Eduard Hanslick, the redoubtable critic of
his time, found few propitious words to say
at the occasion of the world premiere of
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. According to him,
the violin was no longer being played but „tousled,
fleeced and beaten up“. Fortunately, he was
nonetheless unable to hinder the triumphal march
of Tchaikovsky’s only violin concerto.
Antonín Dvorák composed his Romance for
Violin and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 11, sometime
between September 1873 and early December
1877. The work received its premiere on 9 December
1877 in Prague. It was dedicated to the
Czech virtuoso violinist František Ondrícek, „his
dear friend“, himself also a composer and the soloist at the premiere of Dvorák’s Violin Concerto
several years later.
OehmsClassics is delighted to be again
releasing a CD with the exceptional Austrian
violin virtuoso Benjamin Schmid after a long
pause. Schmid is celebrating his 50th birthday
this year – in honour of this occasion, the label
will be issuing a set of 20 CDs comprising all of
his OehmsClassics recordings. The release is
planned for September.