Romance, Op.7 for Violin & Piano
Tchaikovsky called Ferdinand Laub (1832-1875) the finest violinist of his time. Laub was born in Prague and studied at the Prague Conservatory with several teachers there including Friedrich Wilhelm Pixis. He concertized all over Europe and was widely acclaimed. He held posts as a professor of violin in Vienna, Berlin and finally at the Moscow Conservatory.
The Romance is a lovely piece with a warm main theme and a fine contrasting, dramatic middle section. It is certainly a worthy recital piece.