See Klaus Tennstedt play the violin

See Klaus Tennstedt play the violin


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2015

He gave up the instrument at 19 after suffering a growth on his hand.

I never once saw him play a stringed instrument.

But this pic has just been sent my way and I find it incredibly moving.

The great conductor was always rooted in his instrument. It’s an image of profound loss.


klaus tennstedt violin


  • Erich says:

    Wonderful – and equally so to see how many posthumous live recordings of his are now being released and how even the Germans, who were so sniffy about him in his lifetime, are now realising what a major figure he was.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    He was also a much loved figure among audiences in Swansea where he appeared at the Festival a couple of times with the LPO.

  • Milka says:

    Violinists are a dime a dozen ..
    Fate gave us this rare marvelous conductor.
    A night that still registers-Fidelio – Tennstedt-Vickers,Marton Peters