Various Artists

Piano Trio & Piano Quartet

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085534043
Catnr: AVI 8553404
Release date: 03 August 2018
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AVI 8553404
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03 August 2018
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Trio Quartett Live Recordings SPANNUNGEN festival 2017

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DVOŘÁK: „In 1876, Dvořák jotted down the Trio in G Minor, op. 26, in a mere 16 days. By that time, some of his masterpieces, including the Moravian Duets and the Stabat Mater, were starting to gain wider recognition – but the encounter with Brahms, which would stabilize him as an artist and clarify his musical tendencies, only took place the following year. Thus, many passages in this trio seem to be groping for direction: as Dvořák specialist John Clapham once remarked, they are still musically “insecure”.

Still, certain traits in this trio already seem to reveal Dvořák’s profound affinity with Brahms on an instinctive level. Gradually emerging from a series of brief motifs, the first movement’s main theme is subjected to thematic treatment throughout. This movement is also the longest, lasting a total of twelve minutes. Its generally gloomy, sombre mood does not yet reflect the true personal style of he who would soon write the Slavonic Dances. Notwithstanding, certain cello cantilenas in the slow movement and towards the end of the sombre, violent scherzo offer a foretaste of the great melodic gifts that Dvořák would soon reveal to the world.

SUK: „…The composition Suk submitted for the final exam is none other than the Piano Quartet in A Minor, op. 1. The first movement’s disarming impetuousness engulfs the listener like a shock wave, betraying not only the influence of Brahms, the true doyen of Late Romantic chamber music, but also that of Dvořák, his own teacher. More significantly, however, a personal style already becomes noticeable in this work. The energetic introductory movement is followed by a clear contrast: a muted, nocturne-like, melodically intense Adagio that sets in with a warm cello cantilena. The second movement’s expressive middle section exudes a fairy-tale-like atmosphere, similar to the one in the incidental music that Suk would later compose for the play Radúz and Mahulena. The final movement begins with a march-like main theme that is alternated with contrasting episodes, thus giving the general structural impression of a rondo… (Excerpts from the Booklet by Pedro Obiera)

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Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

“One of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation”, said the New York Times of Christian Tetzlaff, one of today’s most highly demanded soloists on stages all over the world. As at home in the classical and romantic repertoire as in contemporary music, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Schönberg, Shostakovich and Ligeti. He is particularly well-known for his incomparable performances of the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas. In 2005 he was chosen by Musical America as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. He frequently played recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in all international musical centres, including amongst others New...
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“One of the most brilliant and inquisitive artists of the new generation”, said the New York Times of Christian Tetzlaff, one of today’s most highly demanded soloists on stages all over the world. As at home in the classical and romantic repertoire as in contemporary music, Christian Tetzlaff sets standards with his interpretations of the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky as well as Berg, Schönberg, Shostakovich and Ligeti. He is particularly well-known for his incomparable performances of the Bach Solo Sonatas and Partitas. In 2005 he was chosen by Musical America as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. He frequently played recitals with Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed in all international musical centres, including amongst others New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and in London, Paris, Berlin and Munich.
Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin by German violinmaker Peter Greiner.

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Antje Weithaas (violin)

Brimming with energy, Antje Weithaas brings her compelling musical intelligence and technical mastery to every detail in the score. Her charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. Her wide-ranging repertoire encompasses a large portion of major concerto and chamber music works from the Baroque age to the present day. As a soloist, she has made appearances with a great number of orchestras in Europe and around the globe, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitayenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, and Carlos Kalmar. With her infectious zest for communication, Antje Weithaas has become a sought-after leader in “Play-Conduct concerts” with internationally renowned chamber orchestras. She was Artistic Director of the Camerata Bern for almost ten years and still...
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Brimming with energy, Antje Weithaas brings her compelling musical intelligence and technical mastery to every detail in the score. Her charisma and stage presence are captivating, but never overshadow the works themselves. Her wide-ranging repertoire encompasses a large portion of major concerto and chamber music works from the Baroque age to the present day.
As a soloist, she has made appearances with a great number of orchestras in Europe and around the globe, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitayenko, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Albrecht, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, and Carlos Kalmar.
With her infectious zest for communication, Antje Weithaas has become a sought-after leader in “Play-Conduct concerts” with internationally renowned chamber orchestras. She was Artistic Director of the Camerata Bern for almost ten years and still returns to work with them on a regular basis.
Her concerts as Associated Artist of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in the 2021/22 season led to an immediate re-invitation.
Weithaas’s recordings include the solo sonatas of Bach and Ysaÿe, the Ligeti horn trio, Beethoven quartets, Schubert trios, and the violin concertos of Beethoven, Schumann, Berg, and Khachaturian.
More than anything else, Antje Weihaas is a chamber music musician par excellence and is playing with many high qualified partners.
She won the Kreisler Competition in Graz in 1987 and the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988, as well as the renowned Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hanover in 1991. Together with Oliver Wille, she recently assumed the artistic directorship of the Joachim competition.
After teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts, Antje Weithaas was appointed to a chair at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004, where she has acquired a pre-eminent worldwide reputation as a violin teacher. She plays on a 2001 Peter Greiner violin. www.antje-weithaas.de


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Vicki Powell (viola)

Martin Helmchen (piano)

Born in 1982 in Berlin, Martin Helmchen began his conservatory studies in the class of Galina Iwanzowa at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin; he pursued his studies under the guidance of Arie Vardi at Hanover University of Music, Theater and Media. Alfred Brendel and William Grant Naboré have also been his mentors. His career took off when he won the Clara Haskil Competition in 2001. Since 2010, Helmchen has been Associate Professor for chamber music at the renowned Kronberg Academy. In 2020, his complete recording of the Beethoven piano concertos on the Alpha Classics label with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester conducted by Andrew Manze won the prestigious Gramophone Music Award. As a soloist, Martin Helmchen has concertized with a number of well-known orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker,...
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Born in 1982 in Berlin, Martin Helmchen began his conservatory studies in the class of Galina Iwanzowa at the Hanns Eisler University of Music in Berlin; he pursued his studies under the guidance of Arie Vardi at Hanover University of Music, Theater and Media. Alfred Brendel and William Grant Naboré have also been his mentors. His career took off when he won the Clara Haskil Competition in 2001.
Since 2010, Helmchen has been Associate Professor for chamber music at the renowned Kronberg Academy. In 2020, his complete recording of the Beethoven piano concertos on the Alpha Classics label with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester conducted by Andrew Manze won the prestigious Gramophone Music Award. As a soloist, Martin Helmchen has concertized with a number of well-known orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Wiener Symphoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
Helmchen collaborates on a regular basis with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Bernhard Haitink, Jakub Hr °uˇsa, Klaus Mäkelä, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Andrew Manze, Kazuki Yamada, Christoph von Dohnányi, Sakari Oramo, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Michael Sanderling, and David Zinman.
His passion for chamber music was kindled to a great extent by his early collaborations with cellist Boris Pergamenschikow. Helmchen now performs regularly with his wife Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, with Frank Peter Zimmermann, Julian Prégardien, Antje Weithaas, and Carolin Widmann. The year 2022 marked his 6th performance at the Ruhr Piano F estival.

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