»Bye bye Beethoven«

21 May 2016


Saturday 20:00 / RADIALSYSTEM V


Presented by


CHARLES IVES: The Unanswered Question

JOSEPH HAYDN: 4th movement from Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp minor Farewell (Arrangement: Ángel Hernández-Lovera)

JOHN CAGE: Once upon a time from Living Room Music

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Chorale Es ist genug BWV 60,5

GYÖRGY KURTÁG: The Answered Unanswered Question op. 31B


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major op. 61

JORGE SÁNCHEZ-CHIONG: CR][SH für Violine, Turntables und Orchester (2016)

  • Leader and Violin Patricia Kopatchinskaja
  • Sound Design Jorge Sánchez-Chiong
  • Scenic Realisation Maria Ursprung & Lani Tran-Duc
  • Video Jonas Link
  • Lights Ricarda Koeneke

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the MCO raise questions about conventions in classical music through Bye Bye Beethoven, an innovative concert performance.

The MCO and Radialsystem are well-acquainted partners in presenting concerts with unconventional formats: it was at Radialsystem that the MCO presented four editions of Radiale Nacht, an event featuring performances simultaneously taking place in different rooms, with audience members free to wander between pieces, styles and formats over the course of the evening. For Bye Bye Beethoven, conceptualized by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Radialsystem proves to again be a fitting venue in which to re-think and re-examine how one approaches classical music.    

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, known for her versatility and distinctive approach to classical music, once said:  “Classical music is like a big cruise ship, with everyone sitting in the back looking backward, at the past. No one is sitting in front looking forward…“

Bye Bye Beethoven, the fourth collaboration between the MCO and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, addresses such restraints and clichés of classical music through a staged production. This performance involves musicians in both conventional and unconventional roles, encounters with different genres of music – including a collaboration with sound designer Jorge Sanchez-Chiong – and discourse among sound, space and imagery.

A production of the Hamburg International Music Festival

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19 May 2016 Hamburg

Thursday 20:00pm / Kampnagel (K6)

Works by: Charles Ives, Joseph Haydn, John Cage, Johann Sebastian Bach, György Kurtág, Ludwig van Beethoven

With: Leader and Violin Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sound Design Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Scenic Realisation Maria Ursprung & Lani Tran-Duc, Video Jonas Link, Lights Ricarda Koeneke