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Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D934 [25.11]
Rondo brillant in B minor, D895 (Op. 70) [15.07]
Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574 [21.59]
Carolin Widmann (violin); Alexander Lonquich (piano)
rec. October 2010, Historicher Reistadel, Neumarkt.
ECM 2223 (4764546) [53.21]

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While Schubert mastered the solo piano and the string quartet, as well as the human voice, it always seems to me that he wasn't entirely comfortable with the violin. Sure, there are his two great string trios, but there are only a handful of works for violin and piano. Listening to the three works on this disc, one senses how Schubert provides the piano with the most interesting music, and how the violin tries to nudge into the score at times. The violin's part can be so simple as to be somewhat boring. I say that as an inveterate Schubertian. Listen to parts of the first movement of the Violin Sonata in A, or the beginning of the Fantasia in C, and you can wonder if there isn't a missing cello part that would turn this work into a trio. 
It's not that these works don't contain the essence of Schubert's melodies - the long third movement of the Fantasia in C for Violin and Piano, the first work on this disc, is a reworking of Schubert's song Sei mir gegrüsst, and the overall structure of the work is similar to that of the Wanderer Fantasy.
It's no surprise that violinists have not flocked to these works, which, to this listener, are far from Schubert's best; and he composed so much, that there is a wide range of other music to choose from when one wants to get a dose of Schubert.
The recording itself is somewhat odd. There is an attractive resonance, but at times the violin is simply overwhelmed by the piano; in the opening movement of the Fantasia in C, there are sections where it sounds like the violin is far behind the piano. It's almost as if the violinist, Carolin Widmann, tries to hide behind the piano's sound, because the violin's parts are, at times, relatively simple. When it does get more complex, with some fast runs in the Fantasy in C, the violin can seem muddy and distant. Yet taken individually, each instrument is very well recorded; aside from the position of the piano and it’s rich and meaty. The violin can be incisive or smooth, though there is a hint of roughness. Comparing it to another recent recording of the same works - that by Julia Fischer and Martin Helmchen - the sound of the latter is much more homogenous, and the balance between the instruments much better.
This said, even Schubert's lesser works are great music, and while these pale in comparison to the best chamber works - the string trios, the late string quartets, and the transcendent quintet for strings - they are still excellent with an hour of fine listening. This disc wouldn't be my first choice for these specific works - the two recent discs by Fischer and Helmchen are, with the exception of the piano duet contain, excellent. But both violinist and pianist seem deeply committed, and they do the best they can to make the music come alive.  

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