Robert Schumann - Salvatore Sciarrino


Franziska Hölscher

Label: CAvi
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534463
Catalog number: AVI 8553446
Releasedate: 02-08-19

- Franziska Hölscher is a very mature and excellent musician and violinist, superb artist, music manager and festival manager
- Her solo album SEQUENZA follows the “Sequenza” – characteristics in the works of various composer like Biber, Sciarrino, Berio and Schumann
- Franziska Hölscher and Severin von Eckardstein is a famous artistic duo very present in all of central Europe.

Franziska Hölscher on the freedom enjoyed by the composer
and the difficulties faced by the performer Felix Schmidt: It would seem that the works in CD programmes are usually chosen for their popularity; originality and artistic quality are often bypassed to optimize sales. On this CD, however, you have made no concessions to popularity. What were the criteria that led to your selection?

Franziska Hölscher: Regardless of what other people may think, popularity is not a criterion for me. I want to draw listeners’ attention to these works, which, in my opinion, are among the most important compositions of their time. FS: That is a way of popularizing them. FH: I suppose you could put it that way.
In recital programmes I select works to create connections and dialogue among different time periods: we can shed light on contemporary music from the angle of early music, or we can find modern traits in works of the past.

Berio’s Sequenza VIII for Violin was my point of departure. As one of the essential 20th-century works for violin, it occupies a central place in my repertoire, and has been part of my life for many years. Every time I come back to it, the Sequenza reveals new dimensions of sound. We can likewise note a certain tension between contemporary and early music in the works of Berio’s compatriot, Salvatore Sciarrino. His distinct style often explores the boundaries of timbre; Sciarrino’s typical nervousness in fast movements is reminiscent, in turn, of the music of Robert Schumann. And Sciarrino’s figures of rhetoric hark back explicitly to Baroque music. Schumann’s sonata likewise associates Baroque forms – specifically, a chorale – with progressive techniques of composition and means of expression. Thus, the relation between the present and the past is the central theme connecting all the works on this CD. (from the Booklet Notes/Interview)



Violinist Franziska Hölscher is one of the most versatile young musicians on today’s international
music scene. As a soloist, chamber musician, and festival director, she has been invited and often
returns to perform at distinguished venues including the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus in Berlin,
the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels,
and the Rudolfinum in Prague. She makes appearances at the Ansbach Bach Festival, the Schleswig-
Holstein Music Festival, at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, the Kissinger Sommer, the Schubertiade
Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.

Musical collaborations with outstanding colleagues always formed an integral part of her podium
repertoire since the onset of her career. She counts Kit Armstrong, Martin Helmchen, Severin von
Eckardstein, Nils Mönkemeyer, Maximilian Hornung, and Andreas Ottensamer among her chamber
music partners. Hölscher also shared an intensive artistic collaboration with renowned German author
Roger Willemsen, with whom she conceived the stage recital entitled Landschaften (Landscapes),
featuring interrelations between text and music.

Conceiving her recital programmes from start to finish as a dramatic arc, Hölscher combines Baroque,
Classical and Romantic pieces with the music of our times. At the 2018 Movimentos Festival in Wolfsburg
she performed the world premiere of an early work by Wolfgang Rihm, the Concertino for Violin and Strings.
Born in Heidelberg, Franziska Hölscher was trained as a violinist by Ulf Hoelscher, Thomas Brandis, Nora
Chastain, and Reinhard Goebel. In her youth she had already garnered a series of prizes at international

As an ambassador of the Rhapsody in School project initiated by Lars Vogt, Franziska
Hölscher is especially committed to this outreach program offering young people the opportunity
to meet and exchange ideas with concert artists with concert artists. Franziska Hölscher is Artistic
Director of the Klangbrücken chamber music recital series at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In 2018 she
was also named Artistic Director of Mettlach Chamber Music Festival.

Severin von Eckardstein Piano

Born in 1978, Severin von Eckardstein is one of the leading German pianists of his generation. The winner
of the First Prize at the Grand Prix International Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (2003) has an already lengthy
record of solo recitals and concerto performances on major stages around the world performing
with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Lothar Zagrosek, and Marek Janowski.
He studied with Barbara Szczepanska, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and Klaus Hellwig, and also took
private lessons from Alfred Brendel.

Severin von Eckardstein collaborates with a number of outstanding
chamber music partners including Nicolas Altstaedt, Igor Levit, and Franziska Hölscher.
With Franziska Hölscher he shares the artistic direction of Klangbrücken, a chamber music series
initiated in Berlin (Konzerthaus).

His CDs featuring works by Schumann, Schubert, Medtner, Wagner, Debussy, and Dupont have received
multiple awards. In 2003 he was the recipient of the renowned German ECHO KLASSIK Prize.