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Wydawnictwo: Hyperion
Nr katalogowy: CDA 67619
Nośnik: 1 CD
Data wydania: marzec 2008
EAN: 34571176192
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Epoka muzyczna: romantyzm
Obszar (język): niemiecki
Instrumenty: skrzypce, fortepian

Ernst: Violin Music

Hyperion - CDA 67619
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Ashley Wass, piano
Nagrody i rekomendacje
Gramophone Editor's Choice
Fantaisie brillante sur la Marche et la Romance d’Otello de G. Rossini Op 11
Sechs mehrstimmige Etüden
Élégie sur la mort d’un objet chéri Op 10
Grand Caprice pour violon seul sur ‘Le Roi des Aulnes’ de F. Schubert Op 26
As virtuoso violinist, the Moravian Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was a legend in his own lifetime. He died before the era of sound-recording, and his personal wizardry and magnetism can only dimly be recaptured in the written testimony of his contemporaries. Yet to a significant extent it lives on in his own works for his instrument: for he was a composer who significantly extended the boundaries and meaning of bravura technique. Unfortunately Ernst has long been the preserve of violin specialists only unjustly, considering his quality as a musical thinker. As a composer Ernst combined the reckless virtuosity of Paganini and Liszt with a sure instinct for musical substance, putting transcendent violin technique at the service of something more than mere display. The brilliant Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts, acclaimed for his technical brilliance and inspired interpretations of a range of repertoire, is the ideal performer of these dazzlingly difficult works. He has made many distinguished recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and BIS; this is his first recording for Hyperion. He is partnered by fellow former BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Wass.


'Ilya Gringolts has the measure of both the virtuosity and the romantic sensibility - his performance of the fantasy is quite outstanding … he plays the lyrical passages with an intense commitment that's reminiscent of Heifetz. His imaginative grasp of the music's expressive character makes for a gripping account of the Elegy … and the unaccompanied items fare just as well … Gringolts' technical command, beautiful intonation and exciting, deep involvement with the music make for a great listening experience' (Gramophone)

'[Ernst] His playing and his compositions astonished and delighted thousands. His transcription of Schubert's Erlkönig, played here with fiery vehemence by the young Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts, is a demonic tour de force worthy of Pagannini himself' (Sunday Times)

'In the right hands, such as those belonging to Ilya Gringolts, it actually achieves a degree of musical viability … What profundity there is comes from the listener's shivering realization that the humanly impossible is being achieved right before his ears, and apparently without effort. Even the formidable Midori, in her Carnegie Hall recital, doesn't make us forget how absurdly difficult this work is, the way that Gringolts does … Gringolts's cantabile playing is as remarkable as his agility. Pianist Ashley Wass … is rock solid and always complementary' (International Record Review)

'No one has come close to equalling the technical prowess and musicality that Gringolts displays here' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Ilya Gringolts meets Ernst's formidable technical challenges with apparent ease, and his playing here is virtually flawless even in the most taxing flights of virtuosity … He also dispatches Ernst's transcription of Schubert's Erlkönig with breathtaking aplomb and close regard for the dark atmosphere and sinister detail of Goethe's poem. Pianist Ashley Wass provides sterling support in the accompanied works, especially in the soulful, recitative-like introduction of the Elegy, in which Gringolts is at his own lyrical and intimately expressive … Violin virtuosity reigns supreme' (The Strad)

'Violinists will marvel at the astonishing ability of Ilya Gringolts in getting his fingers around this music with pianist Ashley Wass' (Liverpool Daily Post)

Recording details: November 2006; Crear Studio, Argyll, Scotland; Produced by Andrew Keener; Engineered by Philip Hobbs; Release date: March 2008;

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