Frank Peter Zimmermann on Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” (4 min.)
Since his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1985, Frank Peter Zimmermann has performed a broad repertoire, ranging from Mozart’s violin concertos and the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries to first performances and world premieres. In September, he performed Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto under the baton of chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. In this introduction, the violinist talks about the genesis of the work: Berg composed it as a musical memorial to Manon Gropius, daughter of Alma Mahler-Werfel and Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius who died at the age of 18. In doing so, he also wrote his own Requiem, since he died a few months after completing the work. For Zimmermann, the piece is one of the five most important violin concertos in the repertoire.