Wolfgang Schneiderhan

Biography

Born: May 28, 1915; Vienna, Austria   Died: May 18, 2002; Vienna, Austria  
Austrian violinist and sometime conductor Wolfgang Schneiderhan (born 1915) is a highly versatile artist, just as much at home in the music of Hans Werner Henze as he is in Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, even if he is best known for his playing of the last-named group of composers. Never a major European star, he was nevertheless active in every aspect of Austria's music scene and was widely admired for the depth of his interpretive abilities. Read more He was married for 40 years to the legendary German soprano Irmgard Seefried.

Born in Vienna, Schneiderhan was taught violin by his mother from age 3 and gave his first concert at 5. In 1926 in Copenhagen he played Mendelssohn's violin concerto, and he subsequently toured Europe, hailed as a prodigy. But the fast-money life of a touring virtuoso demoralized the young violinist, and he turned his career in a new direction: with the help of a recommendation from an aristocratic patroness, he became, at 17, concertmaster of the new Vienna Symphony. Four years later he moved on to the same post with the Vienna Philharmonic, where he served under the great conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Hans Knappertsbusch. That year he also formed the Schneiderhan Quartett. In the 1940s he performed duo sonatas with Wilhelm Backhaus and other top-rank soloists, and he formed a trio with pianist Edwin Fischer and cellist Enrico Mainardi in 1948. He married Seefried that year and often performed with her as well.

Schneiderhan's solo career took off once again when he resigned his Philharmonic concertmaster post in 1949, at age 34. For many years he ruled the roost among Deutsche Grammophon's stable of violin soloists, At first he was identified with the core Viennese Classical repertoire, but he later became interested in contemporary music and explored the works of Henze, Stravinsky, and other composers. He co-founded the Lucerne Festival Strings in 1956 and also taught at the Lucerne Music Academy. In the 1970s Schneiderhan undertook yet another new career: after studying with Hans Swarowsky, he became active as a conductor. In 1975 he led a performance of Franz Schmidt's Notre Dame at the Vienna Volksoper. Much in demand as a teacher in his later years, Schneiderhan continued to live in Vienna. Read less

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Born: May 28, 1915; Vienna, Austria   Died: May 18, 2002; Vienna, Austria  
Austrian violinist and sometime conductor Wolfgang Schneiderhan (born 1915) is a highly versatile artist, just as much at home in the music of Hans Werner Henze as he is in Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, even if he is best known for his playing of the last-named group of composers. Never a major European star, he was nevertheless active in every aspect of Austria's music scene and was widely admired for the depth of his interpretive abilities. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. -
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
1. Largamente, rubato - Allegro molto
2. Vivacissimo (tempo 1) - Alla marcia (tempo 2)
3. Andante con moto
4. Allegro molto vivace
1. Vivace ma non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Allegro molto moderato
1. Allegro amabile
2. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di piů - Andante vivace
3. Allegretto grazioso (Quasi andante)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
4. Presto agitato
1. Allegro con brio
2. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Adagio con molt' espressione
3. Rondo (Allegro molto)
1. Presto
2. Andante scherzoso, piů allegretto
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro assai
2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
3. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
2. Andante con variazioni
3. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Poco allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Largo -
3. Rondo alla Polacca
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I
1. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
2. Largo
3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
3. Allegro (Danza pastorale)
1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
1. Allegro non molto - Allegro
2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
2. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
3. Presto (Tempo impetuoso d'estate)
1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
1. Allegro (Ballo, e canto de' villanelli)
2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
2. Adagio molto (Ubriachi dormienti)
3. Allegro (La caccia)
3. Allegro (La caccia)
1. Allegro non molto
1. Allegro non molto
2. Largo
2. Largo
3. Allegro
3. Allegro
Allegro-Adagio spiccato e tutti-Allegro
Largo e Spiccato
Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Grave
3. Presto
1. (Allegro moderato)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Vivace
2. Largo ma non tanto
3. Allegro
1. Allemande
2. Corrente
3. Sarabande
4. Giga
5. Ciaccona
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto -
3. Allegro
1. Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto
2. Adagio
3. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
1. Allegro molto appassionato
2. Andante
3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
2. Adagio
3. Finale (Allegro energico)
1. Allegro
2. Andante cantabile
3. Rondeau. Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco piů presto
1. Allegro tranquilo
2. Andante molto moderato
3. Presto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Toccata
2. Aria I
3. Aria II
4. Capriccio
1. Allegro con brio
2. Tema con variazioni (Andante con moto)
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Adagio con molt' espressione
3. Rondo (Allegro molto)
1. Allegro assai
2. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
3. Allegro vivace
1. Presto
2. Andante scherzoso, piů allegretto
3. Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio molto espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
4. Rondo (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
2. Andante con variazioni
3. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto con variazioni
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro)
4. Poco allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Vivace ma non troppo
1. Allegro
2. Andante cantabile
3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro
1. Allegro aperto
2. Adagio
3. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
1. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Larghetto
3. Rondo. Allegro


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