Ernst: Elegy; Othello Fantasy; 6 Studies for Solo Violin

Ernst: Elegy; Othello Fantasy; 6 Studies for Solo Violin

by Ilya Gringolts
     
 
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was nothing more than a stupendously talented violinist and a staggeringly inventive transcriber of other composers' music. And as this 2008 Hyperion recording by violinist Ilya Gringolts shows, that is more than enough to sustain his career during his lifetime and just enough to maintain his reputation after his death. The program here features

Overview

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was nothing more than a stupendously talented violinist and a staggeringly inventive transcriber of other composers' music. And as this 2008 Hyperion recording by violinist Ilya Gringolts shows, that is more than enough to sustain his career during his lifetime and just enough to maintain his reputation after his death. The program here features Ernst's three greatest hits -- his jaw-dropping "Variations on The Last Rose of Summer," his eye-popping "Grand Caprice" on Schubert's "Erlkönig," and his death-defying "Fantasie brilliant" on themes from Rossini's "Otello" -- plus his lesser known though no less impressive "Élégie sur la mort d'un object chéri." Gringolts has the strength, sensitivity, lucidity, and above all the virtuosity to handle Ernst's staggeringly difficult music. Double stops, triple stops, multiple lines, right-hand arpeggios, left-hand pizzicatos, harmonics: whatever Ernst's music wants, the young Russian violinist supplies it in full measure. Ashley Wass, who had heretofore provided Naxos with a plethora of brilliantly played performances of English piano music, proves a finely balanced and wholly supportive accompanist for Gringolts in the "Élégie" and "Otello" "Fantasie." But to get a real taste of what Ernst and Gringolts are about, skip ahead to the final track, the "Erlkönig" Caprice. If Gringolts' stunning performance of its maniacal moto perpetua amazes and astonishes, the rest of the disc will appeal, too. Hyperion's digital sound is clear and clean, but perhaps understandably it focuses closely on the violin and not quite enough on the piano.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571176192
catalogNumber:
67619

Tracks

  1. Fantasie Brilliante on a Theme from Rossini's "Otello" for violin & orchestra, Op 11  - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Ilya Gringolts  - Ashley Wass
  2. Polyphonic Studies (6) for violin solo  - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Ilya Gringolts
  3. Elegie in C minor, song for violin & piano, Op 10/3  - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Ilya Gringolts  - Ashley Wass
  4. Erlkönig, caprice for solo violin after Franz Schubert, Op 26  - Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst  - Simon Perry  - Michael Spring  - Ilya Gringolts

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