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Violin Concerto (vinyl)
Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto (vinyl)

Antje Weithaas

Label: CAvi
Format: LP 12inch
Barcode: 4260085533435
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Catalog number: AVI 8553343
Releasedate: 12-02-16
- This recording is unique in that Antje Weithaas is soloist and leader in one.
- The Camerata Bern is one of the leading chamber music groups of which Antje Weithaas is the artistic director.
Soloist and leader of the Camerata Bern, Antje Weithaas - 'For any violinist, the Brahms Concerto is a special challenge and a precious gem, a piece one works on for decades. I studied it more intensely for the first time when I was 18-19; now I'm astounded to note how one's perception of such a work can change so radically. Amongst all violin concertos, Brahms, Beethoven and Mendelssohn play an essential role, and I would add Britten and Shostakovich. The Brahms Violin Concerto is part of our essential repertoire, and was composed at a time when the 'customary' violin concerto no longer had any significance as virtuoso display for a soloist (incidentally, that's my own credo as a performer). This is a symphonic work, an aspect that relates it to the recording of Berg and Beethoven I made with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra a couple of years ago. Those two pieces from different stylistic periods are actually works for orchestra with obligato solo violin - and the same applies to the Brahms Concerto. The violin often plays passagework around the orchestra melody, as in the Beethoven Concerto, which is why I find the symphonic approach so important here as well...We tackled the challenge of performing and recording without a conductor. Of course, when I otherwise perform this concerto with a conductor, I intensely learn and think through the orchestra part in my head. It is a challenge I am aware of, and I thus probably would never have had dared to perform this concerto without a conductor. But since I've often performed the Beethoven Concerto with the Camerata Bern without a conductor, I started thinking that the Brahms Concerto just might work as well. Over teh past 7-9 years we have become so well-acquainted with one another on a musical and personal level that by now we manage to communicate with blindfolds on. I probably would not have dared to embark on this adventure with any other ensemble. The most important thing is that each musician should remain in a 'chamber music' attitude while providing the necessary symphonic energy and assuming his/her share of responsibility.
ANTJE WEITHAAS
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. 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 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, Dvo ˇrak 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.

CAMERATA BERN
Founded in 1962 as a flexible instrumental ensemble without a conductor, the CAMERATA BERN quickly rose to international success. Its members are highly gifted soloists and chamber musicians. Under the artistic direction of Antje Weithaas and guest concertmasters such as Erich Höbarth, Pekka Kuusisto, Amandine Beyer, Rachel Podger and Enrico Onofri, the ensemble stands out with its subtle and perfectly homogeneous sound, its freshness and mastery of style. The CAMERATA BERN now extends its focus to historically informed peformance on period instruments, while maintaining a lively, fruitful dialogue with the music of our time. These exceptional qualities have led the ensemble to collaborate with a great number of internationally renowned soloists such as Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, Alexander Lonquich, Jörg Widmann, Tabea Zimmermann, Bernd Glemser, Christian Gerhaher, Marie Luise Neunecker, Vesselina Kasarova, Radu Lupu, Gidon Kremer, Barbara Hendricks, Reinhold Friedrich, Leonidas Kavakos and Angelika Kirchschlager, amongst others. The ensemble has toured extensively in Europe, South and North America, as well as in South Asia, the Far East, Australia and Japan, recently to Mexico, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Montevideo, Geneva, Genua and others. Its recordings have won several international awards. In 2012, the CAvi-Music label released a CAMERATA BERN Beethoven CD with Antje Weithaas. The CAMERATA BERN hosts its own subscription concert cycles in Bern. It brings music closer to children thanks to a large-scale project initiated in 2010, with over 130 concerts in schools across the Canton of Bern. In collaboration with Bern Municipal Theatre, the CAMEARATA co-produces full-length choreographies and opera. In early 2015, the ensemble co-produced Monteverdi’s opera “L’Orfeo” with Konzert Theater Bern very successfully conducted by Attilio Cremonesi. The CAMERATA BERN FOUNDATION receives subsidies from the City, the Civic Community and the Canton of Bern. It also receives regular support endowments from the Ursula Wirz Foundation and project-related funding from a series of further foundations and sponsors. In its programmes dedicated to early music, the ensemble performs on a set of 14 period instruments based on Baroque models, donated by the Bernese Guilds, the Civic Community of Bern and the Hans & Verena Krebs Foundation.