Franz Schubert is known mostly today for his wonderful song cycles, chamber music and symphonies. He composed only a few works for violin and orchestra (Rondo, Concert Piece and Polonaise), but these are all real gems and hold a special place in my heart.
As a bass player during my student years, I got to know these pieces quite well, as they were often played in concerts with a chamber orchestra that I performed with. I feel very lucky that we have had the opportunity to record them with the outstanding violinist Ariadne Daskalakis.
It is not clear for whom Schubert wrote these pieces, perhaps either for himself or his brother Ferdinand. In any case both of them must have been quite proficient violinists, given the level of technical ability that these works demand of the soloist.
Nowadays these pieces are not performed very often, so this recording gives you the chance to hear them whenever you like!
Rondo in A major for violin & strings, D 438
Concerto in D major for violin & orchestra, D 345 (’Konzertstück’)
Polonaise in B flat major for violin & orchestra, D 580
Sonata in G minor for violin & piano, D 408
Fantasy in C major for violin & piano, D 934
Ariadne Daskalakis, violin
Paolo Giacometti, fortepiano
Michael Alexander Willens, Conductor