Brahms - Double Concerto; Viotti - Violin Concerto no.22; Dvorak - Silent Woods | Ondine ODE14232

Brahms - Double Concerto; Viotti - Violin Concerto no.22; Dvorak - Silent Woods


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE14232

Barcode: 0761195142325

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 6th October 2023



Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Paavo Jarvi


Brahms, Johannes

Double Concerto for violin and cello in A minor, op.102

Dvorak, Antonin

From the Bohemian Forest, op.68 B133
» no.5 Silent Woods (Waldesruhe), B182 (arr. for cello and orchestra)

Viotti, Giovanni Battista

Violin Concerto no.22 in A minor, G97


Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Tanja Tetzlaff (cello)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Paavo Jarvi


This album by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Paavo Järvi, is dedicated in the memory of their longtime artistic partner, pianist Lars Vogt (1970–2022). At the heart of this album is Brahms, one of Lars Vogt’s favourite composers, and his late orchestral masterpiece, the Double Concerto. Brahms himself had admired one of Viotti’s violin concertos so much that he included material from the Violin Concerto no.22 into his work. With Christian Tetzlaff’s recording of the Violin Concerto, this album finally brings these two works together. Also included is Dvořák’s beautiful Silent Woods for cello and orchestra, a work by another composer that was very close to Lars Vogt’s heart.

“During the recording the feeling was that all of us were thinking of Lars all the time, the members of the orchestra too, who also valued Lars so very much. At the end there was a run-through with an audience. It was truly something like a memorial ceremony. It was the moment to say: Now we’re playing for you, Lars, and perhaps you’re listening from somewhere. We’re thinking of you, and we’re giving you this and want to preserve your memory with it. Friendship and love could really be felt in that place.” – Tanja Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff is considered one of the world’s leading international violinists and maintains a most extensive performing schedule. Musical America named him ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2005. His recording of the Bartók Violin Concertos (ODE13172) received both Gramophone and ICMA Awards, and the recording was also a finalist for the BBC Music Award in 2019. His recording of the Violin Concertos by Mendelssohn and Schumann, released on Ondine in 2011 (ODE11952), and Bach Sonatas and Partitas released in 2017 (ODE12992D) received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’. In addition, in 2015 ICMA awarded Christian Tetzlaff as the ‘Artist of the Year’, and he also received ECHO ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ award in 2017 for his album of Brahms Violin Sonatas (ODE12842). His recordings on Ondine with Brahms’s Trios (ODE12712D) and Violin Concertos by Dvořák and Suk (ODE12795), released in 2015 and 2016, earned Grammy nominations. In 2023, Christian Tetzlaff’s recording of Schubert’s trios together with Lars Vogt and Tanja Tetzlaff won the Opus Klassik award.

Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff performs an extensive repertoire, including the staple solo and chamber music literature, and important compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Tanja Tetzlaff has played with leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and collaborated with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Kitajenko, Paavo Järvi, Michael Gielen and Heinz Holliger. Chamber music also plays a significant part in her career, with regular appearances alongside Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexander Lonquich, Antje Weithaas, Florian Donderer, Baiba and Lauma Skride, and her brother, Christian Tetzlaff. In 1994 Tanja founded the Tetzlaff Quartett, with Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath and Hanna Weinmeister.

For more than 70 years the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) has distinguished itself as one of Germany’s leading orchestras. Founded as the RIAS Symphony Orchestra in 1946, it was renamed the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin in 1956 and has borne its current name since 1993. Robin Ticciati has led the DSO as its music director since the 2017–18 season. Since its inception, the orchestra has been able to retain outstanding artist personalities, including Ferenc Fricsay, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Askenazy, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, and Tugan Sokhiev.

Estonian Grammy Award-winning conductor Paavo Järvi is widely recognised as one of today’s most eminent conductors, enjoying close partnerships with the finest orchestras around the world. He serves as Chief Conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester-Zürich, as the long-standing Artistic Director of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen since 2004, and as both the founder and Artistic Director of the Estonian Festival Orchestra. In addition to his permanent positions, Järvi is much in demand as a guest conductor, regularly appearing with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, London Philharmonia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. He also continues to enjoy close relationships with many of the orchestras of which he was previously Music Director, including Orchestre de Paris, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 Paavo Järvi was named Conductor of the Year by Germany’s Opus Klassik and received the 2019 Rheingau Music Prize for his artistic achievements with The Deutsche Kammerphilharmoie Bremen in the German orchestral and cultural landscape.

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