Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was one of the greatest violin virtuosi of all time. During his own lifetime, his fame was equal to that of Pagagini—his role model. In contrast to Paganini, though, the daemonic was not part of Ernst’s nature; his contemporaries described Ernst as the most gentle and charming personality possible. During the course of his brilliant but relatively short career, Ernst played music with the cream of the crop of the time: Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, and Clara Schumann. In contrast to Paganini, Ernst was an excellent chamber musician. Unforgettable are his concerts as primarius for the London Beethoven Society; together with Joseph Joachim, Henry Wieniawski, and Alfredo Piatti, he played, for the first time after Beethoven’s death, the latter's late quartets. His own solid works go far beyond the purely virtuoso and are full of the spirit of German Romanticism. Still, there are some spectacular pieces among them which carry the violin virtuosity so typical for the times to extremes.
With time, Ernst was almost completely forgotten, not least because of National Socialism. It has only been in the past few years, due to numerous recordings and the publication of a new biography, that Ernst resurfaced on the radar of music lovers and violin enthusiasts.
Jochen Brusch can be rightfully called a connoisseur of this music. Numerous well-known Ernst compositions will be played, such as the Hungarian Airs, the Rondo Papageno, and the legendary fis minor violin concert. As always, Jochen Brusch will moderate the concert in an interesting and at times humorous way.
Clemens Müller on the piano is a guarantor for inspiring musical collaboration. He teaches piano and song interpretation for singers and pianists at the Trossingen Conservatory.
This will surely be another intense musical experience in the series “Portraits of Jewish Violinists”!
Sunday, September 1, 2019, 6pm
Former Rexingen Synagogue
Freudenstädter Straße 16
72160 Horb am Neckar
Entry: 10 Euros, reduced 8 Euros