Tabea Zimmermann: Solo II | Myrios MYR026

Tabea Zimmermann: Solo II

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Label: Myrios

Cat No: MYR026

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 16th October 2020

Contents

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cello Suite no.3 in C major, BWV1009 (arr. for viola)
Cello Suite no.4 in E flat major, BWV1010 (arr. for viola)

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Signs, Games and Messages
» ... eine Blume fur Tabea ...
» Doloroso
» In Nomine - all'ongherese
» Kromatikus feleselos (Zank-Kromatisch)
» Nepdalfele (Im Volkston)
» Panaszos nota (Klagendes Lied)

Artists

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cello Suite no.3 in C major, BWV1009 (arr. for viola)
Cello Suite no.4 in E flat major, BWV1010 (arr. for viola)

Kurtag, Gyorgy

Signs, Games and Messages
» ... eine Blume fur Tabea ...
» Doloroso
» In Nomine - all'ongherese
» Kromatikus feleselos (Zank-Kromatisch)
» Nepdalfele (Im Volkston)
» Panaszos nota (Klagendes Lied)

Artists

Tabea Zimmermann (viola)

About

Ten years after her acclaimed album “Solo” with the first two cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, violist Tabea Zimmermann now sets her sights on Suites Nos. 3 and 4. She pairs them with excerpts from György Kurtág’s cycle Games, Signs and Messages, selecting six numbers to form her own personal homage to Bach.

For what kind of instruments did Bach write his solo suites BWV 1007-1012? How did they sound, what did they look like? This subject still gives rise to much speculation. Johann Peter Kellner’s manuscript copy from the early 1700s is one of the two main sources for the six solo suites, and it indicates a viola basso. The violoncello had not yet become standardized in terms of size, construction, and playing technique; Bach probably had instruments in mind such as the violoncello piccolo or the viola da spalla. The latter was a viola attached in front of the body by a strap: Bach performed the viola da spalla in public himself – possibly these suites. Tabea Zimmermann has not switched her musical hardware for this recording: here she plays her 1980 Vatelot viola with a classical bow.

In 2009, the album “Solo” (MYR003) launched Tabea Zimmermann’s collaboration with the myrios classics label. The release was crowned with a multitude of international awards: Gramophone Editor’s Choice, “Stern des Monats” in Fono Forum, 4f in Télérama and 5 Stars in the Italian magazine Musica; moreover, in response to that groundbreaking recording, the jury of the coveted German ECHO Klassik Prize selected Tabea Zimmermann as “2010 Instrumentalist of the Year”.

“We need Bach’s music, regardless of the instrument” – Tabea Zimmermann

Reviews

Now she tackles, with supreme elegance, No 3 in C and No 4 in E flat, her performance buoyant, lithe, with a flexible attention to ornament and phrasing.
The Observer
It comes as a revelation to hear Bach’s cello suites performed on a viola by this great German musician, Tabea Zimmermann. Here they have a dynamism never achieved on the cello, and her playing has a wonderful eagerness and persuasiveness. ... Tersely suggestive, and at times emotionally explosive, [Kurtag’s] little pieces open up intriguing new landscapes.  Michael Church
The Independent 8 October 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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