Tabea Zimmermann.


Violist Tabea Zimmermann:

I listened this morning to violist Tabea Zimmermann, who has chosen for this CD a collection of romantic miniatures for the viola, including several forgotten works by popular composers of the 19th century, such as Liszt, Vierne, Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski.

At the heart of this recital is ‘Album Leaves’ by the Bohemian composer Hans Sitt, a contemporary of Johannes Brahms. Tabea Zimmermann‘s long-term musical partner, pianist Thomas Hoppe, joins her for this recording.

Here are the exact titles of these pieces, with the album title, “Romance oubliée”:


  • Elegy, Op. 44


  • Adagio for viola (or cello or violin) & piano


  • Romance, Op. 4
  • Aucassin and Nicolette (canzonetta medievale)


  • Romance oubliée, for piano, S. 527


  • Albumblätter for viola and piano, Op.39

Vierne, L:

  • Deux Pièces Op. 7


  • Elegie for viola and piano, Op. 30


  • Reverie in F sharp minor for viola & piano

Performed by Tabea Zimmermann (viola) and Thomas Hoppe (piano).

I have posted about this violist before. I perceive her to be an outstanding musician. Her work in chamber music showed me that she loves to listen to the interplay between the instruments, and to work toward expressive communication of the composer’s works.

One of these days I would love to attend a live concert by Ms. Zimmermann.

Here is what BBC Music Magazine wrote in April 2015:

“The major discovery here is Hans Sitt’s Op. 39 Albumblatter, six Schumannesque miniatures that Zimmermann nurtures and caresses with a bewitching range of tonal colours, further enhanced by Thomas Hoppe’s pitch-perfect accompaniment.”

Here is a young Tabea Zimmermann at the Geneva International Music Competition:


And next, here she is in Penderecki’ Viola Concerto:

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