In 2010 Leif Ove Andsnes teamed up with Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmermann and Clemens Hagen for a one-off performance at the Salzburg Festival which included Brahms’ 1st Piano Quartet. “It was one of the most rewarding chamber music experiences I have ever experienced” said Leif Ove “and so immediately we started to plot a reunion in order to explore all the quartets together.”
That reunion was supposed to have taken place earlier this Spring in New York but Christian Tetzlaff had to withdraw at the last minute due to the premature birth of his daughter. His daughter was born healthy and sound and violinist, James Ehnes miraculously stepped in for Tetzlaff at the last minute. Reviewing the Carnegie Hall concert the New York Times wrote “in this eloquent performance the music sounded magnificent” and the Chicago Tribune commented “You would guess that any summit meeting of international string virtuosos headed up by the sterling pianist Leif Ove Andsnes would bring out the best in all participants and the music, and you would be right.”
This month Christian Teztlaff reunites with his original “Salzburg team” to perform all three of Brahms’ Piano Quartets at concerts in Luxembourg (24 May), Wattens (25 May), Vienna (26 May), London (28 May), Brussels (29 May) and Paris (30 May).