Mit einer perfekten Darbietung dieser mit technischen Klippen nur so gespickten Werke etwa von Pisendel und Biber zeichnet Nadja Zwiener ein eindrucksvolles Bild der europäischen Violinkultur um 1700.

Bernhard Schrammek, rbbKultur

Technisch souverän setzt die Geigerin die spärlichen Angaben aus den Originaldrucken mit einem Maximum an Abwechslungsreichtum bei Bogenstrich und Tongebung um, hebt gekonnt die Stimmführungen hervor, wenn eingestreute Akkorde dies erfordern, oder lässt das Passagenwerk locker und mit klug gesetzten agogischen Verzögerungen zur nachhaltigen Betonung von Tonhöhen zwecks Herausarbeitung latenter Mehrstimmigkeit erklingen. (…) Ein besonderer Höhepunkt der Einspielung ist Johann Georg Pisendels anspruchsvolle Sonata à Violino solo senza Basso a‑Moll (um 1717), deren Umsetzung nicht nur durch technische Meisterschaft, sondern auch durch viele farbenreiche, dynamische Schattierungen und einen klangsinnlichen Zugang zu den Kantilenen für sich einnimmt.
das Orchester, Oktober 2021

Völlig unverbrauchte Musik, so sinnlich wie präzise gespielt, und sehr natürlich und körperhaft produziert.

Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkszeitung

Résultat, cette heure d’écoute passe comme un souffle malgré la relative uniformité sonore qu’impose le postulat de départ. Mais le disque est aussi une sorte de manifeste de résistance contre la dureté des temps actuels : réaction artistique et intellectuelle d’une interprète (par ailleurs leader de l’English Concert) contrainte par les confinements de se priver de ses collègues de l’orchestre ou d’un continuo. Concentré d’érudition musicologique, de maîtrise instrumentale et de finesse musicale, un disque à ne pas rater!


Olivier Eterradossi,

Auf dieser CD dürfte viel aus der unmittelbaren Zeit mitschwingen. Nicht nur eine musikalische Liebeserklärung der Violinistin an die Musik des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts.


Blanka Weber, MDR Kultur

The Pisendel Sonata à Violino solo senza Basso a-moll is a particular demanding work for the player, with virtuosic figurations and double-stopping in the concluding Giga. Variationen (at 8’56, the longest piece on the CD) that Nadja Zwiener makes sound effortless. (…) It was recorded in the Bethanienkirche in Leipzig, the attractive acoustic adding a pleasent bloom to the sound whilst allowing individual notes to shine through. The playing is beautifully sensitive.

Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews

Musik, die atmet, weil sie spricht, singt, flüstert, sucht und findet. An jeder Wegesecke ein neuer Ton, der mit kindlichem Staunen von allen Seiten betrachtet wird. So ein Geigenbogen lebt, jedenfalls, wenn er in die richtigen Hände gerät.

Jörg Lengersdorf, SWR 2

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Nadja Zwiener’s violin playing has been described as “breathtakingly…” and “insanely virtuosic”. Her own priority on the concert platform, however, is direct communication — an exchange which leaves both performer and audience emotionally, intellectually and physically moved. Brought up in an academic and scientific household, Nadja and her brother nonetheless inherited from their parents the conviction that it was art and culture that bound life together and gave significance to learning.
A large part of Nadja’s musical education was spent as a founding member of the Kuss Quartett at the Musikgymnasium Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach in East Berlin. At the quartet’s inception the three upper voices swapped roles; this meant that already as a teenager, Nadja became used to understanding music as a conversation between equals. The desire to immerse herself in a new culture (and the travel opportunities that arose after the fall of the Berlin Wall) brought Nadja to London for postgraduate studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was here that she had her real moment of revelation as a Baroque violinist. Asked to play in the band for Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, she assumed the music would be too dry and too remote to have any emotional impact on her. The reality changed the direction of her career profoundly. The combination of instruments and voices, of richness and clarity, of exotic timbres and unfamiliar harmonic structures was inspirational; the method of working, with Christian Curnyn bringing singers and instrumentalists together into a true collaboration, seemed to combine the thrill of large-scale music-making with the intimate approach of a chamber musician.
These experiences continue to inform Nadja’s attitude as the leader of The English Concert. Here, since 2007, she has enjoyed varied roles as leader, chamber musician and concerto soloist amongst colleagues who are as able to give musical impulses as to receive them.
She particularly enjoys working with singers and creating interesting chamber music programmes that might go as far as combining Early Music with improvised, electronic or Contemporary music and dance. She regularly collaborates with sound designer Johannes Malfatti and choreographer Emanuele Soavi.
As a proud Thuringian living in Leipzig, Nadja feels very at home in the music of Bach, so was delighted to be invited by conductor Hans-Christoph Rademann to help form and to lead a new period instrument orchestra for the Bachakademie Stuttgart in 2016. Here she focuses on one defining composer and repertoire, with its own defining sound based on the middle-German tradition. This is the perfect balance for her work with Harry Bicket, Kristian Bezuidenhout and The English Concert, whose kaleidoscopic and collaborative approach offers the same qualities that first struck her at those Monteverdi rehearsals twenty years ago.  
And for those critics and others who seek instead the thrill of insane virtuosity, an example can easily be found in Nadja’s recent recording with The English Concert of Tartini’s Concerto in B minor.


Dear music lovers,

For this season, some concerts will be held online only. Please check the links below for more information.

Nadja Zwiener


Johann Sebastian Bach, Adagio from The Solo Sonata in G Minor

George Frideric Handel, Suite Aus "II Pastor Fido" HWV 8a - Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Friede Sei Mit Dir, BWV 158: II. Welt, Ade, Ich Bin Dein Müde (Excerpt)



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