Antje Weithaas

Antje Weithaas releases the third and final album of her Bach-Ysaÿe trilogy

With this CD, the violinist Antje Weithaas concludes her recording of all the sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eugène Ysaÿe.

It greatly surprises her that no one has previously brought these two cycles together as systematically as she has done here, even though such an idea seems rather obvious: “The relationships are so strong! Now, I always combine these two composers in my solo recitals. It’s a completely new experience for the audience as well. They mostly come because they love Bach. And then they discover Ysaÿe. After Bach, their ears are opened for Ysaÿe’s subtleties – and after that, they hear more in Bach’s works than they did at the beginning.”

Critics have been enthusiastic from the very outset: “Her always technically flawless and musically intelligent and fascinating [Bach] interpretation is simply unassailable. But this Ysaÿe fills me with enthusiasm. Here, a new level is added to the technical and musical virtuosity of the violinist: that of tone colour. There is only a mere breath between luminous brilliance and shadowy sotto voce, between lyrical cantabile and screaming furioso – Weithaas switches from one to the other with lightning speed, turning Ysaÿe into an Expressionist painting in the process” (SWR2 about Vol. 1). And the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about the second CD: “A splendid Bach-Ysaÿe edition”.

Antje Weithaas started her three-album Bach-Ysaÿe project in 2012. “I am very grateful to have been able to spend so much time working intensively on these two important œvres for solo violin for so many years. Who would normally have such a privilege?!”

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Antje Weithaas

CD release: Antje Weithaas concludes complete recording of all works for violin and orchestra by Max Bruch

“I can’t listen to this concerto any more. Could it be that I have written only this one concerto?” Bruch complained about his Violin Concerto No. 1. And this work is indeed by far Bruch’s most popular. The violinist Antje Weithaas has taken it upon herself to make his other works for violin and orchestra better known as well, and this third CDEntwürfe cpo-Cover 08-2016_cover.indd of the series completes the challenge. In addition to Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 3, Antje Weithaas has recorded on this Vol. III his Romanze op. 42 as well as the Konzertstück in F Minor op. 48.

cpo // 3126654 // CD release in Germany: 23 August 2016

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