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Elgar: Violin Concerto

Elgar: Violin Concerto


Elgar:

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

The Kingdom, Op. 51 - Prelude

Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul 'Angel's Farewell' (from The Dream of Gerontius)

Elgar's revised version, without chorus

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Prelude

Elgar's revised version, without chorus


Following success in the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder return to the music of Elgar, coupling the much loved Violin Concerto with the Prelude to the lesser known oratorio The Kingdom and Elgar’s own arrangement of highlights from The Dream of Gerontius.

A stunning new interpretation of Elgar’s masterpiece from one of the world’s most dynamic violinists. The performance is alive with passion and dynamism, yet imbued with the beautiful poetry for which Elder’s interpretations of Elgar have been acclaimed.

Part of a planned trilogy of oratorios about the Apostles (which he never completed) was written in 1905 when Elgar underwent some spiritual crisis which shook his religious faith and he was also physically unwell. The music leaves an impression of lyrical tenderness and deep sadness.

Elgar responded to demands, particularly from the conductor Henry Wood, for extracts from Gerontius which could be performed as concert pieces, in the manner of Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Elgar’s solemn and elevating Prelude was an obvious choice for this treatment and, like Wagner, he then went to the end of the work and the point at which Gerontius’s guardian angel (mezzo-soprano) sings seraphically of how she will accompany him "o'er the penal waters" of Purgatory, bearing him “softly and gently” in her arms. When he worked on this arrangement at the end of 1900, Elgar removed the chorus lines and made the vocal part optional and he conducted it for orchestra only at Bradford on 16 February 1901. Four days later Wood conducted the first London performance (the first music by Elgar that he conducted) but included the vocal part, as on this recording.

Thomas Zehetmair is one of the most significant violinists of his generation. He enjoys a successful international career thrilling audiences and critics with his abilities as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor and has been the recipient of many international recording awards.

“…[the Hallé’s] form under Mark Elder is rock solid, splendiferous in ensemble and tone; I’d rather listen to them play English music than any other orchestra in the world.” The Times

“a towering performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair, a soloist of fierce intelligence. Unlocking the work’s volcanic emotions …he certainly found the reflective tenderness. He and Elder’s taut yet flexible orchestra were at one in the visionary poetry of the finale, making this a performance of exceptional detail – happily one that will appear on the orchestra’s own CD label.” The Sunday Telegraph

“Coote’s performance is a marvel … and perfectly nuanced throughout” The Guardian

“...[an] exceptional recording of the work, Zehetmair's playing is...passionate and openly expressive.” The Guardian, 25th February 2010 *****

“risk-taking and passionately intense” The Telegraph, 26th March 2010 ****

“Zehetmair...is able to marry impassioned purpose with appreciation of Elgar's complexity...Mark Elder's direction is stunning...there's a warm glow about the Hallé sound that adds an extra strand of specialness.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Zehetmair and Elder scrupulously observe Elgar’s copious expression marks, the soloist’s expansive phrasing enhanced by judicious portamento and exquisite filigree decoration. Elder’s understanding of tempo variegation in this music is now second nature to him...he shows again that he and the Hallé have few rivals in this music.” Sunday Times, 18th April 2010 ****

“...this latest version blows the others...out of the water..Zehetmair's reading is one of greater intimacy, whilst its intensity holds you in an iron grip from first note to last...In the slow movement Zehetmair and Elder are quietly moving, with the kind of unhistrionic approach that allows the music's latent beauty to flower” Gramophone Magazine, August 2010

“This is a fascinating document for Elgar-lovers, but Little's performance, wistful, poetic and powerful, with sympathetic accompaniment from Davis and the RSNO, demands attention in its own right.” The Observer, 7th November 2010

GGramophone Awards 2010

Best of Category - Concerto

Building a Library

First Choice - January 2012

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Lauds and Lamentations

Lauds and Lamentations


Carter, E:

Oboe Quartet

Four Lauds for solo violin

A 6 Letter Letter for English Horn

Figment No. 1

Figment No. 2 'Remembering Mr Ives'

Yun:

Piri for Oboe Solo

Quartet for Oboe and String Trio


Heinz Holliger (oboe, english horn), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Ruth Killius (viola), Thomas Demenga (cello)

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Bach: Concertos

Bach: Concertos


Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Burkhard Glaetzner (oboe), Sebastian Knauer (piano), Andreas Hartmann (violin), Asya Fateyeva (saxophone), Johannes-Ernst Kohler (organ), Hans Pischner (harpsichord), Isolde Ahlgrimm (harpsichord), Zuzana Růžičková (piano), Max Michailow (violin), Erwin Milzkott (piano), David Oistrakh (violin), Igor Oistrakh (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Mitteldeutscher Bach Konvent, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, Concerto Köln, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, German Brass, Helmut Koch, Roger Norrington, Ruben Gazarian, Kurt Redel, Franz Konwitschny

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Schumann: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie

Schumann: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 1 & Phantasie


Schumann:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 'Spring'

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23

Fantasie in C major for Violin and Orchestra, Op.131


Founded in 1978, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris quickly established its reputation as one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and it makes its ECM debut her with Thomas Zehetmair.

In 2012, Thomas Zehetmair was appointed the orchestra’s principal conductor and artistic advisor and on this recording, made at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in February 2014, does double duty as both soloist and conductor. Zehetmair’s insightful approach to Robert Schumann has already been demonstrated on ECM New Series with the Zehetmair Quartet, whose recording of the Schumann string quartets (4721692) won many prizes including the Gramophone Award as ‘Album of the Year’ in 2003.

Here the Orchestre de chamber de Paris plays the Symphony No. 1 ‘Spring’ (1841) and the Phantasie for Violin and Orchestra and the Violin Concerto (both 1853). The composition of the First Symphony drew inspiration from Schubert’s Ninth Symphony and from the poetry of Adolf Böttger. The Phantasie and the Violin Concerto had quite different fates. The Phantasie was premiered to huge acclaim after initial performances. The Violin Concerto had to wait more than 80 years for its premiere, and too often since then players have made adjustments to the violin part. Thomas Zehetmair reveals how urgent and convincing the impact of Schuman’s original version can be when the performers enter into its spirit.

“Zehetmair is both soloist and conductor, and what’s fascinating is how he tells one story with his violin — passionate and resolute — while letting the orchestra hint at darker things...the Paris strings get a bit scraggly, but overall the playing is alert and light on its feet.” The Guardian, 24th March 2016 ****

“Zehetmair, returning to Schumann’s original version, largely puts to rest the doubts that have dogged the work since its 1937 “rediscovery”.” Sunday Times, 29th March 2016

“Thomas Zehetmair coaxes his French players to produce warmly nuanced playing in this spirited account of the Spring Symphony…the orchestra works absolutely in tandem with the superb Zehetmair whose interpretation of the Concerto’s heart-rending slow movement is particularly moving” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

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Easter Impressions from Bach to Grieg

Easter Impressions from Bach to Grieg


Dennis Naseband (boy soprano), Jochen Kowalski (counter-tenor), Ellen Abrolat (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Tomaschke (bass), Jutta Vulpius (soprano), Gertraud Prenzlow (alto), Rolf Apreck (tenor), Theo Adam (bass), Robert Kobler (organ), Annelies Burmeister (alto), Regina Werner (soprano), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Ion Voicu (violin), Karl Suske (violin), Walter Olbertz (piano), Igor Oistrach (violin)

Dresden Kreuzchor, Leipzig Thomaner Choir, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Berlin Radio Solistenvereinigung, Berlin Radio Chorus, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Radio Choir, New B, Rudolf Mauersberger, Erhard Mauersberger, Helmut Koch, Kurt Thomas, Hartmut Haenchen, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, Kurt Masur, Otmar Suitner, Heinz Bongartz, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Franz Konwitschny

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Breakfast Classics

Breakfast Classics


Andreas Lorenz (oboe d'amore), Frank Sonnabend (oboe), Joachim Huschke (bassoon), Roland Straumer (violin), Paul Leenhouts (recorder), Karel van Steenhoven (recorder), Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord), Karl Suske (violin), Gavriel Lipkind (cello), Jan Vogler (cello), Bruno Canino (piano), Walter Heinz Bernstein (harpsichord), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Ramon Ortega Quero (oboe), Tamar Inbar (oboe), Luise Buchberger (cello), Peter Kofler (harpsichord), David Oistrach (violin), Igor Oistrach (violin), Hans Pischner (harpsichord), Catherine Manoukian (violin), Gunilla Sussmann (piano), Andreas Lorenz (oboe), Burkhard Glaetzner (oboe)

Virtuosi Saxoniae, New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Gewandhaus Quartet, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Bern, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Bach Collegium, Suske Quartet, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ludwig Guttler, Burkhard Glaetzner, Hartmut Haenchen, Heinrich Schiff, Otmar Suitner, Max Pommer

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Autumn Moods (The Most Beautiful Autumn Moods in Classical Music)

Autumn Moods (The Most Beautiful Autumn Moods in Classical Music)


Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Norman Shetler (piano), Jens Peter Maintz (cello), Cecile Ousset (piano), Peter Schreier (tenor), Walter Olbertz (piano), Wladyslaw Kedra (piano), Dieter Zechlin (piano), Siegfried Lorenz (baritone), Peter Rosel (piano), Christiane Karg (soprano), Burkhard Kehring (piano), Lilo Chroscinski (soprano), Jurgen Meier (piano), Friederike Haug (piano), Siegfried Stockigt (piano), Robert Chen (violin), Elfrun Gabriel (piano), Annerose Schmidt (piano)

Camerata Bern, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, members, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Vocal Concert, Berl, Herbert Blomstedt, Max Pommer, Thomas Klug, Hartmut Haenchen, Kurt Masur, Herbert Kegel, Peter Kopp, Helmut Koch, Nicol Matt, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Robert Hanell, Pavel Kogan, Kurt Sanderling, Vaclav Neumann

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The Most Beautiful Violin Concertos

The Most Beautiful Violin Concertos


David Oistrakh (violin), Katrin Scholz (violin), Mira Wang (violin), Karl Suske (violin), Kristóf Baráti (violin), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Igor Oistrakh (violin), Christian Funke (violin), Janine Andrade (violin)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Berlin Chamber Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Franz Konwitschny, Thierry Fischer, Kurt Masur, Eiji Oue, Hans Vonk, Michael Sanderling

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Die klassische Silvester-Party

Die klassische Silvester-Party


Heinz Schunk (violin), Willy Krug (trumpet), Clemens Dillner (cello), Annerose Schmidt (piano), Hermann Prey (baritone), Hilde Guden (soprano), Anneliese Rothenberger (soprano), Walter Berry (baritone), Edith Mathis (soprano), Annelies Burmeister (alto), Peter Schreier (tenor), Jurgen Forster (tenor), Fritz Ollendorff (bass), Siegfried Vogel (bass), Rosemarie Ronisch (soprano), Hermi Ambros (soprano), Friederike Apelt (mezzo-soprano), Walter Olbertz (harpsichord), Peter Rosel (piano), Rolf Apreck (tenor), Robert Lauhofer (baritone), Harald Neukirch (tenor), Gunther Leib (bass), Wilhelm Klemm (bass), Bruno Aderhold (baritone), Sona Cervena (mezzo-soprano), Maria Croonen (soprano), Ursula Engert (soprano), Sigrid Kehl (alto), Ingeborg Wenglor (soprano), Jutta Vulpius (soprano), Martin Ritzmann (tenor), Eberhard Buchner (tenor), Wolfgang Hellmich (baritone), Igor Oistrakh (violin), Jutta Czapski (piano), Ludwig Guttler (trumpet), Klaus Huckstadt (trumpet), Werner Pelz (trumpet), Peter Bollman (timpani), Cecile Ousset (piano), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Roland Straumer (violin), Michael Eckoldt (violin), Friedemann Jahnig (viola), Joachim Bischof (cello), Werner Zeibig (double bass), Friedrich Kircheis (harpsichord), Elka Mitzewa (soprano), Hannerose Katterfeld (alto), Karl Friedrich Holzke (tenor), Theo Adam (bass), Karl Jancik (zither)

Dresden Staatskapelle, Berlin Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Dresden State Opera Chorus, Leipzig Radio Chorus, Leipzig , Otmar Suitner, Franz Konwitschny, Helmut Koch, Heinz Rogner, Vaclav Neumann, Ogan Durjan, Kurt Sanderling, Hartmut Haenchen, Herbert Kegel, Manfred Honeck, Rudolf Kempe, Hiroshi Wakasugi, Kurt Masur, Heinz Bongartz, Jorg-Peter Weigle, Rudolf Neuhaus, Gunt

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A Classical New Year's Eve

A Classical New Year's Eve


Heinz Schunk (violin), Willy Krug (trumpet), Clemens Dillner (cello), Annerose Schmidt (piano), Hermann Prey (baritone), Hilde Guden (soprano), Anneliese Rothenberger (soprano), Walter Berry (baritone), Edith Mathis (soprano), Annelies Burmeister (alto), Peter Schreier (tenor), Jurgen Forster (tenor), Fritz Ollendorff (bass), Siegfried Vogel (bass), Rosemarie Ronisch (soprano), Hermi Ambros (soprano), Friederike Apelt (mezzo-soprano), Walter Olbertz (harpsichord), Peter Rosel (piano), Rolf Apreck (tenor), Robert Lauhofer (baritone), Harald Neukirch (tenor), Gunther Leib (bass), Wilhelm Klemm (bass), Bruno Aderhold (baritone), Sona Cervena (mezzo-soprano), Maria Croonen (soprano), Ursula Engert (soprano), Sigrid Kehl (alto), Ingeborg Wenglor (soprano), Jutta Vulpius (soprano), Martin Ritzmann (tenor), Eberhard Buchner (tenor), Wolfgang Hellmich (baritone), Igor Oistrakh (violin), Jutta Czapski (piano), Ludwig Guttler (trumpet), Klaus Huckstadt (trumpet), Werner Pelz (trumpet), Peter Bollman (timpani), Cecile Ousset (piano), Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Roland Straumer (violin), Michael Eckoldt (violin), Friedemann Jahnig (viola), Joachim Bischof (cello), Werner Zeibig (double bass), Friedrich Kircheis (harpsichord), Elka Mitzewa (soprano), Hannerose Katterfeld (alto), Karl Friedrich Holzke (tenor), Theo Adam (bass), Karl Jancik (zither)

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