Christian Tetzlaff on Violins, Religion and Freddie Mercury

Thursday, October 28, 2010

German Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the latest artist to embark on a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, a position that enables him to curate a wide-ranging personal concert series.  The first of his six-concert season at Carnegie is a program with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Tetzlaff stopped by WQXR the other day to chat with Jeff Spurgeon about the Perspectives series, about the modern violin he favors over those of the Stradivari era, and about the power and purpose of classical music in a pop-music world.

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Comments [3]

Zach Blovovian from NYC

Whoa, Mr. Meltzer, let's not fall into that old trap of fearing that German violinists are out to take over the world.

And while the U.S.A.'s national mythology asserts otherwise, America is indeed a society of classes.

Nov. 06 2010 05:00 PM
Michael Meltzer

The Tetzlaff photo comes from a studio with a German website. They need to be clued in that this is not a society of classes, Americans are not partial to photos of celebrities looking down at them.

Oct. 28 2010 05:32 PM

Just as I predicted, lots of violinists will soon agree with Tetzlaff's assessment of modern vs old violins. One can still purchase a great modern violin for about 2% of the cost of a Strad and the quality is comparable.

Oct. 28 2010 02:22 PM

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