Pat Kop: Schoenberg just chokes me upmain
The unconventional Swiss-based violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja has a new album coming out in April.
It’s all-Schoenberg, but while she plays the violin in the second half she is also performing the death-defying Sprechgesang vocal role in Pierrot Lunaire.
Pat Kop says: ‘I have played Pierrot many times as a violinist. But I always longed to do the speaker/singer part. When, because of a painful arm condition I could practice less than usual I began to learn Pierrot’s Sprechgesang under the professional guidance of Esther de Bros. After a year’s work, I took the plunge in October 2017 with musicians of the Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer in the adventurous surroundings of the Sky Salt Lake City Nightclub. I wore a replica of Jean-Gaspard and Charles Deburau’s original Pierrot costume, which goes back to the beginning of the 18th century.’