Recorded on 04/30/2009, uploaded on 12/07/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
In his remarkably numerous output, Franz Schubert
suprisingly wrote no concertos for solo instrument and orchestra. However, he
did leave two remarkable concertante pieces for violin—the Konzertstuck
for Violin and Orchestra (D. 345), and the Rondo in A major for Violin and
String Orchestra (D. 438). The latter is undoubtedly Schubert's lone gem for
the solo violin.
A broad sonata-rondo, the piece is prefaced by an extended Adagio
introduction. Compared to other slow introductions throughout Schubert's oeuvre,
this one is relatively tame in its use of modulation. Much of it remains firmly
rooted around the tonic key of A major. However, a five bar passage in B-flat
major eventually leads to one of Schubert's almost miraculous modulations in
returning to the tonic key.
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