LSO International Violin Festival: Behind the Scenes with Christian Tetzlaff
'I think what Beethoven as a piano player would love about the fiddle, and that shows throughout the string quartets, is a certain ability of singing that only the greatest piano players achieve, and that only with a lot of fantasy and make-believe. What he’s looking for in the concerto is an even more singing quality and a tenderness throughout the piece that is not a trademark of all of his pieces. You’d be surprised to see that most of my part is marked piano, and even pianissimo. For a violin concerto you would assume it would say: come on, go on stage and tell them how big and beautiful you are. So with the first big concerto of the literature, he’s going a very specific way which is not the way, let’s say, of Brahms and Tchaikovsky and many others. He is a very human soul in this piece.'
LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Christian Tetzlaff
To continue the LSO International Violin Festival Christian Tetzlaff will perform Beethoven's sublime Violin Concerto. We find out more about him, and the concerto he has performed a staggering 280 times, in this blog.
LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Isabelle Faust
The LSO International Violin Festival continues on 7 May, with a performance of Brahms’ great romantic Concerto. Soloist Isabelle Faust makes her LSO debut with this cornerstone of the violin repertoire; we find out more about her – and her instrument – in this blog.
LSO International Violin Festival: Meet Nikolaj Znaider
The LSO International Violin Festival reaches its halfway point on 12 May with a performance of one of the peaks of the violin repertoire. We find out more about soloist Nikolaj Znaider and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in this blog.