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 album – 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.
"... For those who haven’t yet discovered the riches of Toccata’s series, this third volume might be as good a place as any to begin - but surely not to end... The volumes of this series ought to pass directly through the Want List into the Hall of Fame ... Not recommended for those with heart problems, and so forth. They’re that exciting."
Robert Maxham - Fanfare - July/August 2013