3pm – Grimaldi Forum


When Alban Berg wrote his Violin Concerto (1935), he dedicated it to the memory of Mutzi (daughter of Alma Mahler and architect Walter Gropius), who had died young. In this work, which feels like a requiem, the solo violin’s flights symbolize the journey of the soul of this young woman of 18, as it flies upwards into mysterious realms. Tedi Papavrami’s marvelous playing goes straight to the heart of this profound masterpiece. The story that inspired Shoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande (1905) is similarly moving and powerful. Two lovers are unable to declare their love, terrorized as they are by the world around them.

Photo / Tedi Papavrami ©Kaupo Kikkas

Alban Berg
Concerto pour violon “À la mémoire d’un ange”
Arnold Schönberg
Pelléas et Mélisande, op. 5

Tedi Papavrami, violin
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
Kazuki Yamada, conductor