Beethoven & Sibelius - Violin Concertos | Ondine ODE13342

Beethoven & Sibelius - Violin Concertos


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13342

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th September 2019



Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Robin Ticciati


Beethoven, Ludwig van

Violin Concerto in D major, op.61

Sibelius, Jean

Violin Concerto in D minor, op.47


Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Robin Ticciati


In this new concerto album one of the greatest violinists of our time, Christian Tetzlaff, performs two standard violin concertos in fresh new interpretations together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin directed by the orchestra’s exciting new music director, Robin Ticciati.

Both Ludwig van Beethoven and Jean Sibelius made outstanding contributions to the history of music as among its greatest symphonists. Both composers also wrote a violin concerto – Beethoven wrote his D major Concerto in 1806, Sibelius his D minor Concerto a century later, completing it in 1905. Although these works do not share much in common in style, both concertos are much more than virtuosic showpieces – it is music with great depth and feeling which has immortalized both composers. Today, these monumental masterpieces by Beethoven and Sibelius are among the most performed concertos by violinists throughout the world.


I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more excitable account of [the] closing Rondo [in the Beethoven]. ... The Larghetto is beautifully done, its effect underlined through the sheer energy and character of the outer movements. ... If Beethoven’s Concerto emerges as uncompromisingly provocative, Tetzlaff’s Sibelius also errs on the side of danger. As risk-taking performances go, this one will have you clinging to the sides of your seat. ... As with the Beethoven, Tetzlaff is at his lyrical best in the Adagio. Both performances sidestep interpretative convention without either offending or displacing their finest rivals. In many respects, a real knock-out.  Rob Cowan (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone October 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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