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Christian Tetzlaff

April 8, 2011

Tetzlaff plays Tchaikovsky

Peter Tchaikovsky's violin concerto had a rocky start. The first two violinists who tried to master it gave up. The third gave the work its premiere, but was panned by critics. One said the soloist had not so much played the violin as "torn it apart, pounded it black and blue." Nowadays, the Tchaikovsky concerto is an audience favorite, a staple in every violinist's repertoire. We'll hear one of the best, Christian Tetzlaff, in concert with the Montreal Symphony.

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hour 1

  • George Butterworth
    English Idyll No. 2
    The Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, conductor
  • Niccolo Paganini
    The Carnival of Venice
    Vadim Repin, violin, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
    Philharmonie, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • Hector Berlioz
    Harold in Italy, Op. 16
    Lawrence Power, viola, the Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, conductor
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England

hour 2

  • Claude Debussy
    Finale from Violin Sonata in G Minor
    Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
  • Alessandro Piccinini
    Rolf Lislevand, chitarrone
    Ursuline Church, Varazdin, Croatia
  • Kevin Puts
    Musicians from the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
    Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
    Christian Tetzlaff, violin, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, conductor
    Place des Arts, Montreal, Quebec
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