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Thomas Zehetmair celebrates the summit of violin repertory on 'Sei Solo' / WFMT: Featured New Release

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Composed three centuries ago, Johann Sebastian Bach's set of six works for solo violin stands as one of the holy grails of the instrument's literature – perhaps the holiest. Now the great Austrian musician Thomas Zehetmair makes his own mark in the rich history of this music, revisiting the repertoire on period instruments. Zehetmair is an extraordinary violinist and a consistently inquisitive and self-questioning artist. He has not only played the big concertos but has given close attention to chamber music and new repertory and has also found an extra calling as a conductor, channelling this varied experience into his return to the formidable cornerstone of Bach's solo masterpieces.

In revisiting the solo works of Bach, the summit of the violin repertory, Zehetmair plays the music with vividness and intelligence to produce a recording that is deeply steeped in the music and at the same time original. The album was recorded at Propstei St. Gerold in Austria and it is the WFMT: Chicago 'Featured new Release' for Tuesday January 28, 2020.