic fragments of the original melody in a liturgical echo chamber; Frank Martin and his Polyptyque for Violin and Orchestra, written in 1973 for Yehudi Menuhin, with an aching lyricism inspired by the painting of the Passion of the Christ by Buoninsegna; Machaut and the Kyrie of his Messe de Notre-Dame, almost contemporary in this arrangement for strings played in a great variety of ways; Bach and a choice of chorales, in particular the Ach großer König from the St John Passion. This dialogue between pieces from distant eras and cultures – six hundred years of music to raise the voices of the victims, as Patricia Kopatchinskaja sums it up – is an expression of a collective pardon. Consoling breaths are worked in between pieces which make great demands on the listener. The violinist, who has recorded Poulenc, Bartók and Ravel for the same label not long ago, never ceases to amaze us. This album proves once more that she is a formidably intelligent musician, gifted with a powerful imagination! – Elsa Siffert

Tracklist:
1. Kol Nidre (Cantor) (00:31)
2. Kol Nidre (05:52)
3. Elijahu Hanawi (00:59)
4. Concerto funèbre for Violin and String Orchestra: I. Introduction (Largo) (01:30)
5. Concerto funèbre for Violin and String Orchestra: II. Adagio (06:51)
6. Concerto funèbre for Violin and String Orchestra: III. Allegro di molto (08:43)
7. Concerto funèbre for Violin and String Orchestra: IV. Choral (04:10)
8. UWar Cadenza (Improvisation) (04:21)
9. Boze Ojcze, przebaczenie jest wielkim darem (00:45)
10. Dwa serduszka (02:12)
11. Messe de Nostre Dame: Kyrie (Transcription for String Orchestra) (03:38)
12. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: I. Image des Rameaux (03:53)
13. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Choral “Ach großer König” (Transcription for String Orchestra) (00:46)
14. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: II. Image de la Chambre haute (05:56)
15. Choral “Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht”, BWV 265 (Transcription for String Orchestra) (01:24)
16. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: III. Image de Juda (02:01)
17. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Choral “Durch dein Gefängnis” (Transcription for String Orchestra) (01:01)
18. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: IV. Image de Géthsémané (04:04)
19. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Choral “Wer hat dich so geschlagen” (Transcription for String Orchestra) (00:59)
20. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: V. Image du Jugement (03:54)
21. Crux for Violin, Timpani and Bells (06:31)
22. Polyptyque for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras: VI. Image de la Glorification (04:04)
23. Ioan Ciurin, Christus ist auferstanden (00:26)
24. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Choral “O große Lieb” (Transcription for String Orchestra) (02:17)

Personnel:
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin)
Camerata Bern

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