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Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances / Tetzlaff


Release Date: 06/13/2006 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 769940   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Christian Tetzlaff is a brilliant violinist, one whose technique is equaled by his intelligence. He recorded a very respectable Beethoven Violin Concerto with Michael Gielen, last available on Point Classics in so-so sound. This newcomer is finer still, an interpretation with real personality and a point of view. It's a reading of high contrasts in which the music's antithesis between energetic outbursts (particularly in the first movement) and lyrical effusiveness comes to the fore. Zinman establishes this dichotomy right from the beginning: tempos are swift, accents are sharp, and when Tetzlaff enters, the polarity between solo and orchestra swiftly establishes itself.

In this
Read more context, Tetzlaff's use of Beethoven's own cadenza from the piano concerto version of the piece, recast for solo violin, proves an inspired choice, carrying the drama straight through to the end of the movement. The Larghetto finds Tetzlaff offering tenderness and real "Innigkeit" without a shred of excessive sentimentality; and as throughout the performance his exchanges with the orchestra's woodwind section are just lovely. Even in the rambunctious finale Tetzlaff displays remarkable variety in his phrasing of the main theme, at first a touch subdued, as if still shrugging off the previous movement's legato dreaminess, but then frisky and buoyant. It's a remarkably comprehensive conception of the piece, and the two Romances, the logical coupling, seldom have sounded more elegant. Great sonics make this a version that, like Zinman's recording of the Triple Concerto, really will make you listen to the music with fresh ears.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1798; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Brilliant performance June 17, 2014 By Martin B. (EastLongmeadow, MA) See All My Reviews "As always, Tetzlaff turns in a sensitive, accomplished and original performance. The cadenzas in the concerto are not those ordinarily used and give this recording some originality. The last movement is particularly light-hearted. The Romances add a final warm and lyrical touch. Altogether an excellent disc!" Report Abuse
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