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Schwarz-schilling: Violin Concerto, Partita, Polonaise / Troussov, Serebrier


Release Date: 05/29/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572801   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  R. Schwarz-Schilling
Performer:  Kirill Troussov
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The so-called ‘lost generation’ of German composers includes many whose lives were shaped by events after 1933. One such was Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, a composer of strong spiritual depth whose 1953 Violin Concerto was rooted in his wartime experiences. Ingeniously constructed, it subtly evokes the influence of Bach, without at all embracing neo-classicism. Its moving slow movement is followed by a finale that marries virtuosity with dance-like magnetism. The Partita is much admired for its colour and vitality, whilst the Polonaise is a lighter work, brimming with high spirits. The so-called ‘lost generation’ of German composers includes many whose lives were shaped by events after 1933. One such was Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, a composer of strong spiritual depth whose 1953 Violin Concerto was rooted in his wartime experiences. Ingeniously constructed, it subtly evokes the influence of Bach, without at all embracing neo-classicism. Its moving slow movement is followed by a finale that marries virtuosity with dance-like magnetism. The Partita is much admired for its colour and vitality, whilst the Polonaise is a lighter work, brimming with high spirits. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin by R. Schwarz-Schilling
Performer:  Kirill Troussov (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953 
2.
Polonaise by R. Schwarz-Schilling
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936 
3.
Partita by R. Schwarz-Schilling
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1935 

Customer Reviews

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 Modern Approach Well Worth Investigating January 20, 2018 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Twentieth century German composer Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling acquired a substantial reputation in the 1930's, even though his marriage to a Polish Jew placed his personal security at risk under the Nazi regime (he never joined the Nazi Party). His success in avoiding the wrath of Nazi anti-Semitism while continuing to compose high quality works speaks to his obvious personal courage and professional dedication to classical music, and this Naxos CD demonstrates this nicely. Volume 2 of Schwarz-Schilling's orchestral music contains two pre-WW2 works and one from the early 1950's. A short composition, Polonaise for Orchestra (1936), serves as a fine overture on this recording, and may show his regard for the cultural tradition of his Polish wife. This is followed by a large scale orchestral work, Partita, from the mid-1930's. The sweeping topography of this fairly complex and broad score reminded me of a modern 'sinfonia concertante,' with its sophisticated use of various instrumental sections of the orchestra and its constantly shifting tempos and dynamics. I think it is possible to detect Schwarz-Schilling's occasional use of some dissonance and some brief passages where tonality is de-emphasized. Overall, however, the impression which sticks is one of 'controlled, conservatively expressed modernism', which is my way of defining what I heard on first hearing. The result is an impressive 31 minute long orchestral showcase. Dating from 1953, Schwarz-Schilling's Violin Concerto, the final work on this program, must surely be one of the most interesting mid-20th century works for violin and orchestra that I've heard in some time. Russian violinist Kirill Troussov provides a graceful reading of Schwarz-Schilling's intriguing score, which clearly envisions the soloist cooperating with and integrating the violin's message with the orchestra, rather than engaging in tangential pyrotechnics. The musical ideas and messages flow forward continuously, and the apparent lack of a firm classical structure (recurring themes, contrapuntal tension and resolution, etc.) by no means suggests a haphazardly constructed concerto. Far from it! Instead, I think it is more of a highly personal vision that really confronts the listener with a readily engaging and absolutely accessible modern musical highway, which merits traveling. The excellent Staatskapelle Weimar plays this music with real class under Jose' Serebrier's direction, and of course Naxos' sonic qualities are unimpeachable. I found this recording to be interesting and fun to hear, and I hope you will as well. Definitely worth a listen." Report Abuse
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