Bach & Ysaÿe Vol. 1
Johann Sebastian Bach - Eugène Ysaÿe

Bach & Ysaÿe Vol. 1

Antje Weithaas

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533206
Catalog number: AVI 8553320
Releasedate: 21-11-14
  • Antje Weithaas counts as on of the great violin player and a phantastic musician
  • First time Antje Weithaas has recorded solo works
  •  Her program of three 3 CDs confronts Bach works with Ysaÿe works which are related
  • .The Highlight of the Partita No. 2 is the very famous CHACONNE
Antje Weithaas launches her trilogy of solo violin CDs with the first work in each cycle.

It was Antje Weithaas’s own idea to jointly record Johann Sebastian Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin in conjunction with Eugène Ysaÿe’s six solo violin sonatas. “The works by Bach are  rather well-known”, she remarks. “But Ysaÿe is invariably shoved  into the virtuoso corner, but as a composer he is to be taken quite seriously!”.

Eugène Ysaÿe‘s son remembers that his father started composing the solo violin sonatas when he heard Joseph Szigeti, a violinist younger than himself, play Bach in Brussels in 1923. Antje Weithaas sees many parallels with Bach’s Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin,  BWV 1001: “The works have similar structures.”

“Both composers wrote technically challenging pieces featuring double stops  and ornamental figurations. Although there is no proof for such connections, I’m quite certain that  Ysaÿe had them in mind.”  The fugues, in each case, represent quite a challenge. Each composer demands double and  multiple stops from an instrument normally designed to play one part at a time. “The notes are  written directly on top of one another, as the composer must have imagined them in his head, but  not in the way they are to be executed. Since the performance tradition has not survived, we can  only make guesses.” 

„Antje Weithaas counts among the great violinists of our time.“ FonoForum
It is hardly possible to imagine a better advocate of music than Antje Weithaas. The art of the music itself
and its communication are always her main focus. Today, she is one of the most sought-after soloists and
chamber musicians of her generation. Her wide range of repertoire includes the great concertos by Mozart,
Beethoven and Schumann and modern classics by Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ligeti and Gubaidulina, but
also rarities such as the violin concertos by Korngold, Hartmann and Schoeck.
Antje Weithaas has been invited to perform with leading German and European orchestras as well as with
numerous major international orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony,
Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the leading orchestras of the Netherlands, Scandinavia and
Asia. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri
Temirkanov, Yakov Kreizberg, Sakari Oramo, and Carlos Kalmar. Currently she is artistic director of the
Camerata Bern, working among others, with Xavier de Maestro and Alexander Lonquich; Concerts at the
Mozart Week in Salzburg with Leif Ove Andsnes, Lars Vogt, Kim Kashkashian, Nicolas Altstaedt and Jörg
Widmann among others.
Antje Weithaas is particularly active in the chamber music field with musical partners such as Christian
and Tanja Tetzlaff, Clemens Hagen, Silke Avenhaus, Sharon Kam and Lars Vogt. The Arcanto Quartet, with
violinist Daniel Sepec, violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, continues to be a special
focus for Antje Weithaas’ chamber music activities. She has also recorded several highly praised discs by
Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Fauré, Dvoˇrak and Suk with Silke Avenhaus and by
Beethoven with the Camerata Bern on the CAvi-music label.
Antje Weithaas began playing the violin at the age of four and later studied at the Hochschule für Musik
“Hanns Eisler“ Berlin with Professor Werner Scholz. In 1987, she was the winner of the Kreisler Competition
in Graz, and went on to win the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1988 and the International Violin Competition
in Hannover in 1991. After having taught at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Antje Weithaas became
professor at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in 2004. Her violin was built by Peter Greiner in 2001.