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 third CD — in a series of seven presenting all his compositions for the first time — shows the full range of his creativity and charm. The Élégie sur la mort d'un objet chéri is written in his most moving and melancholy vein, and the Airs hongrois variés push the virtuoso violin to its absolute limits. Between these extremes lie the lyricism of the Pensées fugitives, the inventiveness of his treatment of two Halévy operas and the high spirits of his fantasy on a Strauss waltz.
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano
Élégie sur la mort d’un objet chéri, Op. 10 (1830s)
Introduction, Variations et Final, Dialogués & Concertans sur une Valse favorite pour Piano et Violon par Charles Schunke et H. W. Ernst, Schunke’s Op. 26 (1834)
Pensées fugitives, par Heller et Ernst, Part II: Nos. 7–12 (c. 1839)
Souvenirs de l’Opéra La Juive de F. Halevy pour Piano et Violon Concertants Composés par Osborne et Ernst (1830s)
Airs hongrois variés, Op. 22 (1845–46)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0163EAN/UPC: 5060113441638Release Date: 03.12.2012Composer: Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Artists: Ian Hobson,
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Elaine Fine :
“After a fascinating career that included sharing rooms with Ole Bull and kudos from Robert Schumann, Ernst eventually became Paganini’s successor as the favored violin showman of the day. Lupu plays this difficult music with the flair of a gypsy and the discipline of a soldier… Ian Hobson plays the simple Schubertian arpeggios beautifully and offers a wonderful contrast to, and support for, the cascades of arpeggios, leaps, and bowing gymnastics that Lupu plays so brilliantly.” —Elaine Fine, American Record Guide
Robert Maxham :
“And, speak of electrifying (maybe that should be ELECTRIFYING), every minute of the 80:55 of Toccata’s third volume devoted to the music of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst could light a city for a year (so could the first two volumes: they’re better than solar panels). It’s not just a matter of the music and not just a matter of the performances and not just a matter of the recorded sound—it’s all of them.” —Robert Maxham, Fanfare
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