© Alberto Venzago
© Alberto Venzago
Schumann Cycle 2
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra | Paavo Järvi | Christian Tetzlaff
With his complete recording plus a concert film about the four Schumann symphonies, Paavo Järvi created a sensation – and set interpretive standards. Like few others, the Estonian maestro knows how to penetrate to the interior of these scores. “Schumann has the ability to suddenly change from the deepest melancholy, sadness, and depression into a firework of joy. That is unique,” Järvi believes. “He felt that music should never be written for its own sake. There seems to be a story behind each of his compositions.” With the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and the Rhenish Symphony, Järvi recounts the initial euphoria that overwhelmed Schumann when he moved to Düsseldorf in 1850 to take up the post of music director. With Christian Tetzlaff and the late Violin Concerto, however, the program escorts us into the composer’s darkest period. The work was considered so crazy and infected by “madness” that it was never played during Schumann’s lifetime and only received its premiere 84 years late, in 1937.
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich © Paolo Dutto
Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, which was founded in 1868, this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. The first 80 years of its history were shaped by the conductors Friedrich Hegar and Volkmar Andreae, each of whom helmed the orchestra for about four decades. In the recent past, it was above all David Zinman who led the ensemble to world renown as principal conductor (1995–2014). For the 2019-20 season, the Estonian maestro Paavo Järvi will take over as Music Director. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich currently consists of about 100 musicians and presents approximately 100 concerts featuring 50 different programs each season. These also include numerous guest tours. In the last twenty years alone, the ensemble has performed in 70 cities and 14 countries. Most recently, in October and November 2018, the orchestra toured Asian metropolises, with stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Seoul. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich regularly collaborates with such renowned guest conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Bernard Haitink, and Franz Welser-Möst, as well as with specialists in historically informed performance practice such as Ton Koopman, Jan Willem de Vriend, and Giovanni Antonini. Among the prominent soloists with whom the orchestra has performed are the pianists Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, Nelson Freire, Hélène Grimaud, Maria João Pires, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang; the violinists Lisa Batiashvili, Julia Fischer, Christian Tetzlaff, and Frank Peter Zimmermann; and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Its concerts for children and families, workshops, along with the tonhalleLATE series and the community platform TOZzukunft, are aimed at new audiences. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has released more than 40 CDs; a box set of recordings featuring all of its music directors and important guest stars from 1942 to 2016 has been produced to mark the anniversary in 2018.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on September 14, 2003; David Zinman conducted works by Luciano Berio, Antonín Dvořák, and Richard Strauss.
Christian Tetzlaff © Giorgia Bertazzi
Christian Tetzlaff, who was born in 1966 in Hamburg, graduated from the Lübeck Music Academy, where he studied violin with Uwe Martin Haiberg; in 1985-86 he spent a year in Cincinnati working with Walter Levin, former first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet, to perfect his skills. Since his official concert debut at the Berlin Festival in 1988, when he performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto, Tetzlaff has appeared with such leading orchestras as the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the renowned London orchestras, as well as the “Big Five” orchestras in the United States. In the 2011-12 season he undertook a South American tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons on their tour of Spain and France, and appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding in the Far East. Tetzlaff devotes himself to a repertoire encompassing Bach to the present. Chamber music occupies an important place in his artistic work: in the past season he concertized with Lars Vogt in the United States and performed as resident artist with the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Christian Tetzlaff has also brought his wide-ranging artistry to LUCERNE FESTIVAL, where he was featured in 2005 as “artiste étoile.” Tetzlaff’s discography has won such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the Edison Award, and the Echo Klassik; his latest CD, of Schumann piano trios was included in the German Record Critics’ best-of list in the fall of 2011. Christian Tetzlaff plays a violin modeled after a Guarneri del Gesù and built by the German violin maker Peter Greiner.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 2 September 1989, as part of the Young Artists series in works by Mozart, Webern, Prokofiev, and Beethoven.