»Les Adieux«

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, op. 68 »Pastorale«

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN »Marcia Funebre« from Symphony No. 3, op. 55 »Eroica«

ROBERT SCHUMANN »Thema« from Ghost Variations, WoO 24

ROBERT SCHUMANN »Langsam« from Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23   

DMITRI SCHOSTAKOWITSCH »Passacaglia« from Violin Concerto No. 1 in a-minor, op. 77 

Patricia Kopatchinskaja Violin, Concept, Musical Direction

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Lani Tran-Duc Stage Design

Tabea Rothfuchs Video

Markus Güdel Light Design, Technical Direction

Katharina Pelosi Sounddesign

Abraham Cupeiro Karnyx

In »Les Adieux«, Patricia Kopatchinskaja intones a scenic-musical mourning of our declining planet. It is time to say goodbye to the magnificent and sonorous flora and fauna that were the violinist’s first musical teachers – if humans continue as before; not without the hope that the Paris Climate Agree- ment and the Agenda 2030 are taken seriously. Kopatchinskaja interweaves Beethoven’s nature-loving »Pastorale« with movements from Shostakovich’s Second Violin Concerto, Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto and his »Ghost Variations «. In a subtle interplay with stage design and video projections, a sword of Damocles hovers over the desperate lament of coming adieux and farewells. 

A co-production of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele, the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker and the Elbphilharmonie. The production 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.

The event is part of the subscription package »Beethoven hoch drei« [Three times Beethoven].

Image © Alexandra Muravyeva

dates and tickets


11 May



1,5–2  h

Karten 28 ⁄ 42 ⁄ 55 ⁄ 65 ⁄ 75 € Festspielgäste in Ausbildung 15 €

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