Sebastian Bohren, Chaarts Chamber Artists – Beethoven, Schumann, Francaix: Equal (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Beethoven, Schumann, Francaix – Equal – Sebastian Bohren, Chaarts Chamber Artists (2016)
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A singular combination of Beethoven’s only violin concerto (most recently recorded for SONY by Lisa Batiashvili in 2007) with Schumann’s “Fantasy For Violin & Orchestra” Op. 131. The Fantasy was lauded at its premiere but today it is rarely seen on concert programs. In a letter dated June 2nd, 1853 and accompanied by a score of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto – the link to our recording -, Joachim requested Schumann to write a Fantasy for the violin. A few months later in September, within a few short days, Schumann had sketched the Fantasy and sent it to Joachim for review. Joachim performed the Fantasy at the Schumann’s home on September 28th and premiered it in Düsseldorf on October 27th with the orchestra under the baton of Schumann himself. The following year, on January 21st, Joachim performed the Fantasy again. On the same program, Schumann’s wife Clara also performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E-flat major. It would be the last time Schumann heard both of them perform.

French composer Jean Françaix (1912-1997) has been an admirer of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s genius. He arranged Mozarts Quintet K. 452 for four woodwind instruments and piano for oboe, horn, clarinet, bassoon and string quintet. This particular version allows all the soloists from CHAARTS, to showcase their individuals skills.

With his sensitive and expressive playing, 27 year old Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren ranks among the most promising talents of his generation. The musician has given solo performances in the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Munich Residenz, the Tonhalle Zurich and the KKL Lucerne. He has played with orchestras such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Zürich, Chamber Aartists, Lucerne Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg State Orchestra. Sebastian Bohren plays a Stradivarius (King George 1710) generously lent to him by the Habisreutinger Foundation.

CHAARTS – an ensemble of excellent chamber musicians and the best principal musicians from renowned Swiss orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Basel or the Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande. CHAARTS perform mainly WITHOUT conductor, which means, that every musician has to be extremely attentive and concentrated when he interacts with the other musicians or with soloists. The result are extraordinary interpretations – both exciting and discreet.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
1 I. Allegro ma non troppo 00:21:54
2 II. Larghetto 00:08:51
3 III. Rondo. Allegro 00:09:15

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
4 Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 131 00:13:39

Jean Françaix (1912-1997), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Nonetto (After Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-Flat Major, K. 452)
5 I. Largo – Allegro 00:09:40
6 II. Larghetto 00:08:27
7 III. Rondo 00:05:44

Sebastian Bohren, violin
Chaarts Chamber Artists