The recording of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, featuring Patricia and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Kopatchinskaja arranged Death and the Maiden for the SPCO and added selections from composers John Dowland and Gyorgy Kurtag to the piece. The orchestra premiered it in 2015 and has revisited it several times.


The Guardian
“The whole makes for thought-provoking, refreshing listening – and what impresses most, as ever, is the sheer aliveness of Kopatchinskaja’s music-making.”

BBC Music Magazine
“It’s almost impossible to imagine Schubert’s Death and the Maiden in a string orchestral arrangement better played, with Kopatchinskaja a dynamic leader”

“With the wonderful Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra we are presently exploring Schuberts quatuor ‘Death and the maiden’. Of course we have to include Schubert’s earlier song with the same title on the poem of Matthias Claudius. This song belongs to the medieval tradition of the dance of death. Therefore we also play „Toden Tanz“ (with poor me dancing), an ancient death dance written up by the German organ player August Nörmiger (1560-1613). Schubert’s song and the slow movement of his quatuor use the solemn rhythm of a Pavan, so we also play one of Dowland’s Pavans from „Seven Teares“. Add to this „Moro lasso“ a madrigal about death by the famous Renaissance composer (and murderer!) Gesualdo. In between we also refresh our ears with other unsettling works by modern composers like György Kurtag and Heinz Holliger.”
– Patricia Kopatchinskaja

Death and the Maiden
Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra