Heinrich Wilhelm (1812-1865): Ernst: Erlkönig; Le Carnaval de Venise; Polyphonic Studies / Josef Spacek, violin; Gordon Back, piano

Album Summary

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Grand Caprice for solo Violin on Schubert's "Erlkönig", Op. 26
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Variations brillantes sur un theme de Rossini, for violin & piano, Op. 4
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Polyphonic Studies (6) for violin solo
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Feuillet d'album, for violin & piano
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Elégie for Violin in C minor, Op. 10 "Sur la mort d'un objet chéri"
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Trio for solo violin
>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Variations on "Carnaval de Venice" for violin & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

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 rôle 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.

American Record Guide, 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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010).



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Works Details

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Grand Caprice for solo Violin on Schubert's "Erlkönig", Op. 26
  • Performer: Jozef Spacek (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Variations brillantes sur un thème de Rossini, for violin & piano, Op. 4
  • Performers: Jozef Spacek (Violin); Gordon Back (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Polyphonic Studies (6) for violin solo
  • Performer: Jozef Spacek (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Feuillet d'album, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Jozef Spacek (Violin); Gordon Back (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Elégie for Violin in C minor, Op. 10 "Sur la mort d'un objet chéri"
  • Performers: Jozef Spacek (Violin); Gordon Back (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Trio for solo violin
  • Performer: Jozef Spacek (Violin)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Ernst, Heinrich Wilhelm : Variations on "Carnaval de Venice" for violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Jozef Spacek (Violin); Gordon Back (Piano)
  • Notes: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK (03/17/2010-03/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic