Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst

Biography

Born: May 6, 1814; Brno, Czech Republic   Died: October 8, 1865; Nice, France  
Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was one of the few musicians from the first half of the 19th century to have challenged the supremacy of Paganini as the leading violinist of the time. Violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim considered him the greatest violinist ever. As a composer, Ernst is a somewhat less important figure, though he did write several popular works for violin, including his Op. 10 Elegie.

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst was born in Brno, Moravia,
Read more in 1814. He was a child prodigy of rare talent, giving his debut concert at age nine. At eleven, he was accepted in the Vienna Conservatory, where he studied violin with Joseph Böhm and composition with Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried.

Paganini's concert appearances in Vienna in 1828 had a powerful impact on the young Ernst, who decided he would emulate the great master. He made his official concert debut in Paris in 1831, but apparently decided he was not quite ready to launch his career. Ernst spent the next three years at study, but by the mid-1830s he was establishing his name as one of the foremost violinists in Europe.

Perhaps the most important of his concert appearances from the 1830s came in Marseilles in 1837, when he performed with great success with Paganini. Ernst was also turning out some worthwhile compositions at the time, including the Elegie, Op. 10 (1840) and the Fantasie brilliante, Op. 11 (1839).

In 1843, Ernst traveled to London for the first time where he created a sensation, some critics there declaring he had no peers among living violinists. He scored nearly the same kind of success on subsequent concert tours in Europe and Russia. Ernst's Concerto Pathetique (1850) became one of his better known works with the public.

In 1855 Ernst settled in London where he continued to perform regularly until the early-1860s, when illness forced him to withdraw from all concert activity. His last important work was the Six Polyphonic Studies, published in 1865, the year of his death. Read less
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    Virtuoso Violin Works
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 13539 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pancho Vladiguerov,  Niccolò Paganini,  Fritz Kreisler,  Eugène Ysaÿe  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Jackson,  Elina Rubio
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    Henirch Wilhelm Ernst: Complete Music, Vol. 4
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Ernst Toch
    Performer:  Sherban Lupu
    Conductor:  Ian Hobson
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    Ernst: Erlkonig, Le Carnaval De Venise, Polyphonic Studies / Spacek, Back
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572575 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Stephen Heller
    Performer:  Josef Spacek,  Gordon Back
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    Ernst: Complete Music Vol 3 / Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 163 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    Performer:  Sherban Lupu,  Ian Hobson
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    Time Transcending / Daniel Dodds
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Rochberg,  Luciano Berio,  Thüring Bräm,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Dodds
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    Ernst: Complete Music For Violin & Piano, Vol. 1
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    Performer:  Ian Hobson,  Sherban Lupu
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    Ernst: Complete Music For Violin And Piano  Vol 2 / Sherban Lupu, Ian Hobson
    Label: Toccata Classics   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    Performer:  Sherban Lupu,  Ian Hobson
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    Solo - Ning Feng
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 31210 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nathan Milstein,  Francisco Tarrega,  Luciano Berio,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Ning Feng,  Ning Feng
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  • 9.
    Opera Fantasies
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3384 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Waxman,  Igor Frolov  ... 
    Performer:  Andrey Shibko,  Haik Kazazyan
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    The Great Violinists Vol 24 - Arnold Rosé
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1371 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  David Popper,  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Rosé,  Alma Rosé
    Conductor:  Alfred Rose
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra
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    Virtuoso Violin -wieniawski, Paganini, Ernst, Saraste / Lidia Kovalenko, Igor Uryash
    Label: Northern Flowers   Catalog: 9956 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Lidiya Kovalenko,  Igor Uryash
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    Shannon Lee - Debussy, Elgar, Brahms, Scriabin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80695 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Fritz Kreisler,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Mia Paul,  Shannon Lee
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    Naxos 20th Anniversary Concert - Virtuoso Music Of The 19th Century
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110227 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Hadulla,  Tianwa Yang,  Wolf Harden,  Konstantin Scherbakov  ... 
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    Ernst: Elegy, Etc / Ilya Gringolts, Ashley Wass
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67619 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    Performer:  Ilya Gringolts,  Ashley Wass
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    A Paganini - Virtuoso Music For Violin / Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415484 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Nathan Milstein,  George Rochberg,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
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    Midori Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4158 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert McDonald,  Midori
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    Ernst: Concerto Pathétique, Concertino / Grubert, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557565 Release Date: 12/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
    Performer:  Ilya Grubert
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Vadim Repin - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63263 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Boris Berezovsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Ralf Gothóni  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra
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    The Art Of Yulian Sitkovetsky Vol Iv
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Karol Jozef Lipinski,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Antonio Bazzini
    Performer:  Julian Sitkovetsky,  Bella Davidovich
    Conductor:  Mark Pavermann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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    Music For Fanny Hünerwadel  / Howard, Edgar-wilson, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7293 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Carl Eschmann,  Wilhelm Baumgartner,  Fanny Hünerwadel,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Kathron Sturrock,  Richard Edgar-Wilson,  Yvonne Howard,  Ileana Ruhemann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fibonacci Sequence
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    Arnold Rosé - First Violin Of Vienna / Rosé Quartet, Vpo
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 148 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Cherubini,  Henri Wieniawski,  Achille Simonetti,  Karl Goldmark  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Rosé
    Conductor:  Arnold Rosé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosé String Quartet,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Art Of Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3611 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz von Vecsey,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgio Ricci,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Louis Persinger
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Louis de Froment,  Matthias Kuntsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
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    Violin Recital [special Release]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 779185 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Fritz Kreisler,  Giovanni Battista Vitali,  Franz Von Vecsey  ... 
    Performer:  Ryu Goto
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    Paganini, Et Al: Music For Violin And Piano / Hossen
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Ludmil Petkov,  Mario Hossen
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  • 25.
    The Great Violinists - Recordings From 1900-1913
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1323 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Alfredo D'Ambrosio,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Camille DeCreus,  Karol Gregorowicz,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
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