Christoph Eschenbach, Christian Tetzlaff, Tabea Zimmerman, and Heinrich Schiff

Like James Levine, his predecessor at Ravinia, maestro Christoph Eschenbach is also an ace chamber pianist who likes to nurture upstart talents. In the honored tradition of conductor mentors, he’s collected a number of proteges around him, and two of them are featured in this recital. The German-born violist Tabea Zimmerman, though only 30, has already garnered coveted prizes and recording contracts in Europe, where she’s highly sought after for chamber collaborations by the likes of Gidon Kremer and Heinz Holliger; her fellow countryman Christian Tetzlaff is probably the best-known violinist under 40 not trained in the former Soviet Union. Both will join Eschenbach and the estimable (and oft-recorded) cellist Heinrich Schiff in Schumann’s passionately delirious Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, a minor though memorable milestone in the classical canon. They’ll also present that composer’s kaleidoscopic piano album Marchenbilder. Two works by Schumann disciple and best buddy Brahms round out the program, each representing the best in its genre: Tetzlaff is showcased in Violin Sonata no. 2, and Schiff in the first of the cello sonatas; Eschenbach is the accompanist to both. Wednesday, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 728-4642.


Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos of Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff.