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Christian Tetzlaff plays Bach and Bartók

A great solo for “Artist in Residence” Christian Tetzlaff: the violinist will play the Sonata for Violin by Béla Bartók as well as two works from the “Sei Solo à Violino senza Basso accompagnato” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Tge three works are among the most challenging in the violin literature and give the interpreter the opportunity to show all the facets of his talent.

Christian Tetzlaff Violin

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major BWV 1005

Béla Bartók

Sonata for solo violin Sz 117

Dates and Tickets

Thu, 28 May 2015 8 p.m.

Chamber Music Hall

Introduction: 7:00 pm


The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin solo – says Christian Tetzlaff, this season’s Artist in Residence – are Johann Sebastian Bach’s personal prayer book. “I believe that Bach wrote these works for himself. He was an excellent violinist, and the violin offered him melodic qualities of sound that the keyboard instruments of that time could not provide.” Whether composed for himself or for others, the Sei Solo à Violino senza Basso accompagnato are among the most challenging works in the violin literature. Their hallmark: Bach puts a complex, polyphonic way of composing into effect on a melodic instrument.

For this concert, Christian Tetzlaff has programmed two of the six solo pieces: the Sonata in C major, the second movement of which is an artfully composed fugue, and the Partita in D minor, conceived in suite form with the famous Ciaccona as finale, testing the limits of the instrument. In 2007, the violinist won an Echo Klassik for his recording of Bach’s sonatas and partitas. Also prize-winning: Tetzlaff’s recording of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for solo violin. The composer, already fatally ill, wrote this work for Yehudi Menuhin in 1944. Formally, Bartok referred to Baroque forms – the first two movements are structured as Ciaccona and Fugue; melodically and harmonically, however, he used elements of Hungarian folk music. And in the process created a work full of archaic austerity and lyrical beauty.

Christian Tetzlaff

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