Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer
Musical theatre with Orkater

Together with production company Orkater, we put the story of Beethovens and Janáčeks Kreutzersonatas on the stage. Gijs Scholten van Aschat adapts a scenario by Laura Wade for this theatrical music programme.

Leo Tolstoy’s novella Kreutzer Sonata tells the story of a man consumed by jealousy who murdered his wife. He suspected she was having an affair with the violinist with whom she was playing Beethoven’s ninth sonata for violin and piano – nicknamed the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata. Beethoven dedicated the fiendishly difficult sonata to his friend, the French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer, who never actually played the work himself. The crime of passion intrigued Leoš Janáček. In his first string quartet, entitled ‘Kreutzer’, he gave musical expression to the story, scene by scene and in a remarkably original manner. Amsterdam Sinfonietta collaborates with Orkater to create the music theatre performance Kreutzer vs Kreutzer, in which both husband and wife have their say. What exactly happened and was it in fact a case of adultery?

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