Bach & Ysaÿe Vol. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach - Eugène Ysäye

Bach & Ysaÿe Vol. 2

Antje Weithaas

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085533466
Catalog number: AVI 8553346
Releasedate: 10-06-16
- Vol. 2 of the Trilogy shows Bach’s Sonata No. 2 and Partita No. 3 as well as the 3rd and 5th Sonata of Ysaÿe played by Antje Weithaas
- it was her own idea to jointly record Johann Sebastian Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin in conjunction with Eugène Ysaye’s six solo violin sonatas

Youthful experiments vs. mature wisdom Vol. 2
Vol. 2 of Antje Weithaas‘ Trilogy with works of the two cycles. 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 Ysaye’s six solo violin sonatas. “The works by Bach are rather well-known”, she remarks. “But what about the Ysaye sonatas? Ysaye is invariably shoved into the virtuoso corner, but as a composer he is to be taken quite seriously!” - Now the No. 2: On the second CD in her Bach-Ysaye-trilogy, Antje Weithaas follows a path from darkness to light.
J. S. Bach‘s Sonata in A Minor resembles a sacred passion without words; Ysaye’s dramatic Third Sonata is entitled Ballade, and the first movement of Ysaye’s Fifth Sonata evokes a sunrise (L’aurore ). The CD closes with Bach’s Partita in E Major! “This work is the simplest one in the entire cycle of sonatas and partitas. I don’t mean ‘simple’ as ‘easy to play’, but in terms of its musical statement: here, Bach chooses the majestic, positive key of E Major.”
„ ….Nevertheless it is particularly exciting and refreshing to hear Weithaas in true isolation with her beautiful and varied tone (on her modern Greiner violin which she plays with extraordinary skill of compensation, exspecially when maintaining the heavy poise of the Chaconne) and absolutely meticulous technique. Most of all, you can hear her complex thinking clearly evidenced in the light but ever-present dance lilt in all Bach’s movements, despite their musical and intellectual gravities. …..“ (The Gramophone, March 2015)

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 Maestre 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, Dvórak 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.