Christian Tetzlaff And Lars Vogt – In Recital – 2015 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert
Christian Tetzlaff, violin – Lars Vogt, Piano – Recital – RNE Radio Clasica – December 4, 2015 –
Over to Barcelona this week for a recital by Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt in an all-Brahms program, recorded on December 4, 2015 by RNE Radio Clasica.
The concert features all three Brahms sonatas for Violin and Piano; opus 78, opus 100 and opus 108.
Christian Tetzlaff was born in Hamburg. His parents were amateur musicians and met in a church choir. He began playing the violin and piano at the age of 6, and made his concert debut at 14 years old. He studied with Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and later with Walter Levin at the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music.
His breakthrough as a soloist came in 1988, at the age of 22, when he performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto in critically acclaimed concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic. The following year he made his solo recital debut in New York City. He has continued to play as a soloist with major orchestras on stage and in recordings, including Beethoven’s works for violin and orchestra performed with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich under David Zinman. He returned to New York in 2011 for a recital with Antje Weithaas at Zankel Hall. 2012 he joined his sister Tanja (cello) and Leif Ove Andsnes (piano) playing Schumann’s piano trios, which were awarded. Other critically acclaimed recordings include his 2007 release of Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and in 2012 his release of three Mozart violin sonatas with Lars Vogt at the Spannungen chamber music festival in Heimbach. His recording of Schumann’s violin sonatas with Lars Vogt (piano) was named Gramophone’s recording of the month for January 2014. His discography includes a number of modern works such as the violin concertos of György Ligeti and Stuart MacRae.
Lars Vogt was born in Düren on 8 September 1970 and began taking piano lessons at the age of six. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He rose to prominence after winning second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and went on to give major concerto and recital performances. His first major recordings were with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle, first in 1992 Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. On the record cover, pianist and conductor appeared in informal clothes, which was new at the time. They went on to record Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 in 1995. Vogt first played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He first appeared with the New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel in the 2003/04 season. He had a close relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic who made him their first pianist in residence, again with Rattle. Vogt recorded commercially for such labels as EMI/Warner Classics, Avi Music, and Ondine.
In February 2021, Vogt was diagnosed with cancer of the throat and liver, continuing to play while receiving treatment, and recording between rounds of chemotherapy.
Vogt died in a clinic in Erlangen in the presence of his family on 5 September 2022, three days before his 52nd birthday.
Now, on to the concert.
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