Schubert’s Death and the Maiden

The SPCO and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, recorded live March 2015

“In March 2015 with the wonderful Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we had the chance to explore Schubert’s quartet Death and the Maiden in a multifaceted project. We began with Nörmiger’s Toden Tanz followed by an ancient Byzantine chant of Psalm 140: “Lord, I have cried unto thee, hear me.” To illustrate the Pavan in Schubert’s 2nd movement, we also played one of Dowland’s Pavanes from Seaven Teares. Add to this Moro lasso, a madrigal about death by the famous Renaissance composer (and murderer!) Carlo Gesualdo. Before the Finale, we refresh our ears with unsettling works by one of the greatest living composers, György Kurtag. This project with SPCO enlarged our dimensions of hearing and together we approached the music as a soloist would, individually, but all souls mystically linked to an intuitive whole that does not need a conductor. I am looking forward to our future experiences and my heartfelt thanks go to all the musicians and staff of the SPCO for their enthusiastic support and to Bruce Coppock [former President and Managing Director of the SPCO] who made all this possible.”

– Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

More information:

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Honors and Reviews:

Grammy Award nomination: best chamber music/small ensemble performance
The New York Times: Best Classical recordings of 2016
The Guardian: “Schubert shaken up to surprising effect…makes for thought-provoking, refreshing listen”
MusicWeb International: “Performances that are filled with dedication and fervently applied skill”
Star Tribune: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is electrifying and bold in new ‘Death and the Maiden’ recording

Tracklist:

1. Toden Tanz, From “Tabulaturbuch Auff Dem Instrumente”
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings and Percussion] – Michi Wiancko
Composed By – August Nörmiger

2. Byzantine Chant On Psalm 140 For Solo Violin And Strings
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings by] – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Composed By – Anonymous

Quartet In D Minor, D. 810, ‘Death And The Maiden’
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings by] – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Composed By – Franz Schubert

3. I. Allegro

4. Pavan (Lachrimae Antiquae Novae) From Seven Tears For String Quintet
Composed By – John Dowland

Quartet In D Minor, D. 810, ‘Death And The Maiden’
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings by] – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Composed By – Franz Schubert

5. II. Andante Con Moto

6. Madrigal: ‘Moro, Lasso, Al Mio Duolo’ For String Quintet
Composed By – Carlo Gesualdo

Quartet In D Minor, D. 810, ‘Death And The Maiden’
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings by] – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Composed By – Franz Schubert

7. III. Scherzo. Allegro Molto

8. Ligatura-Message To Frances-Maria (The Answered Unanswered Question), Opus 31b
Composed By – György Kurtág

9. ‘Ruhelos’ (‘Restless’) From Kafka Fragments For Violin, Op. 24
Composed By – György Kurtág

Quartet In D Minor, D. 810, ‘Death And The Maiden’
Composed By – Franz Schubert

10. IV. Presto
Arranged By [Arr. for Strings by] – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra