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Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Violin Polina Leschenko, Piano

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“A risk-taker,” “a tiger,” “a blazing comet,” “a bird.” Audiences marvel at the nuance, drama, and texture inherent in every performance Patricia Kopatchinskaja delivers. Like the virtuosos of centuries past, Kopatchinskaja invests each piece with her own expansive personality and daring choices, decisive moves that pay off big; her string-orchestra version of Death and the Maiden, intercut with other music to surprising effect, won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music performance. “This is a violinist with something more important to offer than dazzling technique. It’s called character” (London Times).