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Brahms: The Violin Sonatas

Brahms: The Violin Sonatas


Brahms:

Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete)

Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2


Christian Tetzlaff (violin) & Lars Vogt (piano)

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff, together with pianist Lars Vogt, offers an exciting program of Violin Sonatas by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). This new release continues a successful series of recordings of violin chamber works by the duo.

Johannes Brahms’s Violin Sonatas are among the greatest masterpieces in 19th-century chamber music. Brahms wrote these sonatas between 1878 and 1888,at the height of his creative powers. With these powerful works Brahms brought the genre of violin sonatas into a new dimension. Included is also Scherzo movement from the F. A. E. Sonata which Brahms contributed to a composite sonata with Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich in 1853.

“a breathtaking balance of poise and daring...Tetzlaff and Vogt take obvious pleasure in details without losing sight of the larger picture, whether it’s a phrase, a movement or an entire work. Indeed, they sharply delineate the individual character of each sonata.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

“Tetzlaff’s distinctive, quicksilver playing, capable of extreme pianissimo, suits the intensity and introspection in each...The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhilarating freedom.” The Guardian, 14th August 2016

“Peers but individuals too; and the tellingly close rapport between Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt is exemplified in the last movement of the G major sonata…it’s a graphic study in numerous soft shades, graphically captured here. They exemplify the depth of thought, concentration and impassioned feeling that infuse these interpretations” Classical Ear, September 2016

“I get the impression that Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt want to drag the composer out of his book-lined study and seal the door. It’s beautiful playing, tonally and expressively, and very musical, but it’s also surprisingly open – Brahms after an expensive course of Viennese psychotherapy” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ***

“These are thought-provoking and scrupulously intelligent performances.” MusicWeb International, 29th December 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - September 2016

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Christian Tetzlaff plays Dvorak & Suk

Christian Tetzlaff plays Dvorak & Suk


Dvorak:

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Romance in F minor, Op. 11

Suk:

Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 24


Ondine is proud the present this exciting program by the award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff. This new recording includes works for violin andorchestra by two Czech composers closely connected to each other, AntonínDvořak and Josef Suk. Tetzlaff is accompanied by the HelsinkiPhilharmonic Orchestra conducted by John Storgårds.

“John Storgårds inspires energetic playing from the Helsinki Philharmonic…once into the fray Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances…individual but utterly persuasive…excellent, full-bodied sound.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“[Tetzlaff is] the kind of musician who gets under the skin of a piece and gives what the music needs, rather than applying his own house style no matter what. His performance of Dvořák’s Concerto in A minor is glorious and questioning... But the real brilliance is in the vulnerability and tenderness he reveals in quiet melodies.” The Guardian, 10th March 2016 ****

“John Storgards and the Helsinki Philharmonic provide attentive and flexible accompaniment, and Tetzlaff’s tone throughout is unfailingly beautiful…this well recorded account will appeal to those who favour the Romantic over the Classical.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2016 ****

Presto Discs of 2016

Finalist

GGramophone Awards 2016

Shortlisted - Concerto

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2016

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Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)

Brahms: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 (Complete)


Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello), Lars Vogt (piano)

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt are joined with Tanja Tetzlaff on this exciting new recording of the Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano Trios.

“The string players here – brother and sister Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff – are regular quartet partners. Together with sensitive pianism from Lars Vogt, ensemble is alert, accurate, never forced: already a favourite CD.” The Observer, 31st May 2015 *****

“Much in evidence is that telepathy that passes between musicians comfortable in each other's company…the Tetzlaffs and Vogt bring a Teutonic terseness to it, screwing up the tension that is so much part of Brahms's music and making each span into a wonderfully cathartic experience.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

“The Ondine recording team have caught the spirit of these performances well, with the piano a strong presence yet without swamping the more fragile solo strings.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

“These three musicians, who perform together often as the Tetzlaff Trio, bring polish and passion to three classic works. The start of the Adagio of Trio No. 1 is especially memorable, its hushed, fragile strings alternating with a piano line played by Mr. Vogt with both softness and grandeur.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

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Szymanowski: Song of the Night

Szymanowski: Song of the Night


Szymanowski:

Symphony No. 3 'The Song of the Night', Op. 27

Steve Davislim (tenor), Volkhard Steude (violin)

Singverein Der Gesellschaft Der Musikfreunde

Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)


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Mozart: The 5 Violin Concertos

Mozart: The 5 Violin Concertos


Mozart:

Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 (Complete)

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in B flat, K269

Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E, K261

Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373


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Schumann: Complete Piano Trios

Schumann: Complete Piano Trios


Schumann:

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80

Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

Studies (6) in Canonic Form, Op. 56

arr. for Piano Trio

Fantasiestücke in A minor for Piano Trio, Op. 88


Frequent collaborators Leif Ove Andsnes, violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff record three of Robert Schumann’s Piano Trios for this 2-CD set. The trio have recorded Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63, Piano Trio No. 2 in f and Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor.

“there are so many praiseworthy things. The way these musicians approach Schumann's long spans of rhythmically repetitive writing shows such understanding and sensitivity that you forget there was ever a problem to be solved. There are some very memorable touches here, like the ghostly string tone at the heart of the first movement of the First Trio.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 ***

“Andsnes and the Tetzlaff siblings adopt a restrained approach that works most convincingly in Schumann’s songful slow movements...there is rapport here.” Sunday Times, 15th May 2011 ***

“as you would expect from such fine musicians, they make a formidably competent trio. Their playing of all the works here is technically beyond criticism, and there is plenty to admire, whether it's Andsnes's crystalline delicacy in the slow movements or the way in which the two string players can reduce their tone to the merest whisper for dramatic effect.” The Guardian, 19th May 2011 ***

“So what makes this so special? First, the pianist: Leif Ove Andsnes has long been acclaimed for his Schumann...It's not just for their dramatic pacing that I treasure these performances but for their lyrical qualities too...in the 'Duett' from the Op. 88 Fantasiestücke I defy you to find more beauty and understanding bewteen two string players, with Andsnes the most sensitive of supporting artists...a remarkable achievement.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“[Christian Tetzlaff's] strong personality and unmistakeable sound - plangent, witty and often lightly ironic - can seem quite dominant. But Andsnes's sparkling, solid and good-natured pianism is his ideal foil and on the whole the three play as if with one mind. In their hands Schumann emerges as blazingly inspired.” Classic FM Magazine, July 2011 *****

GGramophone Awards 2012

Best of Category - Chamber

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2011

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Schubert - Chamber Music

Schubert - Chamber Music


Schubert:

Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

Martin Helmchen (piano), Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello) & Aloïs Posch (double bass)

Introduction and Variations on 'Trockne Blumen' from Die Schöne Müllerin D802

Martin Helmchen (piano) & Aldo Baerten (flute)

Notturno in E flat major for piano trio, D897 (Op. post.148)

Martin Helmchen (piano), Marie-Elisabeth Hecker (cello) & Christian Tetzlaff (violin)


Martin Helmchen and Christian Tetzlaff lead a superb line-up of young musicians in these, some of the best loved, of all chamber works.

“This is a marvellous disc, one of the most enjoyable I have heard in a long time. It is distinguished by superb sound, too. There is a great line-up of soloists who seem to have clicked miraculously, with the result that they deliver a more completely satisfactory account of the Trout Quintet than any I have ever heard before. Martin Helmchen is as gifted a new pianist as I expect to here for years, and Christian Tetzlaff is here at his best.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 *****

“Martin Helmchen is the sparkling pianist: fluent, lithe but never histrionic, not imposing himself: all five players really do seem to be equals….The variation movement, starting with a refined and restrained utterance of the song, swims along delectably….I have fallen for this PentaTone release hook, line and sinker.” International Record Review, July/August 2009

“The clarity of separation between the instruments in the Trout is owed in part to the recording but also the performers themselves, a well attuned group. Helmchen ensures that the opening of the variation movement quoting the song, "Die Forelle", is far gentler than usual, obeying the score, and the climax brings wonderfully bouncy playing, leading to a jaunty account of the finale. ...the most striking performance of all comes in the Notturno, tenderly affectionate in its flowing adagio. Though the pianissimos are extreme, every note can be clearly heard. A distinctive disc celebrating the emerging mastery of Martin Helmchen.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2009

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010

Chamber Finalist

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Pierre Boulez conducts Berg & Mozart

Pierre Boulez conducts Berg & Mozart


Berg:

Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments

Mitsuko Uchida (piano) & Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Mozart:

Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K361 'Gran Partita'


Vienna's eighteenth- and twentieth-century musical worlds meet: Pierre Boulez leads one of the world's finest pianists in Berg's Kammerkonzert and conducts Mozart's exquisite chamber work for wind, the Gran Partita.

"Glowing with a mastery and conviction known to very few pianists, her performances brim over with zest, sheer style and assurance" Gramophone

"Boulez brings clarity to every sound strand, colour and dynamic…you hear nuances that many performances sweep under the carpet" The Times

Two great intellectual and musical minds meet for a new collaboration as the First Viennese School meets the Second. The concept is the pairing of two pieces which are in fact related more closely than one might at first think. Twelve-tone twentieth-century composition meets and draws inspiration from eighteenth-century classical form; Berg, like Mozart in the Gran Partita, used 13 wind instruments for his chamber work, and also looked to the musical structures used by Mozart and his contemporaries.

Uchida and Boulez's previous collaboration, of piano works by Schoenberg, Berg and Webern, won both a Gramophone Award, and an Edison award in the Netherlands.

“The Berg is superbly played… Christian Tetzlaff plays the solo violin part with breathtaking technical mastery…” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“…there's a sense of fun, of genial affection for the music. Whether in the fluid lines of the tender Adagio or the yearning Andante, or in the bustling, concise finale, where everything - in the true spirit of opera buffa - seems to come right, Boulez makes plain his relish for the work [Mozart Gran Partita]. Berg's Chamber Concerto was also written for an auspicious event - the 50th birthday of his friend and mentor Arnold Schoenberg. ...what makes Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Tetzlaff outstanding is their feeling for the piece's inherent theatricality. ...Urchida brings to the opening variation set a breathtaking rhapsody... the Rondo ritmico, begins with a swirling cadenza. The freedom of the two players here is extraordinary, undoubtedly helped by the fact that they toured the work before taking it into the studio.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2008

“Boulez’s Berg is a known quality...But his Mozart? Ravishingly demure. The conductor’s talent for lightness and his immaculate balancing makes the Ensemble Intercontemporain sound less like a chamber ensemble than a single instrument.” New York Times, 25th November 2015

“Boulez brings his customary clarity to every bar of this music, and Uchida finds poise and a depth of expression that I've not heard in any other recording.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 24th April 2014

“[In the Mozart] the EIC's phrasing is a model of clarity and good taste. It's the performance of the Berg, though, that makes this such an important issue; both soloists...are perfectly attuned to Boulez's approach...The authority and logic of the performance are compelling, and this is easily the best version of this intractable work to appear on CD.” The Guardian, 24th October 2008 *****

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Beethoven: Works for Violin and Orchestra

Beethoven: Works for Violin and Orchestra


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for Violin and Orchestra


“This superb Beethoven disc from Christian Tetzlaff is a real winner. The main stumbling-block on so many rival recordings of this work is a sort of romantic reverence, a trend challenged by Zehetmair, Kremer and others – and now Tetzlaff.
For all its many moments of profound repose, Beethoven's Violin Concerto is a forthright, heroic piece, with boldly militaristic first-movement tutti and a rollicking finale which Tetzlaff invests with numerous added colours.
Following on the heals of Zehetmair, Kremer and Schneiderhan, Tetzlaff performs the violin version of the cadenza that Beethoven wrote for his piano transcription of the work, a playful excursion and a snug fit for his overall interpretation.
Tempi are brisk without hurrying, the slow movement has an unruffled serenity and a lively added cadenza in the finale helps accentuate the pervading sense of play. Excellent booklet- notes explain the work's genesis and the basic drift of Tetzlaff's approach and the two Romances that complete the programme are performed with the same chaste lyricism.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“[Christian Tetzlaff is] one of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation” New York Times

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3

Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37


Lars Vogt continues his cycle of Beethovens Piano Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. On this second volume, the recording also includes Beethovens Triple Concerto where Lars Vogt is joined together with his longtime artistic partners Christian Tetzlaff and Tanja Tetzlaff. Vogts recordings of chamber music with the trio have gathered astonishing reviews and recording awards, including a Grammy nomination for the recording of Brahms Piano Trios (ODE 1271-2D). Beethovens Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56 is a work radiant with joy, described by many as a concerto for piano trio and orchestra. The work, completed in 1803, has standed unrivaled in its genre. Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 is a slightly earlier work and it was premiered together with his Symphony No. 2 in a concert in 1804. It has been noted that the theme in the first movement of the concerto is possibly a quotation from Mozarts Piano Concerto No. 24 written in the same key, and the both works do ressemble each other in formal, rhythmic, and thematic aspects. C minor key is also a key in which Beethoven wrote many of his most important works, including the 5th Symphony, the Pathétique Sonata and Piano Sonata, Op. 111. Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever 'Pianist in Residence' by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. His debut solo recording on Ondine with Bachs Goldberg Variations (ODE 1273-2) was released in August 2015 and has been a major critical success. The albums tracks have also been streamed online over 6 million times. Lars Vogt started his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in September 2015. In June 2017 Lars Vogt was nominated for Gramophone's Artist of the Year 2017 Award.

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