Zinman’s recording legacy with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
AIMEZ VOUS BRAHMS?
Brahms is no stranger to Zurich. He conducted his ‘Triomphe Lied’ at the inauguration of the acoustically magnificent ‘Tonhalle Zurich’ in 1895. Now over 200 years later, David Zinman, chief conductor and music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich since 1995, has left his legacy and recorded all the Brahms symphonies to be released at the beginning of October 2011 / this year by Sony. These recordings are made from live concerts in the Tonhalle Zurich, and therefore retain the immediacy of a live recording. They are mastered by the same team who have which worked on all previous recordings with Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, producer Chris Hazell and sound engineer Simon Eadon.
These Brahms symphonies mark the continued passion Zinman has for recording with his Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, and the excellent results he achieves. Zinman believes ‘only through the making of recordings can an orchestra really improve. They listen to how they play and up their game’.
Following the resounding success of the Beethoven symphonies with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in the early years of Zinman’s tenure, he has continued to work through the classical and romantic repertoire. Strauss, Schumann, Mahler, Brahms and the now to be completed Schubert symphonies are all on disc. Other recordings with Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich include Mozart violin concertos Nos 1-5 with Pamela Frank on the Arte Nova label, trumpet and trombone concertos with Jeffrey Segal and Michael Bertoncello also on Arte Nove, and most recently the Tchaikovsky and Bartok violin concertos with Valery Sokolov on EMI.
The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman have performed two Brahms symphonies in Vienna’s famous Musikverein in October 2010, and will include Brahms symphony No 2 during their Asia tour 3- 15 November 2011.