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’. This sixth album – in a series of seven presenting all his compositions for the first time – begins and ends with some of the most difficult music for solo violin ever composed: Ernst’s Six Polyphonic Studies and his transcription of Schubert’s song, Der Erlkönig. Between them comes less familiar fare: five Schubertian piano pieces, and two settings of Goethe.
Sherban Lupu, violin Tracks 1-12, 20
Yvonne Redman, soprano Tracks 18-19
Ian Hobson, piano Tracks 13-19
Trois Valses non dansantes pour le Piano-forte (c. 1838)
Two Goethe Settings*
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Catalogue No: TOCC0311EAN/UPC: 5060113443113Release Date: 01.07.2019Composer: Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst Artists: Ian Hobson,
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The Sunday Times :
“The Toccata label is seeking to represent the whole oeuvre of this little-known but not insignificant composer (1812-65). Here are first recordings of five piano pieces and two Goethe settings, but the framing main attractions are the six Etudes pour le violon à plusieurs parties and the Grand Caprice, for violin solo, on Schubert’s Erlking. The new sophistication to which Ernst brings double-stopping and single-violin polyphony is mesmerising.” —Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
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