Ernst: Complete Music, Volume 3
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Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music, Volume Three

Catalogue Number: TOCC0163
EAN: 5060113441638
Release Date: 3 December 2012
Duration: 80:56

Introduction et Variations Brillantes, Op. 6
Élégie sur la mort d’un objet chéri, Op. 10
Introduction, Variations et Final, Op. 26
Pensées fugitives, Nos. 7–12
Souvenirs de l’Opéra La Juive
Airs hongrois variés, Op. 22

Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano

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.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1-9 Introduction et Variations Brillantes en form de Fantaisie pour le violon sur le Quatuor favori de Ludovic de F. Halévy, Op. 6 (1833)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano

(first recording)
13:43
1 Introduction: Moderato 3:45 play
2 Thema: Moderato 1:09 play
3 Var. 1: Risoluto 1:29 play
4 Var. 2 1:23 play
5 Var. 3 1:10 play
6 Var. 4 1:41 play
7 Molto Adagio 1:28 play
8 Allegretto moderato 0:38 play
9 Finale: Lostesso Tempo 1:00 play
10-11 Élégie sur la mort d’un objet chéri, Op. 10 (1830s)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano
9:19
10 Introduction by Louis Spohr 2:11 play
11 Élégie 7:08 play
12-18 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)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Charles Schunke, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano

(first recording)
13:59
12 Introduzione: Moderato maestoso 3:27 play
13 Tema 0:57 play
14 Var. 1: Meno Vivo 0:53 play
15 Var. 2 0:51 play
16 Var. 3: Brillante ma moderato 1:13 play
17 Var. 4: Andantino pastorale 2:05 play
18 Finale 4:33 play
19-26 Pensées fugitives, par Heller et Ernst, Part II: Nos. 7–12 (c. 1839)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano

(first recording)
22:41
19 No. 7 Rêverie: Quasi Allegretto 3:49 play
20 No. 8 Un Caprice: Allegro assai 2:06 play
21 No. 9 Inquiétude: Adagio 3:28 play
22 No. 10 Prière pendant l’orage: Allegro non troppo 2:59 play
23 No. 11 Intermezzo: Allegro poco agitato 3:06 play
24 No. 12 Thème original de H. W. Ernst: Allegretto 1:12 play
25 Variation: Moderato 1:25 play
26 Presto capriccioso: Presto 4:36 play
27-28 Souvenirs de l’Opéra La Juive de F. Halevy pour Piano et Violon Concertants Composés par Osborne et Ernst (1830s)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
George Osborne, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano

(first recording)
8:07
27 Adagio 4:03 play
28 Allegro 4:04 play
29-36 Airs hongrois variés, Op. 22 (1845–46)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Ian Hobson, piano
13:07
29 Introduction: Molto moderato 0:31 play
30 Thema I 1:24 play
31 Variazione: Molto moderato 1:45 play
32 Più mosso 0:44 play
33 Thema II: Andante con molt’ espressione 1:41 play
34 Molto più mosso, quasi del doppia 0:33 play
35 Cadenza (Arthur Hartmann) 2:49 play
36 Thema III: Allegretto moderato, con molto spirito 3:40 play

Artists

Lithographic portrait of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer

Charles Schunke, composer

Stephen Heller by Charles Vogt, after Maurice de Vaines

Stephen Heller, composer
[credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France]

George Osborne c. 1850

George Osborne, composer

Sherban Lupu

Sherban Lupu, violin

Ian Hobson

Ian Hobson, piano

Reviews

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 November 2013

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 May 2013

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