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Phantasy of Spring - Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg, Xenaki

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Phantasy of Spring - Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg, Xenaki
Phantasy of Spring - Feldman, Zimmermann, Schoenberg, Xenaki


The young German violinist, Carolin Widmann, resident in Britain, follows up her romantic Schumann debut on ECM (nominated for a 2009 Gramophone Award this month) with 'Phantasy of Spring', a very different recording of four uncompromising 20th century pieces - performances of which she has a deserved international reputation.

While she made her critically-acclaimed ECM debut last autumn with a thought-provoking account of Schumann's three violin sonatas, Carolin Widmann's reputation as a pioneering interpreter of contemporary music is spreading continuously. Teaming up with English pianist Simon Lepper she now presents a most varied spectrum of 20th century violin literature. By exploring the acoustic and expressive conflicts between the stringed instrument and the well-tempered keyboard, all four pieces are preoccupied with duo constellations beyond the traditional role models. Uncompromising and fiery renderings make for adventurous listening throughout.

Carolin Widmann (sister of German composer Jorg Widmann) gave the world premieres of no fewer than five violin concertos last year, including that of John Woolrich which she reprises with the Northern Sinfonia next April. She made her BBC Proms debut last year performing the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under George Benjamin, and this autumn makes her Wigmore Hall recital debut with Dénes Várjon playing the Schumann sonatas. Simon Lepper is especially known for his work accompanying singers, among them Bryn Terfel, Angelika Kirchschlager, Mark Padmore, Felicity Palmer, Kate Royal and Joan Rodgers. He is an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Song Prize and the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition.

Personnel: Carolin Widmann (violin), Simon Lepper (piano)


  1. Name
  2. Morton Feldman: Spring of Chosroes (1978)
  3. Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Sonate fur Violine und Klavier (1950), I. Sonata
  4. II. Fantasia
  5. III. Rondo
  6. Arnold Schoenberg: Phantasy for Violin with Piano accompaniment, op. 47 (1949)
  7. Xenakis: Dikhthas (1979)
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