Replica

for viola and orchestra

Commissioned by Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Milano

Description

First performance: 29 March 1999 – Milano
Orch. Filarmonica della Scala
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Kim Kashkashian, viola

 

 

The viola concerto Replica by Peter Eötvös received its premiere on March 29, 1999, with Kim Kashkashian and the orchestra of La Scala of Milan under the direction of the composer. The piece was written in close proximity to the opera Three Sisters, and it is undoubtedly related to that work in its mood. The composer has written: “One of the basic attitudes of the concerto is leave-taking, which refers to the three great farewell scenes that close each of the opera´s three sequences.” The eminent British musicologist Paul Griffiths added, alluding to the protagonists of Chekhov´s play: “(it is) the farewell of people who are not going anywhere.” (A further connection between the opera and the concerto is created by the prominent presence of the accordeon.)
The primarily melodic solo viola part is embedded in a multi-layered orchestral environment. Eötvös changed the regular seating plan of the orchestra, placing the winds upstage, in front of the strings. He gave an especially important role to the five orchestral violas who create a kind of halo around the soloist, responding, complementing, and contradicting her statements. (The title “Replica” is meant in this sense, as in “reply.”) “The answers provoke new questions,” Eötvös wrote. “In the course of the dialogue thus created, the most diverse arguments are brought in, and, like the shards of a shattered mirror, they reflect an image whose original can only be guessed at.”

Performances

3 Mar, 2012
Toronto, Canada

Eötvös: Replica

New Creations Festival

Eötvös: Replica (Teng Li)
Cond: Peter Eötvös

1 Mar, 2012
Toronto, Canada

Eötvös: Seven, Replica

New Creations Festival

Vivier: Lonely Child (Barbara Hannigan)
Eötvös: Seven (Akiko Suwanai)
Kurtág: Messages op. 34
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

24 Sep, 2011
Venice, Italy

Eötvös: Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, Replica

SWR Orchestra Freiburg

18 Jul, 2007
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: Replica

Bartók Festival
National Philh. Orch.,
Conductor: Zoltan Peskó
Kim Kashkashian, viola

3 Jun, 2007
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Replica

National Philh. Orch.
Conductor: Zoltan Kocsis
Kim Kashkashian, viola

20 Sep, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Frankfurter Museumsorchester

Cond: Paolo Carignani

19 Sep, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Frankfurter Museumsorchester

Cond: Paolo Carignani

18 Sep, 2004
Dortmund, Germany

Eötvös: Replica, Snatches of a conversation

Ravel: Tombeau du Couprin
M. van der Aa: Here (enclosed)
Eötvös: Replica, Snatches of a conversation
Prokofjev: Klassische Sinfonie

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Hilversum Radio Chamber Orchestra

28 May, 2004
Paris, France

Eötvös: Replica

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Cité de la Musique

10 Apr, 2004
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eötvös: Triangel, Replica, Snatches of a conversation

Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös

30 Mar, 2004
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Triangel, Snatches of a conversation, Replica

Budapest Spring Festival

Eötvös: Triangel, Snatches of a conversation, Replica
Michael van der Aa: Here

Kim Kashkashian, viola

Cond: Peter Eötvös

Thalia Theatre Budapest

21 Nov, 2003
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Ligeti: Lontano
Eötvös: Replica
Liszt: Mephisto Walz
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Cond: peter Eötvös
Gewandhaus Orchestra

20 Nov, 2003
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Ligeti: Lontano
Eötvös: Replica
Liszt: Mephisto Walz
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Gewandhaus Orchestra

7 Nov, 2003
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Gewandhaus Orchestra

6 Nov, 2003
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Replica

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Gewandhaus Orchestra

17 Mar, 2001
Firenze, Italy

Eötvös: Replica

17 - 20 March
Orchestra della Toscana

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Kim Kashkashian

24 Nov, 2000
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Replica

Kim Kashkashian, Radio Symphonieorchester Vienna
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies

 

25 Jul, 2000
Salzburg, Austria

Eötvös: Replica, Shadows

Mozarteum
Camerata Academica
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Conductor: Peter Eötvös

 

21 Apr, 2000
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Replica

Tomoko Shirao, viola

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
New Japan Philharmonic

 

20 Apr, 2000
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Replica

Tomoko Shirao, viola

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
New Japan Philharmonic

 

20 Mar, 2000
Firenze, Italy

Eötvös: Replica

Orchestra della Toscana
Kim Kashkashian
Cond.: Peter Eötvös

 

21 Jun, 1999
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eötvös: Replica

Radio Chamber Orchestra Hilversum

 

20 Jun, 1999
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Eötvös: Replica

Radio Chamber Orchestra Hilversum

 

29 Mar, 1999
Milano, Italy

Eötvös: Replica

First performance
Scala Filharmony Orch.

 

Details

Genre:
Duration:
15 minutes
Date:
1998

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Replica
Concerto
15'va22212 2221 201 86543sax,​acc,​cel

for viola solo and orchestra
1 fl., 1. altfl. (also picc.), 1 ob., 1 cor anglais, 2 cl., 1 bcl (cbcl), 1 AltSax., 2 fagott / 2.2 (2. also bugle).2.1./
2 perc./accordeon, celesta, harp/strings: 8.6.5.4.3.

Further information

Im Sommer 1997 wurde Peter Eötvös von der Filarmonica della Scala di Milano gefragt, ob er ein Stück für sie schreiben wolle. Der Komponist, damals mitten in der Arbeit an seiner ersten Oper Three Sisters (1996/97 UA Lyon, 13.3.1998), hatte sofort die Idee, nicht ein reines Orchesterwerk zu schreiben, sondern ein Solokonzert für Viola und Orchester. Die gleichzeitige Arbeit an der Oper war für das entstehende Konzert nicht ohne Bedeutung. Eine der Grundhaltungen des Konzertes, der ‘Abschied’, verweist dezidiert auf die alle drei Sequenzen der Oper abschließende große Abschiedsszene. Die Konzeption des Stückes entstand dann sehr bald, die endgültige Niederschrift erfolgte im Herbst 1998.

Sound

Recordings

Audio

Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Kim Kashkashian · Peter Eötvös – 2000