Classical Music in NYC This Week 

Pierre Boulez in 2004

Source: The New York Times.

PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA AND JAY CAMPBELL at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.). Creative, provocative, extreme — all words that could be applied to Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s musicianship, and still the description would not quite capture her talent. The violinist joins Jay Campbell, a young cellist with the JACK Quartet, for music by Gibbons, Ravel, Kodaly, Ligeti, Xenakis, Widmann and the premiere of a new work from Michael Hersch, “… das Rückgrat berstend.”

REPONS’ at the Park Avenue Armory (Oct. 6-7, 8 p.m.). Surely there can be no finer exponents of the work of Pierre Boulez than the group he founded, the Ensemble Intercontemporain. With the conductor Matthias Pintscher and sound engineers from IRCAM, they come to New York for performances of “Repons,” Boulez’s mighty piece for chamber orchestra and electronics that was written in the early 1980s. They will give it twice each evening, with the audience sitting in a different place for each performance, all the better to hear the spatial wizardry that is crucial to the composition.

TAKACS QUARTET at Zankel Hall (Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m.). A relatively rare excursion into contemporary music for this eloquent quartet is at the heart of this concert, with the American premiere of Carl Vine’s String Quartet No. 6, “Child’s Play.” Also on the bill are the second of Haydn’s Opus 76 quartets and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2, for which Erika Eckert joins the group.