Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-65) was one of the leading musicians of his day, a friend of Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt and Mendelssohn, and for Joseph Joachim 'the greatest violinist I ever heard'. But the popular encore pieces by which Ernst is remembered today represent only a fraction of his output. This series of six CDs presents his complete violin works for the first time, revealing one of the instrument's most accomplished and memorable composers. The first disc shows him in a range of moods, from the mystery and grandeur of the Prophet Fantasy and the Chopinesque poetry of the Two Nocturnes to the bizarre whimsy of The Carnival of Venice and infectious high spirits of the Rondo Papageno — the nineteenth-century virtuoso violin both in introspective melancholy and at its most dazzlingly flamboyant.
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano
Deux Nocturnes, Op. 8 (c. 1834)
Carnaval de Venise (Variations burlesques sur la canzonetta ‘Cara mamma mia’), Op. 18 (1837)
Deux Morceaux de Salon, Op. 13 (1841t42)
Thème Allemand Varié, Op. 9 (c. 1835)
Rondo Allemand pour Piano et Violon sur des thèmes d’Oberon, Schunke’s Op. 23 (c. 1836)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0118EAN/UPC: 5060113441188Release Date: 17.01.2011Composer: Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Artists: Ian Hobson,
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Robert Maxham :
“With its close and detailed recorded sound, its sympathetic collaboration between violinist and pianist, and its exploration of the music of a central figure in the history of violin playing (and, in the note, that figure himself), both specialists and nonspecialists should find something of interest. Urgently recommended to all sorts of listeners.” —Robert Maxham, Fanfare
Jeremy Nicholas :
“… Dismayingly overlooked, like so many other once-celebrated composer-virtuosos of the 19th century, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812‑65) is at last beginning to receive a measure of recognition, on disc at least.” —Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone
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