This CD, Sergiu
Schwartz’s third for Roméo Records (#7220
- Poeme Mystique
- The Heart of the Violin
), is truly a treasure trove of romantic
pieces for violin and piano. The major work here, a passionate account
of Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata, is joined by Dvorak’s
4 Romantic Pieces, and Camille Saint-Saens’ Violin Sonata No. 1.
The disc is filled out by two rarely heard transcriptions of piano compositions
by Debussy, one piece transcribed by Jascha Heifetz, the other by early
20th century violin virtuoso Arthur Hartmann who enjoyed a friendship
with Claude Debussy. Sergiu Schwartz’s superb virtuosity is joined
to a musicality that invests every work with that special spark that distinguishes
any truly great performance.