Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 - Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
19.02.2021

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Antoine Tamestit, Cédric Tiberghien & Matthias Goerne

Composer: Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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  • Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1:
  • 1Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: I. Allegro appassionato07:35
  • 2Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: II. Andante un poco adagio04:38
  • 3Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: III. Allegretto grazioso04:19
  • 4Viola Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1: IV. Vivace05:01
  • Johannes Brahms:
  • 5Nachtigall, Op. 97 No. 1 (Arr. for viola and piano)02:27
  • Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2:
  • 6Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: I. Allegro amabile08:37
  • 7Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: II. Allegro appassionato04:53
  • 8Viola Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2: III. Andante con moto - Allegro06:58
  • Johannes Brahms:
  • 9Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Arr. for viola and piano)01:33
  • Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91:
  • 10Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: I. Gestillte Sehnsucht05:08
  • 11Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91: II. Geistliches Wiegenlied05:07
  • Total Runtime56:16

Info for Brahms: Viola Sonatas, Op. 120 - Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91



Magisterially rounding off one of the nineteenth century’s most remarkable bodies of chamber music, Brahms’s two Sonatas op.120 call for a virtuosity wholly dedicated to their extraordinary lyricism. Just as in the famous ‘Lullaby’, the melodic line develops with an almost organic naturalness, in close proximity to the human voice. Hence it is hardly surprising in this context to discover two lieder in which baritone and viola are treated as equals, and which are here interpreted by three exceptional musicians!

Antoine Tamestit, viola
Cédric Tiberghien, piano
Matthias Goerne, baritone



Antoine Tamestit
is recognised internationally as one of the great violists - soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In addition to his peerless technique and profound musicianship, he is known for the depth and beauty of his sound with its rich, deep, burnished quality. His repertoire is broad, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, and he has performed and recorded several world premieres.

One of the concertos Tamestit commissioned is the concerto by Jörg Widmann. Since giving the world premiere performance in 2015 with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, Tamestit has given performances of the concerto with the co-commissioners, Swedish Radio Symphony and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, both under Daniel Harding, again with the Orchestre de Paris, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Tamestit’s other world premiere performances and recordings include Thierry Escaich’s La Nuit Des Chants in 2018, the Concerto for Two Violas by Bruno Mantovani written for Tabea Zimmermann and Tamestit, and Olga Neuwirth’s Remnants of Songs. Works composed for Tamestit also include Neuwirth’s Weariness Heals Wounds and Gérard Tamestit’s Sakura.

In the 2019/20 season, Tamestit is Artist in Residence at the Kammerakademie Potsdam, performing concerts throughout the season as soloist and including three play/conduct concerts. He is the subject of the London Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Artist Focus’ and will play 3 concerto programmes – the Widmann concerto with Daniel Harding, Berio Voci with Francois Xavier Roth and the Walton concerto with Alan Gilbert. In addition, he will play 4 substantial chamber music programmes with partners, Jörg Widmann, Denes Varjon, The Quatuor Arod, Colin Currie, and Masato Suzuki. Tamestit and Suzuki will play the same all-Bach programme in the 19/20 season in the Luxembourg Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Innsbruck and in the following season in Carnegie Hall and Montreal.

In the last season, Tamestit toured the US with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and appeared as Gardiner’s soloist with theorchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He returned to the London Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Dresden Saatskapelle, Orchestre de Paris in Paris and on tour, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. In recital and chamber music, he appeared at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, BOZAR in Brussels and the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

Tamestit has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, WDR Köln, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has worked with many great conductors including Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Antonio Pappano, François-Xavier Roth, Emmanuel Krivine and Franz Welser-Möst.

Antoine Tamestit is a founding member of Trio Zimmermann with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera. Together they have recorded a number of acclaimed CDs for BIS Records, most recently Bach’s Goldberg Variations which was released in May 2019, and they have played in Europe’s most famous concert halls and series. Other chamber music partners include Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capucon, Martin Fröst, Leonidas Kavakos, Nikolai Lugansky, Emmanuel Pahud, Francesco Piemontesi, Christian Tetzlaff, Cédric Tiberghien, Yuja Wang, Jörg Widmann, Shai Wosner and the Ebene and Hagen Quartets.

Antoine Tamestit records for Harmonia Mundi and released the Widmann Concerto, recorded with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding in February 2018. The recording was selected as Editor’s Choice in BBC Music Magazine and also won the Premier Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2019. His first recording on Harmonia Mundi was Bel Canto: The Voice of the Viola, with Cédric Tiberghien released in February 2017. Tamestit’s distinguished discography includes Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev for LSO Live; for Naïve he has recorded three Bach Suites, Hindemith solo and concertante works with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; and an earlier recording of Harold in Italy with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. In 2016 he appeared with Frank Peter Zimmermann and the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on a new recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (Hännsler Classic). Tamestit’s second release in 2019 was Bach’s Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba which he recorded with Masato Suzuki.

Together with Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Japan, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and a wide range of education programmes.

Born in Paris, Antoine Tamestit studied with Jean Sulem, Jesse Levine, and with Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including first prize at the ARD International Music Competition, the William Primrose Competition and the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, as well as BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2008.

Antoine Tamestit plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, loaned by the Habisreutinger Foundation.

Cédric Tiberghien
is a French pianist who has established a truly international career. He has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships.

Recent and future concerto appearances include the Berliner Philharmoniker, London and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras as well as performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla with the Orchestre de Paris. Cédric has a very strong relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London. In addition to several chamber projects, he will be performing a complete Beethoven Variation cycle there over the next two seasons. Other solo recitals include the Philharmonie Halls in both Paris and Berlin and he will join violinist Alina Ibragimova and the Doric Quartet for a chamber project in Europe. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) presented the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). In this music theatre project staged by Katie Mitchell, Schumann’s Dichterliebe is performed alongside a new work by Bernard Foccroulle, setting a text by Martin Crimp. Cédric collaborated on this project with soprano Julia Bullock and further engagements this season include New York, Moscow, London and Brussels.

Cédric recently presented a major focus on the music of Bartok, culminating in a three-volume exploration of his solo piano works for the Hyperion label. He has been awarded four Diapason d’Or, for his solo recordings on Hyperion. He also has many concerto and recital discs released on Harmonia Mundi.

He is a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, violist Antoine Tamestit and baritone Stéphane Degout. Cédric’s passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings: his discography with Alina includes complete cycles of music by Schubert, Szymanowski and Mozart (Hyperion) and a Beethoven Sonata cycle (Wigmore Live).

Matthias Goerne
is one of the most versatile and internationally sought-after vocalists and a frequent guest at renowned festivals and concert halls. He has collaborated with leading orchestras all over the world. Conductors of the first rank as well as eminent pianists are among his musical partners.

Matthias Goerne has appeared on the world’s principal opera stages, including the the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real in Madrid; Paris National Opera; Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, and the Vienna State Opera. His carefully chosen roles range from Wolfram, Amfortas, Marke, Wotan, Orest, and Jochanaan to the title roles in Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.

Goerne’s artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received rave reviews and prestigious awards, including four Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, Diapason d’or arte, and the ECHO Klassik 2017 in the category „singer of the year“. In 2019, three new recordings have been released: The Brahms Requiem with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in a William Kentridge production at the Salzburg Festival, and an album of songs by Robert Schumann with Leif Ove Andsnes.

In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. A native of Weimar, he studied with Hans-Joachim Beyer in Leipzig, and later with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

In the 2017/18 season, Matthias Goerne was artist of residence at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, and The New York Philharmonic named him as Artist-in-Residence for their 2018/19 season.

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