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Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1814-'65): Fantaisie Brillante - The Virtuoso Violin / Thomas Christian, violin; Thomas Christian Ensemble

Audio Samples

  1. Fantaisie brillante sur la marche et la romance d’Otello de Rossini, Op. 11
  2. 2 Morceaux de salon, Op. 13: No. 2, Rondino grazioso $0.99 on iTunes
  3. 2 Morceaux de salon, Op. 13: No. 1, Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  4. La romanesca $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Élégie, Op. 10
  6. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 26: I. Allegro non troppo e con grazia $0.99 on iTunes
  7. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 26: II. Andante con moto e con molto tenerezza $0.99 on iTunes
  8. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 26: III. Allegretto animato e scherzoso $0.99 on iTunes
  9. String Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 26: IV. Finale. Allegro energico $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Nocturnes for Violin & Piano, Op. 8: No. 1 in A Major $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Nocturnes for Violin & Piano, Op. 8: No. 2 in E Major $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 1, Passé $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 2, Souvenir $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 3, Romance $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 4, Lied $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 5, Agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 6, Abschied $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 7, Rêverie $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 8, Un caprice $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 9, Juquiétude $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 11, Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 12, Thème original de H.W. Ernst - $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 12, Variation - $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Pensées fugitives, Op. 30: No. 12, Presto capriccioso $0.99 on iTunes
  25. 3 Morceaux de salon, Op. 25: No. 1, Allegretto con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  26. 3 Morceaux de salon, Op. 25: No. 2, Notturno $0.99 on iTunes
  27. 3 Morceaux de salon, Op. 25: No. 3, Allegro molto moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  28. 2 Romances, Op. 15: No. 1, Allegretto molto cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  29. 2 Romances, Op. 15: No. 2, Agitato ma non allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Tema $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Var. 1 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Var. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Var. 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Souvenir du Pré aux clercs: Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Rêverie in F-Sharp Minor $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

As an artist of the romantic era, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst comes across to the listener as an independent and profound musician maintaining a thoroughgoing occupation with harmony and counterpoint. The present double CD brings together not only Ernst's original compositions for violin and piano and the First String Quartet but also arrangements of his works prepared by two artists heard on this recording: Thomas Christian and Hans Winking, and concludes with Wieniawski's 'Reverie', dedicated to his friend and quartet colleague Ernst in memory of their joint performances.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
Sweet of tone and with an almost Heifetzian intensity when needed, Christian is formidably au fait with Ernst's unique voice, leading performances of unobtrusive refinement that present this and the other works here in an ideal light and recorded sound.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The great surprise is the String Quartet. It is a very serious work. Reading the booklet, I learned that Ernst was one of the earliest champions of Beethoven's late quartets, which were considered the works of a madman by nearly all musicians until the late 19th Century. Thomas Christian is a more than adequate violinist for Ernst's exhibitionist and serious works. He studied with Theodore Pashkus in New York and Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles, but he retains that relaxed, sweet Austrian style. He is the perfect interpreter for this music and draws a sweet, unforced, very even tone from his instrument. I'd like to hear more from him.



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