Tabea Zimmermann


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Romance oubliée: Tabea Zimmermann

Romance oubliée: Tabea Zimmermann


Elegy, Op. 44


Adagio for viola (or cello or violin) & piano


Romance, Op. 4

Aucassin and Nicolette (canzonetta medievale)


Romance oubliée, for piano, S. 527


Albumblätter for viola and piano, Op.39

Vierne, L:

Deux Pièces Op. 7


Elegie for viola and piano, Op. 30


Reverie in F sharp minor for viola & piano

Tabea Zimmermann (viola) & Thomas Hoppe (piano)

On her sixth album for the Myrios Classics label, Tabea Zimmermann has chosen a collection of romantic miniatures for the viola, including almost entirely forgotten works by popular composers of the 19th century, like Liszt, Vierne, Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski. At the heart of this recital is 'Album Leaves' by the Bohemian composer Hans Sitt, a contemporary of Johannes Brahms. Tabea Zimmermann‘s long-term musical partner, pianist Thomas Hoppe, joins her for this recording. In October 2014, Tabea Zimmermann was awarded the German music prize ECHO KLASSIK as Instrumentalist of the Year for her complete recordings of Paul Hindemith‘s viola works. It is her second award in this same category since 2010.

“The advocacy of Zimmermann and her pianist Thomas Hoppe is superb, as they convincingly breathe new life and bring an astonishing array of colours and voices to a neglected area of the repertoire.” Irish Times, 15th January 2015

“wall-to-wall beautiful music by which I am charmed and enraptured … The disc is more than a collection: it's a companion, and the warm-toned playing of Zimmermann is an embrace.” Herald Scotland, 1st February 2015

“Zimmermann and Hoppe capture the poetry of these works, in their hands free from sentiment and rich as short stories.” The Observer, 15th February 2015 ****

“[Zimmermann] consistently uncovers telling detail of compositional craft, backed to the hilt by Thomas Hoppe’s always revealing pianism…this recital is a beautiful addition to Myrios’s growing catalogue; the recording quality and presentation are up to the label’s usual high standards.” The Strad, March 2015

“This collection of Romantic pieces is remarkable for the outstanding quality of the playing. Tabea Zimmermann and Thomas Hope give every indication of enjoying the music and it's evident that they have given much thought to the essential character of each piece...a fascinating programme, with wonderful performances.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“Throughout this recital, he [Hoppe] makes his presence felt with his imagination and sensitivity, and he does so without upstaging Zimmerman at any point. (Granted, that would be difficult, because her tone is both soulful and refined.) ...anything lovelier than this would be hard to come by.” International Record Review, March 2015

“The major discovery here is Hans Sitt's Op. 39 Albumblatter, six Schumannesque miniatures that Zimmermann nurtures and caresses with a bewitching range of tonal colours, further enhanced by Thomas Hoppe's pitch-perfect accompaniment.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - April 2015

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Hindemith: Complete Viola Works Volume 2

Hindemith: Complete Viola Works Volume 2

Sonatas for Viola & Piano and Solo Viola


Sonata for Viola & Piano in F major, Op. 11 No. 4

Sonata for solo Viola, Op. 11 No. 5

Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25 No. 1

Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 25 No. 4

Sonata for solo viola, Op. 31 No. 4

Sonata for solo viola (1937)

Sonata for Viola & Piano in C major (1939)

Tabea Zimmermann (viola) & Thomas Hoppe (piano)

Tabea Zimmermann commemorates the 50th anniversary of death of Paul Hindemith with the recording of his complete works for viola. Hindemith is regarded as a key composer for the instrument and has been a famous violist himself who premiered the viola concertos by Darius Milhaud and William Walton. Vol. 2 of the edition includes the complete sonatas for solo viola and for viola and piano. Ordered by their creation date on this double album, the seven compositions give an impressive insight of Hindemith‘s development as a composer, from the early works of the year 1919 to the mature and epic sonatas of the late 1930‘s.

“Hindemith is blessed with exceptional interpreters. They command you to listen.” The Observer, 23rd March 2014 ****

“Considered individually, Zimmermann's performances face competition from other leading exponents, but as a whole, her survey of this music is hard to beat...she captures the music's exuberance and mystery, and her strikingly warm, woody tone helps Hindemith's melodies to sing.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

“Zimmermann, as in the first volume of this estimable complete viola series, has the measure of this moreish music, playing with technical command and innate sensitivity and bravura” International Record Review, April 2014

“Zimmermann's tone is full but not over-rich, as if she herself had grown out of the instrument rather than learnt to play it...her conception of the works in the round ultimately compels appreciation. With superb sound from Myrios, I must - reluctantly, out of respect for Imai and Power - recommend this new set as quite simply the best.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Choice - May 2014

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Zimmermann & Gerstein: Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2

Zimmermann & Gerstein: Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 2


Viola Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major


Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein return to the studio to record the follow-up to their highly praised first duo album. The new disc includes spellbinding performances of three late works by significant 19th century composers: Brahms mature Sonata in F minor, Schubert‘s melancholic Arpeggione sonata, and Franck‘s splendid Sonata in A major, all masterly performed on viola. This new disc explores three works by major 19th-Century figures, each written during the composers’ final years. All three works on the new recording were originally composed for an instrument other than viola.

One of Brahms’ final chamber works, the dramatic Sonata in F minor, was intended for clarinet, though Brahms himself adapted the work to the range and technical possibilities of the viola. Also near the end of his life was Franz Schubert when he wrote his superb 'Arpeggione' sonata. The work was commissioned by a friend of the composer’s, who requested a sonata for a new kind of instrument: the arpeggione, a hybrid between the cello and the guitar. Written just four years before his death, César Franck’s A major sonata is also beloved by cellists but has been rarely heard from violists.

Tabea Zimmermann is one of the leading contemporary viola players worldwide. Awarded the Echo Klassik as Instrumentalist of the Year in 2010, Zimmermann has recently been Artist in Residence at the Cologne and Luxemburg Philharmony, as well as the Kunstfest Weimar, Bozar Festival Brussels and the Elbphilharmonie Konzerte in Hamburg. Of her recent disc of Bach and Reger solo suites, Gramophone wrote: “here is playing full of warmth, of depth, of meditation and of full maturity … gorgeous.”

Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein has quickly proven to be one of today’s most intriguing young musicians. Recipient of the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, Gerstein’s solo release on myrios classics, featuring music by Schumann and Liszt, was played, according to The New York Times, “with exquisite technique, refined musicianship and engrossing imagination”, and was shortlisted by the NY Times’ Holiday Gift Guide as one of the 25 best classical recordings of 2010. This SACD release from myrios classics is available from harmonia mundi UK on January 14, 2013, as is the back catalogue.

“The lyricism of Schubert's Arpeggione (for the six-stringed, cello-like instrument) and the melodic generosity of the Franck (originally for violin) gain new vigour in these fiery performances.” The Observer, 17th February 2013

“It is understandable that Tabea Zimmermann should be completely at home recording these works on the viola, for each one has something special to say on this instrument...if playing the opening [of the Franck] on the viola softens its character, once Zimmermann and Gerstein get going, all its passionate impulse is fully revealed.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“These first-rate chamber musicians play these three late works with a rare sensitivity of understanding and delicacy of nuance.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2013 *****

“Zimmermann sticks to his version and makes it work memorably… she mostly eschews any attention-grabbing portamento, and her tone acquires at moments an appropriate reediness… this lovely performance is imbued with that untranslatable Viennese quality, gemutlichkeit…excellent recording” The Strad, December 2013

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Heinz Holliger: Grammont Portrait

Heinz Holliger: Grammont Portrait

Bernard Haas (organ), Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ensemble Contrechamps, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Heinz Holliger

Musiques Suisses - MGB-CTS-M105

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Gubaidulina: Offertorium & Hommage à T. S. Eliot

Gubaidulina: Offertorium & Hommage à T. S. Eliot


Offertorium - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Gidon Kremer (violin)

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit

Hommage à T.S. Eliot

Christine Whittlesey, Eduard Brunner, Klaus Thunemann, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gidon Kremer, Isabelle van Keulen, Tabea Zimmermann, David Geringas & Alois Posch

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Hindemith: Complete Viola Works Volume 1

Hindemith: Complete Viola Works Volume 1


Der Schwanendreher

concerto after old folk songs for viola & small orchestra


for string orchestra with solo viola

Kammermusik No. 5 Op. 36 No. 4 Bratschenkonzert

for solo viola & large chamber orchestra

Konzertmusik Op. 48a for solo viola & large chamber orchestra (early edition)

world premiere recording

Tabea Zimmermann commemorates the 50th anniversary of death of Paul Hindemith with the recording of his complete works for viola. Hindemith is regarded as a key composer for the instrument and was a famous violist, himself, and who premiered the viola concertos by Darius Milhaud and William Walton.

The works recorded here in Vol. 1 include the viola concerto 'Der Schwanendreher' that Hindemith composed at the time when he faced massive agitation by the Nazis, as well as the intimate and touching 'Trauermusik' (Music of Mourning), written for the funeral of King George V. Besides these celebrated works, the album also includes two lesser known concertos: the 'Kammermusik No. 5' and the early edition of the 'Konzertmusik' Op. 48a in its world premiere recording.

Tabea Zimmermann has teamed up with exceptional musical partners: the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin, conducted by Hans Graf, who dedicate themselves to Hindemith’s legacy. A second volume will include the sonatas for solo viola and for viola and piano and will be released as a double album in Autumn 2013.

“Viola players have a lot to thank Hindemith for. Zimmermann marks the 50th anniversary of his death with this survey” Sunday Times, 30th June 2013

“Hindemith’s rarely heard Violin Concerto is dramatic, lyrical and accessible. ..The Sonata in C is the best of the lot – hearing Zimmermann and pianist Enrico Pace blast out the closing minutes of the final fugue is a profound, spiritually uplifting experience. Astonishingly vivid sound adds to the impact…” The Arts Desk, 20th July 2013

“Zimmermann's first volume of a complete survey immediately takes its place among the very best, not least for the warmer, woodier tone that she produces and puts to such musically penetrating use.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“Zimmerman’s playing in the later discarded slow movement is alone worth the price of admission: she spins a thread of golden tone in a beautiful cantilena, almost indistinguishable from the oboe that joins her halfway through… Myrios’s recording places the soloist in a believable balance that nevertheless allows every detail of Zimmermann’s playing to be clearly heard” The Strad, October 2013

“Zimmermann plays it wholly convincingly, with her usual blend of formidable technique, sweetness and delicacy of tone and inner steel, finely supported by Graf and the DSO Berlin.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“What immediately strikes the listener is how good the recording is...No praise is too high for the dedication perception and skills that Zimmermann, the Deutsches Symphonies-Orchester Berlin and Hans Graf have lavished on this marvellous music” International Record Review, November 2013

“a glorious surprise, near revelatory...There is a heartfelt passion and robust edge to Zimmermann’s playing which blows away the cobwebs and brings these works very much to life. Making a highly sympathetic partner the excellent DSO Berlin is warmly expressive and well detailed. Austrian conductor Hans Graf holds everything together with confidence.” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Orchestral Choice - October 2013

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Concerto Finalist

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Georges Lentz: Guyuhmgan, Monh for viola & orchestra & Ngangkar

Georges Lentz: Guyuhmgan, Monh for viola & orchestra & Ngangkar

Lentz, G:


Monh for viola & orchestra


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Albrecht Mayer: Song of the Reeds

Albrecht Mayer: Song of the Reeds

Becker, M:


Herzogenberg, L:

Horn Trio in D major, Op. 61

Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn)


Schilflieder, Op. 28

with Tabea Zimmermann (viola)


Romances (3), Op. 94

with Tabea Zimmermann (viola) & Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn)

Steinmetz, H:

Liebesruf eines Faun for English horn & Piano

Weismann, J:

Variations for oboe and piano, Op. 39: Var. IV – Lento, molto tranquillo

Albrecht Mayer – the acclaimed principal oboist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - delves into German Romantic music with his oboe and close friends Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Marie-Luise Neunecker (Horn), and Markus Becker (Piano), to create this virtuosic, original, and intimate recording of diverse romantic works for oboe

The world’s leading oboe player rediscovers his German Romantic roots. Mayer is a master musician whose playing has touched the hearts of many fans.

After a number of successful concept albums, Mayer returns to his native Germany and Romantic music composed for oboe. From the popular Schumann romances to lesser known works, Mayer partners with outstanding chamber musicians for a special, intimate album.

Decca - 4783564

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Albrecht Mayer - Schilflieder

Albrecht Mayer - Schilflieder

Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Marie-Luise Neunecker (french horn), Markus Becker (piano), Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Albrecht Mayer (cor anglais)

Decca - 4783498

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Bartók: Concertos

Bartók: Concertos


Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy

Viola Concerto, BB 128, Sz. 120

Ed. Tibor Serly

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, David Shallon

Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion & orchestra, BB 121, Sz. 115

Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque, Silvio Gualda & Jean-Pierre Drouet

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion, BB 115, Sz. 110

Katia Labèque, Marielle Labèque, Silvio Gualda & Jean-Pierre Drouet

The rhythmic excitement and plangent melodic shapes of Eastern European folk music come together in perfect balance in the works of Bela Bartók's maturity, where the range of colour and drama cover an entire world of experience and emotion, life-enhancing and deeply satisfying.

Warner Classics 20th Century Classics - 0946272

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