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Frank Peter Zimmermann – Martinu – Violin Concertos Nos. 1,2 – Bartok – Sonata for Solo Violin (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frank Peter Zimmermann – Martinů-Violin Concertos Nos. 1,2 – Bartók – Sonata for Solo Violin (2020)
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Frank Peter Zimmermann, one of today’s most highly regarded violinists, takes our breath away with this recording together with the Bamberger Symphoniker and their chief conductor Jakub Hruša – one of the leading Martinu conductors of today. They start off by exploring the lyrical side of Bohuslav Martinu, offered in the Second Violin Concerto (1943), to dive into the neo-classical idiom championed by Stravinsky that informs the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin closes the album. Composed in 1944, only a year before Bartók’s death, it is a deeply personal statement which fuses the overall layout of Bach’s solo violin sonatas with Hungarian folk tradition with results that are as fascinating to the listener as they are challenging to the performer.

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Frank Peter Zimmermann – Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Frank Peter Zimmermann – Beethoven Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4 (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:45 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
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Highly regarded as soloists as well as chamber musicians, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen are also known for an unostentatious and selfless musicianship which never obscures the music they are performing. When they started their collaboration in 2018, it was with the aim of playing and recording Beethoven’s 12 violin sonatas. A series of recitals at prestigious venues and festivals was followed by the first recording sessions, which took place in September 2019. Enjoy the results! Frank Peter Zimmermann is widely regarded as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Making his début with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, in 1985, and with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983under Lorin Maazel, he performs with all major orchestras worldwide, including the Concertgebouworkest, all the London orchestras and the leading orchestras in the United States. He is a regular guest at the major music festivals, including Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Martin Helmchen has established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of the younger generation. He performs with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Oslo Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys collaborations with conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Paavo Järvi and Vladimir Jurowski.

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Memorial concert for Claudio Abbado with Simon Rattle and Frank Peter Zimmermann 2014 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In this concert from May 2014, the Berliner Philharmoniker remember their former chief conductor Claudio Abbado who died 4 months earlier on 20 January. In remembrance of this sad loss, Frank Peter Zimmermann plays Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major without conductor. In the second part of the concert, Sir Simon Rattle performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s statement on the death of Claudio Abbado: “The Berliner Philharmoniker mourn the loss of an extraordinary musician and man: His love of music and his insatiable curiosity were an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the musicians of the orchestra and shaped our work together ever since his first concerts with the orchestra in 1966. The Berliner Philharmoniker are proud to be able to include him among their chief conductors and to be a part of his musical heritage. His death is an infinitely heavy loss for all musicians. The Berliner Philharmoniker bow before Claudio Abbado in deep love and gratitude, and dedicate this concert to his memory.”

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/17007

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Mariss Jansons conducts Dvorak’s Symphony “From the New World” 2012 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Anyone thinking of Czech music has a specific sound in mind: colourful, passionate, decidedly rhythmical, mildly exotic and almost always with a melancholy undertone. These and many other facets of the music of Bohemia and Moravia are to be found in this concert with Mariss Jansons and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann. Following works by Smetana and Bohuslav Martinů, the evening culminates in Antonín Dvořák’s famous Symphony No. 9 From the New World.

With at least two of his works, Bedřich Smetana added to his country’s cultural heritage: the cycle Má vlast, and the opera The Bartered Bride, from which we will hear the fast-paced overture in this concert. Bohuslav Martinů’s Second Violin Concerto is more restrained, reflecting the composer’s state of mind when he wrote the work in exile in the USA during the Second World War. His homesickness is conveyed through many of the Czech folk-inspired melodies. Five decades before, Dvořák’s Symphony “From the New World”, full of inspiration and verve, originated in a similar way, leaving a lasting monument to Czech (much more than to American) folk music.

Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has long been a close friend of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Among his recordings which first attracted the attention of the international music world is his recording of Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, full of emotional depth and exciting details: a performance that still impresses today.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/2886

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Mariss Jansons and Frank Peter Zimmermann 2015 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

In his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Béla Bartók succeeded in weaving a dense network of relationships between tonal colours; continuous transitions are juxtaposed with direct contrasts. The arrangement of the instrumentalists, targeting spatial sound effects, emphasises the great significance of the orchestral sound: the score states that the strings, split into two quintets, are to be placed to the left and right of the podium so that the two groups converge in the contrabasses at the extreme end of the semicircle, while the middle of the podium is reserved for the percussion. Mariss Jansons selected Bartók’s “masterpiece” (Paul Sacher) for his guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as the Second Suite from Maurice Ravel’s “Symphonie choréographique” Daphnis et Chloé, which Igor Stravinsky called “one of the most beautiful products of all French music”.

Between these two pieces, Frank Peter Zimmermann plays Dmitri Shostakovich’s emotionally charged Second Violin Concerto, a work which Shostakovich wrote for David Oistrakh’s 60th birthday. However, the composer had miscalculated by one year so that the successful première took place in Moscow on 26 October 1967 when Oistrakh was 59 years old…

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/20429

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Daniel Harding and Frank Peter Zimmermann 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Daniel Harding, who began his career as Sir Simon Rattle’s assistant with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before assisting Claudio Abbado with the Berliner Philharmoniker, has placed Antonín Dvořák’s passionate Concert Overture Othello at the beginning of these Philharmoniker concerts – an ideal “opener”, followed by an exciting premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s new violin concerto. That’s because Lindberg is considered among the most virtuoso orchestral composers of the present day: “It is not about making a manifesto. Music is something which is about emotion! It is an experience.” The soloist is violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, who has many contemporary works in his repertoire: “As violinist I would like to bring to life the new ideas that a composer from our time has brought forth.”

After the interval, Daniel Harding conducts the Boulez classic Mémoriale (… explosante-fixe … Originel) for flute and eight instruments, in which the soundscape broken like a prism into the most varied instrumental colours leads to silence at the end. The programme ends with Robert Schumann’s Second Symphony, a piece which consistently heads for its triumphant Finale. The successful premiere took place on 5 November 1847: “In this work,” the journalist Alfred Dörffel wrote in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, “the composer reached a new high point in his oeuvre.”

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/22399

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Bernard Haitink (2010) 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It is actually astonishing that Brahms’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most popular, for the composer here forgoes all virtuosic display with which his contemporaries such as Paganini and Sarasate guaranteed the success of their works. In the Brahms concerto there is not even a play on the tension between soloist and orchestra; the effect is rather one of mutual support for each other.

This powerful cooperation can be appreciated in this concert with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The Tagesspiegel described the performance as “sensational”: “Zimmermann works together with the sections of the orchestra, his phrasing is clear and intelligent, he forgoes self-indulgence, and develops a warm and intensive timbre with a shellac-like sheen.”

The Hungarian flavour that permeates the last movement of the Brahms concerto is reflected in the two other works of the evening, but they are of genuine Magyar origin. The concert opens with György Kurtág’s Stéle for large orchestra, written in 1993 during Kurtág’s time as Composer in Residence with the Philharmoniker, and ends with Bartók’s sharply contoured Concerto for Orchestra.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/286

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Brahms, Bartok – Zimmermann, Haitink 2010 720p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

It is actually astonishing that Brahms’s Violin Concerto is considered one of the most popular, for the composer here forgoes all virtuosic display with which his contemporaries such as Paganini and Sarasate guaranteed the success of their works. In the Brahms concerto there is not even a play on the tension between soloist and orchestra; the effect is rather one of mutual support for each other.

This powerful cooperation can be appreciated in this concert with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Bernard Haitink. The Tagesspiegel described the performance as “sensational”: “Zimmermann works together with the sections of the orchestra, his phrasing is clear and intelligent, he forgoes self-indulgence, and develops a warm and intensive timbre with a shellac-like sheen.”

The Hungarian flavour that permeates the last movement of the Brahms concerto is reflected in the two other works of the evening, but they are of genuine Magyar origin. The concert opens with György Kurtág’s Stéle for large orchestra, written in 1993 during Kurtág’s time as Composer in Residence with the Philharmoniker, and ends with Bartók’s sharply contoured Concerto for Orchestra.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/286

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Berliner Philharmoniker – Alan Gilbert and Frank Peter Zimmermann 2016 1080p WEB-DL AAC2.0 H.264-CHDWEB

Many people were taken by surprise when Alan Gilbert, then the chief conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm, was appointed Music Director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2009/10 season. After all, the native of New York was the youngest chief conductor to head up the orchestra, and since Leonard Bernstein the first American to assume this prestigious position in the music world. Alan Gilbert first conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker in February 2006; at his subsequent Philharmonic concerts as well he always appeared, in the opinion of the Berliner Morgenpost, like a “radiant winner”. “I had,” the unpretentious maestro has said, “the good fortune to study with Bernstein. His enthusiasm had even more of a formative effect than his style. His love of music and of people – which was the same for him – has been a very important influence.”

At this year’s guest appearance in Berlin, Alan Gilbert takes on two works by this year’s Composer in Residence John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine is a work in which the music flows through the room with rhythmically pulsating force and seems to suspend the laws of gravity with light instrumentation; in addition, the orchestra plays Lollapalooza for large symphony orchestra, composed as a gift for Sir Simon Rattle’s 40th birthday: the motifs that overlap in ever different ways, the complicated rhythms, make this music a thrilling furioso until the last beat of the drum.

With Béla Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, the programme continues with a lyrical work that contains “warmly flowing, happily singing melodies” and is “elated by a youthful fervour” (György Kroó). The soloist is Frank-Peter Zimmermann, one of the most distinguished violinists today, known around the world for his brilliant playing – full of elegance, facility, intensive magnetism and tastefully proportioned vibrato: “To play Bartók’s Second Concerto with an outstanding orchestra is unbelievably gratifying.” The evening is rounded off with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, in which, in the words of the well-known music critic Hermann Laroche, the composer artfully succeeded in “combining the tragic with the insouciance of ballet-like rhythms”. Tchaikovsky himself called the threatening-sounding brass fanfare at the beginning the “seed” of the whole symphony. “This is Fate, that fateful force which prevents the impulse towards happiness from attaining its goal.”

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