Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Frank Peter Zimmermann, violinist.

I recently listened carefully to several performances by German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, and I liked his playing a lot.

It is amazing how times have changed: Years ago, we had a few great violinists. Those were the days of Heifetz, Milstein, Menuhin, and a few others. Today we have many more fine artists, and in particular a lot more women, such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer, Janine Jansen, and more.

Now back to Frank Zimmermann. I heard him play a lot of Bach; and I also enjoyed his performance of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. I particularly liked the first and second movements of the Tchaikovsky concerto; however, I felt that the final movement was played a bit too fast.

Here is Mr. Zimmermann, performing the J. S. Bach Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor BWV1014 – Adagio:



And next, let’s listen to Mr. Zimmermann play the J. S. Bach Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2, BWV 1003



Finally, here’s the Tchaikovsky that I mentioned above:



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