Carolin Widmann / Alexander Lonquich | Franz Schubert - Fantasie in C-Dur / Rondo h-Moll / Sonate A-Dur | ECM New Series 2223



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Carolin Widmann / Alexander Lonquich | Franz Schubert - Fantasie in C-Dur / Rondo h-Moll / Sonate A-Dur | ECM New Series 2223
ECM New Series 2223January 2012

Carolin Widmann: violin
Alexander Lonquich: piano

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.”