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Dip Your Ears, No. 152 (A Schwarz-Schilling Concerto)

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R.Schwarz-Schilling, Violin Concerto, Partita, Polonaise,
K.Troussov / J.Serebrier / Staatskapelle Weimar

Determined Quality

Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling is one of the many secondary victims of the Third Reich and subsequent shift in musical ideology—roughly along the lines of Walter Braunfels, Wolfgang Fortner, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann. The post-war environment wasn’t without opportunities—conductors Celibidache, Jochum, and Keilberth repeatedly performed Schwarz-Schilling—but for all their beauty and craft, his works wouldn’t enter the repertoire. The expansive orchestral Partita channels Bach through Schwarz-Schilling’s post-romantic vernacular; for the implacable Violin Concerto the tone darkens to a more rigorous beauty. The indefatigable José Serebrier leads a sumptuous sounding Staatskapelle Weimar; soloist Kirill Troussov persuades with determination of his and Schwarz-Schilling’s qualities.

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