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ERNST, H.W.: Violin Music - Erlkonig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies (Spacek, Back)

ERNST, H.W.: Violin Music - Erlkonig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies (Spacek, Back)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Josef Spacek

Soloist

Gordon Back

Soloist

Venue:

Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 73:26
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HEINRICH WILHELM ERNST

1 

Le roi des aulnes, Op. 26 (after Schubert's Erlkonig)

4:07
 Josef Spacek Soloist
     
2 

Variations brilliantes sur un Theme de Rossini, Op. 4

14:47
 Josef Spacek Soloist
     
 

6 Mehrstimmige Studien (6 Polyphonic Studies)

 
3 Etude No. 1 in F major: Rondino scherzo 4:40
4 Etude No. 2 in A major: Allegretto 2:09
5 Etude No. 3 in E major: Terzetto 6:35
6 Etude No. 4 in C major: Allegro risoluto 3:12
7 Etude No. 5 in E flat major: Air de Ballet 3:07
8 Etude No. 6 in G major, "Die letze Rose" (The Last Rose of Summer): Moderato 8:53
 Josef Spacek Soloist
     
 

STEPHEN HELLER

9 

L'art de phraser, Op. 16 (arr. H.W. Ernst for violin and piano)

2:28
 Gordon Back Soloist
     
 

HEINRICH WILHELM ERNST

10 

Elegie sur la mort d'un objet cheri (with Introduction by L. Spohr)

6:45
 Gordon Back Soloist
     
11 

Trio pour un violin

0:54
 Josef Spacek Soloist
     
12 

Le Carnaval de Venise, Op. 18, "Variations burlesques sur la canzonetta Cara mia mamma"

15:49
 Gordon Back Soloist
     


The Moravian Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst is a dazzling example of the nineteenth-century violinist-composer, of whom the greatest was Ernst’s sometime rival, Paganini. Indeed it was the Italian who persuaded Ernst to follow the life of a touring virtuoso, in which role he was to perform with the greatest musicians in Europe, earning the admiration of men such as Chopin and Mendelssohn. The Elégie sur la mort d’un objet chéri, mentioned by Tolstoy in The Kreutzer Sonata, was one of the best-known violin works of the century, and the Polyphonic Studies offer a compendium of violin technique on a par with the works of Paganini himself.

 "...For its combination of devil-may-care virtuosity (both in the composer’s conception and the violinist’s execution), Špacek’s collection of Ernst should appeal at least to violinists. But even musical purists, who honor the reputations of the composers who admired Ernst, may find more than they bargained for in these brilliant pieces with soft centres. Urgently recommended across the board."

Robert Maxham - Fanfare - November/December 2013


"Spacek’s playing is so tasteful, expressive, and elegant that it is sometimes difficult to remember that the feats he is performing on the violin are probably the most difficult ever devised... I find his playing spectacular and put him in a class with superb soloists like Augustin Hadelich, Tianwa Yang, and James Ehnes. Anyone who appreciates excellent virtuosic violin playing combined with exquisite musicianship should hear this recording."

Elaine Fine - American Record Guide - November/December 2013


                      Repertoire ****      Sound *****      Interpretation ****

Ernst Hoffmann - Ensemble magazine - June/July 2013




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