Home     Artists     Contact
 
 
 

Back to artist

 
Review THOMAS ZEHETMAIR & RUTH KILLIUS
 

www.telegraph.co.uk 13/06/2014:  Elegant and revolutionary
…excellent idea was to offer a world premiere. This was John Casken’s That Subtle Knot, a double concerto for Zehetmair and Killius. The title refers to John Donne’s famous poem The Ecstasy, in which he ponders the peculiar double nature of man, part body, part spirit. The two soloists conjured all kinds of musical metaphors for this notion. Sometimes one followed the other, sometimes one pulled up while the other dragged down, sometimes it was an ecstatic mingling. - Ivan Hewett

www.theguardian.com 20/10/2013: Royal NorthernSinfonia/Zehetmair
…The D major Divertimento K136 hadstartedthings off, a perfectshowcase for the Royal NorthernSinfonia's instinctive stylishness and tonal refinement, beforeZehetmairtook up hisviolin to partnerhiswife, the violist Ruth Killius, in the Sinfonia Concertante K364. Theywere a wonderfullycomplementary pair of soloists; heurging the music forward, sheseizing on any chance to beexpressively expansive. …. the finale wasbeautifully, joyouslyjudged, and therewas an encore, too – a moto perpetuoduet for violin and viola written for the couple by Heinz Holliger, deliveredwith the samefierce engagement and energy. - Andrew Clements

www.leipzig-almanach.de 27/08/2012: Musikalische Netzwerke
Höhepunkt des Abends ist die Interpretation von Holligers Drei Skizzen für Violine und Viola. Thomas Zehetmair und Ruth Killius finden zu einem geradezu intimen Zusammenspiel. Eine trockene flirrend-schwebende Struktur im ersten Teil wird kontrastiert durch eine virtuos-humorvolle Skizze im Mittelteil des Stückes. Der letzte Teil nimmt Ideen von Holligers 2. Streichquartett vorweg – choralartig entwickelt sich eine dichte Struktur, die jeweilige Singstimme der Instrumente überrascht mit weichen Klangfarben bevor die Partitur die beiden Instrumente zu einem Instrument zusammenführt und letztlich verschmelzen lässt. Bravo! - Steffen Kühn

The Classical Review 6/06/2011: CD Kindred Spirits
The distinguishing feature of Zehetmair's Schubert Six is its tremendous rhythmic charge; [...] the Allegro main section of the first movement and the Presto outer panels of the Scherzo have an exhilarating edge and strength. By contrast, Zehetmair isn’t afraid to reduce the slower passages in the finale almost to a standstill, just ticking over enough not to lose momentum entirely. Add the crispness of the chamber-orchestral textures of the Northern Sinfonia and you have an account of the work which is idiosyncratic in its extremes of energy and repose but which, by that very token, tells you something new about the music.  - Martin Anderson

www.concertonet.com 13/03/2011 : CD «Manto and Madrigals»
…C’est un récital contemporain très éclectique que proposent sur ce disque le violoniste Thomas Zehetmair et l’altiste Ruth Killius, …Le résultat est en tout point excellent. La cohésion des duos, pour ne pas parler de fusion des deux artistes, est remarquable, à la hauteur de leur musicalité et de leur maîtrise technique, assez confondante. Cela chante constamment. On est presque frustré de n’entendre que de courtes pièces, même si leur style contrasté a le mérite de dynamiser l’ensemble, et d’avoir affaire à un disque au minutage vraiment chiche. - Stéphane Guy

 

top