[Performing music] is the job that has the most to do with
the belief in the existence of a soul.
I deal in Berg’s soul, in Brahms’s soul — that’s my job. […]
Trying to turn lead into gold is nothing compared to
taking something mechanical like an instrument — a string and a bow —
and using it to evoke a human soul, preserved through the century.
– Christian Tetzlaff
Christian Tetzlaff Rethinks How a Violin Should Sound : The New Yorker.
Tetzlaff plays on a modern violin, made by the Bonn-based luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner, which can produce an unusually wide range of tones, from the refined to the wild. That versatility suits Tetzlaff because he rejects the facile association of classical music with Old World elegance, or what he calls “the cliché of the Stradivarius.”
For many years, Tetzlaff, who is forty-six, performed wearing wire-rimmed glasses of the Trotsky-Mahler variety, which fuelled his reputation as an ascetic intellectual. (He now wears contact lenses.) Yet the image of Tetzlaff as a crisp and imperiously cerebral soloist grows more complicated when you watch him perform.
- The Violin of Auschwitz (danitorres.typepad.com)
There was a time when I would, while not eagerly, but with great interest and anticipation pick up a book of Holocaust literature.
The story begins and ends in the present day. It opens in Krakow, Poland where a musician notices a dignified older woman playing a violin with such perfection and passion that the sound haunts him by its beauty. Regina tells him the violin was made by her uncle, a luthier, to the measurements of a Stradivarius. It’s her most prize possession. It’s the story of how the violin came into being that makes up the bulk of the story.
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- You: German customs confiscates violin, demands duty (japantimes.co.jp)
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- Choko Live at the Promusica Theatre (muzikandlyts.com)
- You: Frankfurt customs officers return Stradivarius to violinist (japantimes.co.jp)