And then the violinist sang Schubert

And then the violinist sang Schubert


norman lebrecht

August 21, 2020

The unclassifiable Patricia Kopatchinskaja directs her own arrangement for chamber orchestra of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet.

At 59:00 on this video, she vocalises the song.

Watch here. It’s, er, different



  • Bone says:

    I think at this point I’m either “buying or selling” Pat Kop.
    Buying. Might not be my thing sometimes, but I believe she has a real artistic intuition and expression.
    Not faulting anyone for feeling otherwise.

  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Perhaps she should have been a folk musician like her parents.

  • mikhado says:

    Hasn’t the world suffered enough?

  • Emil says:

    Is it just me or does the link seem to be missing (It might just be me needing a second coffee)?

    I remember her playing and singing Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire in Montréal a few years back at the Virée Classique. It was quite good, as far as I remember.

  • Una says:

    Vocalises the song? As a singer, I always sang a song – well, in British English? Strange turn of phrase!

  • Mercure says:

    Total garbage. Why you are promoting this woman?

  • Robert Levin says:

    I am unable to view the video.

  • E says:

    While searching for Death and the Maiden with Pat Kop,
    I discovered a video of her singing and directing Pierrot Lunaire. Very different from the harsh Sprechgesäng of an Anja Silja, but very interesting: she sings well!

  • David Richardson says:

    Hi Norman,

    The link to the video is absent on my screen.Hope you can restore it.

    Best wishes,


  • Stephen Owades says:

    I can’t find the link. Did you hide it or omit it?

  • Colin says:

    Is there a link of any kind?

  • The View from America says:

    Oh, joy.

  • E Rand says:

    what an irritating woman.

  • Tamino says:

    Why not, but IMHO pointless excercise artistically.
    If Schubert wanted a poem recited, he wouldn’t have written it as music. And what great music it is.
    Is the music not enough for you, Patricia? You need to talk to people? I guess the soul-eating classical business can have a damaging effect on overly sensitive souls.
    I want to give her a hug and tell her it will be all alright and she can relax, maybe cry, a bit.

  • emilelaurent says:

    This program won her a Grammy in 2018.

  • christopher storey says:

    Unbelievably awful. Is there no end to the vain stupidity of this woman ? What was wrong with Mahler’s orchestration ? And is it really necessary to parade barefoot and in a costume which looked to be unfinished and/or coming apart at the seams ?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    “Dieses Video ist in Ihrem Land nicht verfügbar.” (In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Videos… )

  • D A says:

    This is the most intimate and powerful string quartet Schubert ever wrote. Expanding it to a chamber orchestra is already highly questionable, as most of its rhetoric affects do not work properly with so many musicians playing one voice. Singing the text during the performance – just to show the audience the audience the text, questionable. Most concert goers know this music, know it’s background. They expected this moment to be magical

  • fox says:

    is no one telling her how bad it is what she is doing?
    so far i thought she is an interesting artist but now she lost her mind.
    what arrogance!