Cover History: Christian Tetzlaff

April 9, 2013

We first featured him back in March 1995, at the age of 28, when he told us: 'Critics make the listener believe that a combination of intelligence and passion isn't possible. It's like saying that once you understand the structure of a piece, you can't be excited by it or make it sound interesting. That's nonsense. Violinists of the past were not regarded that way.'
Ten years later, in July 2005, he told us about his new recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas and explained: 'I want people to see how profoundly beautiful this music is. For me, the slow movements contain some of the most exquisite songs ever written, and the fugues have an exuberance and a wild beauty. I care more about those aspects than about architectonic mastery. I think of these six works as Bach's personal prayer book.'
To read about Tetzlaff in 2013, download the digital edition of the April issue here:

Christian Tetzlaff is on our cover for the April 2013 issue, but it’s not his first time there. Here he is in 1995 and 2005.

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