HEINRICH WILHELM ERNST (1812-1865): Complete Music, Vol. 4 - Violin Concerto in F Sharp Minor, Op. 23 "Allegro pathétique", Concertino for Violin and Orchestra in D, Op. 12, String Quartet in B Flat, Op. 26 (Ciompi String Quartet).
Catalogue Number: 11P034
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0189
Description: This ongoing series suddenly veers into orchestral repertoire with the innovative and influential Allegro pathétique of 1846 (see the notes for its possible influences on the form of Liszt's piano sonata), whose dark, unsettled and intense atmosphere are miles away from the typical violin-and-orchestra compositions of the time. Like, for instance, the earlier Concertino of 1837 (don't be fooled by the title; it's 21 minutes long), written very much under the influence of Paganini, with whom Ernst had had several "competition" concerts in the preceding six years. The quartet dates from Ernst's retirement years (1862), an emotional, intricate piece which is influenced by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven. Sherban Lupu (violin), Sinfonia da Camera; Ian Hobson.