Gernsheim: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & Fantasiest
ROTH HAMBURGER SYMPHONIKER ZURL, LINUS ROTH
The rediscovery of the works of German composer Friedrich Gernsheim continues with this collection, the third from CPO focusing on his considerable output which spotlights his violin concertos featuring the noted chamber violinist Linus Roth with the Hamburg Symphony conducted by Johannes Zurl. Gersheim’s long life improbably encompassed meeting Liszt, Brahms and Saint-Saëns and extended into World War I when he spent the last years of his life in Berlin. Due to his Jewish ancestry, Gernsheim’s music was effectively banned and removed from German music libraries during WWII further burying legacy, a slight that is being slowly corrected with releases such as this. Gernsheim’s unique contribution is the sustained beauty and expressiveness of his melodies, informed by the Brahms and Schumann influences yet wholly his own.