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The so-called ‘lost generation’ of German composers includes many whose lives were shaped by events after 1933.
One such was Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling, a composer of strong spiritual depth whose 1953 Violin Concerto was rooted in his wartime experiences. Ingeniously constructed, it subtly evokes the influence of Bach, without at all embracing neo-classicism. Its moving slow movement is followed by a finale that marries virtuosity with dance-like magnetism.
The Partita is much admired for its colour and vitality, whilst the Polonaise is a lighter work, brimming with high spirits.
Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling: Polonaise
Reinhard Schwarz-Schilling: Partita
I. Entrata - Allegro (non troppo mosso) - Tempo dell'Introduzione - Allegro
II. Tanz (Danza): Grazioso
III. Canzona: Breit, feierlich (Largo, solenne) - Quasi andante - Tempo I
IV. Etwas breit (Poco largo) - Allegretto grazioso - Allegro - Grave, adagio - Poco allegro - Grazioso - Allegro