Franz Schubert – Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur – Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Franz Schubert – Fantasie D-Dur, Rondo h-Moll, Sonate A-Dur – Carolin Widmann, Alexander Lonquich (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 01:01:56 minutes | 565 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: October 2010, Historischer Reitstadel, Neumarkt

Carolin Widmann, who received praise and awards both for her accounts of Schumann’s violin sonatas and for the recital disc “Phantasy of Spring” (with music of Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg and Xenakis) now applies her acute interpretive sensibilities to Franz Schubert. Widmann and Alexander Lonquich (whose own New Series disc with music of Schumann and Holliger was also a critical success) play the C-Major Fantasy of 1827 and the Violin Sonata in A-Major of 1817, as well as the B-minor Rondo of 1826 (the only one of these works published in Schubert’s lifetime). This is duo playing at a very high level, as Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich emphasizes in the liner notes: “Not once does Carolin Widmann and Alexander Lonquich’s intelligent and empathetic reading devolve into the trivial state of music for a domineering violin with piano accompaniment. Instead we are treated to a magically iridescent poem of changing colours, melodies and counterpoints.”

German violinist Carolin Widmann has specialized mostly in contemporary repertory, and her approach to Schubert bears the marks of that specialty: her playing here is spiky, given to emphasis on small structural details, full of sharp contrasts without being especially high in sentiment. You might or might not like it as a general rule, but here it fulfills her purpose and that of pianist Alexander Lonquich. Schubert’s comparatively sparse output for violin and piano has never gotten its due, and Widmann’s reading here compels the listener to take the music seriously. Schubert’s late piano sonatas, last symphony, and late choral music are so heavily programmed that it may come as a surprise to learn of other works of the period that are equal to these in quality, yet are not often heard. That’s exactly what you get with the Fantasie for violin and piano in C major, D. 934, and the Rondo for violin and piano in B minor, D. 895. The Fantasie is a close cousin to the Wanderer Fantasie for piano, but is not structured exactly like it; it has semi-independent movements, with a reprise of its haunting opening material following one of Schubert’s great long slow movements. The rondo, despite its neutral title, is a work of great emotional profundity. The Violin Sonata in A major, D. 574, a fine essay in Beethovenian style (which not too many composers, let alone one 20 years old, could execute convincingly in 1817), rounds out the program satisfyingly. With the usual superb production from ECM label head Manfred Eicher, this is a must for any serious Schubert collection. –AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Fantasie C-Dur Op.posth. 195 / D 934
1. Andante Molto 3:35
2. Allegretto 5:33
3. Andantino 10:20
4. Tempo I 1:14
5. Allegro vivace – Allegretto – Presto 4:29
Rondo H-Moll Op. 70 / D 895
6. Andante 3:27
7. Allegro 11:41
Sonate A-Dur Op.posth. 162 / D 574
8. Allegro moderato 9:20
9. Scherzo 3:56
10. Andantino 3:46
11. Allegro vivace 4:57

Carolin Widmann, violin
Alexander Lonquich, piano