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American Record Guide: (03/2021) 
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Reviewer: Joseph Magil


Tabea Zimmermann’s Bach is light, sprightly, lyrical, and mellifluous. She does not attempt to makes grand statements in these suites. That is sensible considering the light tone of her instrument. It is a choice that works beautifully thanks to her taste and intelligence. She tells us, “We truly need Bach’s music, regardless of the instrument it is performed on. But for me the most important thing is to achieve a coherent approach that makes a connection between the instrument you have chosen and the way you play it.” These are the most satisfying readings of these suites that I have heard on the viola.


There are six pieces from Gyorgy Kurtag’s Signs, Games and Messages. These are expressionist, dissonant, avant-garde pieces that are largely gestural and timbral. The fifth piece, ‘A Flower for Tabea’, was written for her as a memorial to her deceased husband.

Zimmermann’s viola was made by Etienne Vatelot in Paris in 1980.


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