Violinist Antje Weithaas and the Camerata Bern recorded the Violin Concerto and the String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor (arranged for string orchestra) by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. “I wanted to record Tchaikovsky for several reasons. Most importantly, I love Tchaikovsky’s music, particularly the two works featured on this recording,” says Antje Weithaas, violinist and leader of the Camerata Bern. It was a risky venture to record the Violin Concerto without a conductor. “Such projects can only succeed when the soloists and the orchestra know one another very well, as is the case with myself and the Camerata,” explains Antje Weithaas. Being able to make music together in such an intimate atmosphere is „a luxury“.
She makes no bones about who she is, doesn’t push her way to the fore or seek the limelight in order to make a spectacular appearance. And precisely because of this, Antje Weithaas, born in 1966, is one of the most sought-after, characterful and striking violinists of our time.
Anything and everything she plays on stage or recordings is regularly described by critics as outstanding, “breathtaking”, intensive, technically and tonally brilliant. Weithaas’s interpretations and concert programming have even taken on benchmark status. Her ideas, her intensity and her unique style all contribute to her high reputation. Now, just a few weeks ago, the third and final album of her Bach-Ysaÿe trilogy was issued, while she can been seen and heard with various programmes till mid-2018 in countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Hungary, Spain and Poland.