Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos 1 and 2
Live from Wigmore Hall
Presented by Martin Handley.
German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, renowned for his criticism of 'the cliche of the Strad', is accompanied by Lars Vogt in the three Brahms violin sonatas. In Part One:
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78;
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 100
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Lars Vogt, piano
Currently the Wigmore Hall's Artist in Residence, Christian Tetzlaff has a reputation for his fresh approach to the violin and its repertoire. He prefers his modern instrument made by German luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner to the Stradivarius instrument he used to play, and he once told a roomful of students, 'Beauty is the enemy of expression.' In a recent interview his accompanist Lars Vogt said, "He knows so much about music, but at the same time he is such an intuitive and wild musician, who comes at it directly from the stomach." He has been acclaimed for his interpretation of Brahms: critic Ivan Hewett described his 2011 Proms performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto as "the most extraordinarily intense and dramatic rendition of this great piece I have heard".