Violinist Linus Roth began studying music early in childhood, and became a student of Nicolas Chumachenco at the Music Academy of Freiburg at the age of 12. He pursued music studies in Lübeck, where he studied with Zakhar Bron, and later worked with Ana Chumachenco in Zürich and Munich. Roth was strongly influenced by Salvatore Accardo, Miriam Fried, and Josef Rissin, and a scholarship from Anne-Sophie Mutter's foundation enabled him to complete his education. Roth has performed as a concerto soloist with the Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra della Toscana, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He has also performed with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, among several others. He has played chamber music with many artists, including Nicolas Altstaedt, Julius Berger, Gautier Capuçon, Kim Kashkashian, Albrecht Mayer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Jan Vogler, and frequent accompanist José Gallardo. Roth is the professor of violin at the Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum of the University of Augsburg. He has recorded for Challenge Classics, CPO, and EMI Classics.
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Classical - Released May 29, 2009 | Challenge Classics
The two violin sonatas of Robert Schumann both stem from 1851, late in the composer's life and amidst a time of personal and psychological turmoil. Like other works of this period, the violin sonatas are filled with poignant emotions: angst, longing, melancholy. Despite their depth and profundity, relatively few violinists have made recordings of the works, and they appear on recital programs far less frequently than sonatas by Schumann's contemporaries. This Challenge Classics album features violinist Linus Roth and pianist José Gallardo; though both young musicians, the duo had been playing together for nearly a decade by the time of this recording. The proof of such a long-standing collaboration is immediately clear; the dialogue between violin and piano, an intrinsically important feature in Schumann's sonatas, is entirely natural and seamless. Balance between the instruments is marvelous, fluidly allowing the melody to rise to the surface regardless of instrument or register. Roth's playing is deeply satisfying, with a rich, warm tone in the lower registers and a clear, crisp, but not-too-bright sound high on the E string. The breadth of emotions written into the score is effortlessly translated by Roth and Gallardo, from the mesmerizingly simple beauty of Second Sonata's third movement to the fiery menacing of the First Sonata Finale. The disc also includes three Schumann songs, tastefully transcribed by Roth and Gallardo, and a fourth arranged by Joseph Joachim. As in the sonatas, the songs showcase the abundant technical gifts and musical insight that Roth and Gallardo have to offer. © TiVo