Violinist Christian Tetzlaff possesses a repertory that reaches from J.S. Bach to Ligeti and beyond, and regularly appears in orchestral and chamber concerts. He is a popular recording artist, with more than 30 recordings to his credit, most issued on major labels like EMI Classics and Virgin Classics. He has received international acclaim for his performances and recordings of the six Bach solo sonatas and partitas, as well as for the five Mozart concertos. But he has achieved equal success for much else, including his Bartók Second and Beethoven and Brahms concertos. Tetzlaff has also championed a fair amount of contemporary music: beside his highly praised accounts of the Schoenberg, Berg, and Ligeti concertos -- the latter given on an acclaimed international tour in 1999-2000 -- he premiered the Johannes Harneit violin concerto in Freiburg, Germany, in 2000. Tetzlaff frequently performs in concert with major orchestras and partners with many of the world's leading artists, like Yo-Yo Ma, Christoph Eschenbach, Sabine Meyer, Heinrich Schiff, and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, his sister. Christian Tetzlaff was born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 29, 1966. Having shown talent on both piano and violin in his childhood, he eventually chose the latter instrument, and by his early teens was an accomplished violinist. His official debut at 14 in the Beethoven violin concerto was a notable success. He later studied at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and at the Cincinnati University College-Conservatory of Music with Walter Levine. From about 1989 he began to draw international notice: his Schoenberg violin concerto performance with the Cleveland Orchestra that year was widely hailed, and in Europe he was beginning to make regular appearances in Paris, Cologne, London, and other major venues. Tetzlaff's New York City recital debut in 1993 at the 92nd Street Y in a program of J.S. Bach, Ysaÿe, and Bartók, was highly praised in The New York Times. That same year Tetzlaff's first recording of the six Bach solo sonatas and partitas on Virgin Classics drew rave reviews and is still considered a benchmark recording in that repertory. In 2001 Tetzlaff made notable appearances at several major European festivals with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, and the two later collaborated for acclaimed Virgin Classics recordings (2002-2004) of sonatas by Brahms, Janácek, Ravel, Debussy, Nielsen, and Bartók. Among Tetzlaff's newer recordings are his 2006-2007 Virgin Classics CDs of the Mozart concertos, on which he also performs as conductor. His 2011-2012 schedule included major tours in Asia with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Daniel Harding and the NDR Sinfonieorchester under Thomas Hengelbrock.
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Violin Solos - Released September 8, 2017 | Ondine
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique - Choc de Classica - Special Soundchecks - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Of course, since years Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin have been recorded over and over again, including by world’s best and most prestigious solists. But when violinist Christian Tetzlaff releases a brand new recording, we can only say: “Friends, countrymen, lend Qobuz your ears”. Concerts with Christian Tetzlaff often become an existential experience for interpreter and audience alike; old familiar works suddenly appear in an entirely new light, also – of course – within the frame of a new studio recording such as this one. Essential to Tetzlaff’s approach are the courage to take risks, technical brilliance, openness and alertness to life. Such an interpretation becomes a real challenge for the aficionado and guarantees a brilliant musical adventure.
Violin Concertos - Released April 13, 2018 | Ondine
Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - Special Soundchecks - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Today, Finland is one of the richest musical countries on Earth. Thanks to the exceptional quality of its musical teaching it produces numerous composers, conductors and artists who perform all over the world. The very rich catalogue of the dynamic Finnish publisher Ondine contains several recordings of the German violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin) by Bach, Mozart's sonatas, Trios by Brahms, concertos by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Shostakovich); and the Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu (Sibelius, Mahler, Enescu, Berio, Messiaen, Lindberg, Melartin), but it is their first record together. Bartók's two Violin Concertos were written thirty years apart, for two virtuosos. While the Second Concerto in the form of variations on a theme that develop ingeniously across three movements, has been well-known for a long time, the first remained unheard for years. Written as a declaration of love for the Hungarian-Swiss violinist Stefi Geyer, for whom Bartók had fallen, it was a secret kept by the dedicatee: it was only long after the composer's death that the violinist let Bartók's patron and close friend, the conductor Paul Sacher, know about the work. He would see that it was performed, with Hansheinz Schneeberger, but only in 1958. Bartók's two concertos, essential parts of the repertoire for violin and orchestra would enjoy a well-deserved resurgence in interest among a younger generation of violinists – the recording of the same works by Renaud Capuçon for Warner came out a few weeks ago. This new version, magnificently recorded, carefully explores all the orchestral richness, in perfect dialogue with Christian Tetzlaff's outstanding violin. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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