Ernst: Complete Music, Volume 4
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Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music, Volume Four

Catalogue Number: TOCC0189
EAN: 5060113441898
Release Date: 30 September 2013
Duration: 67:15

Violin Concerto in F sharp minor, Op. 23
Violin Concertino in D major, Op. 12
String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 26

Sherban Lupu, violin
Ciompi String Quartet, string quartet
Sinfonia da Camera, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor

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 fourth CD – in a series of seven presenting all his compositions for the first time – contains some of his most important compositions: an early Concertino with a melancholy slow movement and charming waltz finale; the fiendishly difficult Concerto that had a deep influence not only on Liszt’s Piano Sonata but also the Brahms and Sibelius violin concertos; and the late String Quartet, with echoes of Beethoven and Mendelssohn and an inwardness, charm and energy all of its own.

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Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 67:15
1-6 Violin Concerto in F sharp minor, Allegro pathétique, Op. 23 (1846)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Sinfonia da Camera, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
19:38
1 Allegro moderato 3:49 play
2 Solo 8:03 play
3 A tempoDolce 3:00 play
4 Molto cantabile 2:25 play
5 Lento 0:50 play
6 Tempo I 1:31 play
7-9 Violin Concertino in D major, Op. 12 (1837)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Sherban Lupu, violin
Sinfonia da Camera, orchestra
Ian Hobson, conductor
21:02
7 I Allegro moderato 7:38 play
8 II Adagio 6:24 play
9 III Rondo. Allegro moderato 7:00 play
10-13 String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 26 (1862)

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer
Ciompi String Quartet, string quartet

(first recording)
26:35
10 I Allegro non troppo e con grazia 7:00 play
11 II Andante con moto e con molto tenerezza 9:19 play
12 III Allegretto animato e scherzoso 3:03 play
13 IV Finale. Allegro energico 7:13 play

Artists

Lithographic portrait of Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst, composer

Sherban Lupu

Sherban Lupu, violin

Ciompi String Quartet (Eric Pritchard and Hsiao-mei Ku, violins; Jonathan Bagg, viola; Fred Raimi, cello)

Ciompi String Quartet, string quartet

Sinfonia da Camera, orchestra

Ian Hobson

Ian Hobson, conductor

Reviews

Volume four in the Complete Ernst series from Toccata takes on his major work for solo violin and orchestral forces, the Concerto in F sharp minor, composed in 1846 in Leipzig.

...It requires a thoughtful and stylistically aware violinist to chart the course between the lyrical and the more tensely terse and introspective aspects of the concerto. There is surely no-one today so actively involved in Ernst’s music as Sherban Lupu and he navigates these expressive poles with great assurance.

...A competitor disc here is on Naxos 8.557565, in which Ilya Grubert, with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky, performs both the Concerto and Concertino...I prefer Lupu and Ian Hobson.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International January 2014

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