Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Volume One

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Catalogue No: TOCC0118
EAN/UPC: 5060113441188
Release Date: 2011-01-17
Composer: Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
Artists: Ian Hobson, Sherban Lupu

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

Listen To This Recording:

    Fantasie brilliante sur le Prophète (Opéra de G. Meyerbeer), Op. 24 (c. 1850)

  1. I. Allegretto molto moderato
  2. II. Andantino pastorale
  3. Deux Nocturnes, Op. 8 (c. 1834)

  4. No. 2 in E major
  5. No. 1 in A major
  6. Carnaval de Venise (Variations burlesques sur la canzonetta ‘Cara mamma mia’), Op. 18 (1837)

  7. Theme
  8. Variation I
  9. Variation II
  10. Variation III
  11. Variation IV
  12. Variation V
  13. Variation VI
  14. Variation VII
  15. Variation VIII
  16. Variation IX
  17. Variation X
  18. Variation XI
  19. Variation XII
  20. Variation XIII
  21. Variation XIV
  22. Variation XV
  23. Variation XVI
  24. Variation XVII
  25. Variation XVIII
  26. Variation XIX
  27. Variation XX
  28. Variation XXI
  29. Variation XXII
  30. Variation XXIII
  31. Variation XXIV
  32. Variation XXV
  33. Deux Morceaux de Salon, Op. 13 (1841t42)

  34. No. 1, Adagio sentimentale
  35. No. 2, Rondino grazioso
  36. Thème Allemand Varié, Op. 9 (c. 1835)

  37. Introduction
  38. Theme
  39. Variation I
  40. Variation II
  41. Variation III
  42. Variation IV and Moderato
  43. Variation V
  44. Rondo Allemand pour Piano et Violon sur des thèmes d’Oberon, Schunke’s Op. 23 (c. 1836)

  45. Introduzione: Andante
  46. Rondo: Allegro moderato
  47. Final: Presto
  48. Rondo Papageno, Op. 20 (c. 1845)

2 reviews for Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music for Violin and Piano, Volume One

  1. :

    ‘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 Magazine

  2. :

    ‘… 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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