Beethoven, Violin Concerto, C. Tetzlaff, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, D. Zinman
Bruckner, Symphony No. 6, Houston SO, C. Eschenbach
Suspicions that Christian Tetzlaff would deliver a memorable performance of the Beethoven violin concerto certainly proved true. With Eschenbach's hand at the rudder, this was an expansive, surprising, and uncompromisingly Romantic interpretation, with plenty of rubato applied to both the orchestral and solo parts. Faced with a choice, Julia Fischer's Apollonian interpretation would still be my top choice for this work, but my listening life is richer for having heard the piece the way Tetzlaff played it. He approached the score quite freely, adding embellishments and splashy details to the solo part, most notably in his own, very unusual cadenzas. These are based on cadenzas that Beethoven later wrote for his orchestral reduction of the concerto for piano, and they add something to one's understanding of the work (Tetzlaff recorded them
Robert Battey, Eschenbach, Tetzlaff, Bruckner: The fresh and less familiar faces of the NSO (Washington Post, October 8)
Next week Eschenbach will lead a performance (October 14 to 16) of Mahler's fifth symphony. Nathalie Stutzmann's cancellation means that there will be no Mahler songs on the program, unfortunately, replaced with a Mozart symphony.