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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Valse-Scherzo, Serenade Melancolique, Souvenir [Import]

James Ehnes , Sydney Symphony Orchestra , Vladimir Ashkenazy , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Audio CD
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James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, at age nine he became a protege of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his ... Read more in Amazon's James Ehnes Store

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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Valse-Scherzo, Serenade Melancolique, Souvenir + Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64, Octet in E flat Op. 20 + Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin
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  • Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (January 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ONYX CLASSICS
  • ASIN: B005X0NRXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Allegro moderato (Violin Concerto in D op. 35)
2. II Canzonetta: Andante
3. III Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
4. Serenade melancolique op. 26
5. Valse-scherzo for violin and orchestra in C op. 34
6. I Meditation (Souvenir d'un lieu cher op. 42)
7. II Scherzo
8. III Melodie

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Effusively lyrical, hair-raisingly virtuosic. --The Guardian

Ehnes plays with a light, firm, flowing touch, making this realization both lyrical and eloquent, an irresistible combination... Ehnes demonstrates all his virtuosity... a scintillating and highly rewarding performance. --Gramophone

Ehnes plays with a light, firm, flowing touch, making this realization both lyrical and eloquent, an irresistible combination... Ehnes demonstrates all his virtuosity... a scintillating and highly rewarding performance. --Classical Candor

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As a follow-up to his acclaimed recording of Mendelssohn s Violin Concerto, James Ehnes once again collaborates with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony for an all-Tchaikovsky program, recorded live in Sydney. The disc contains the composer s complete works for violin and orchestra, from the beloved Violin Concerto to the less frequently heard Valse-Scherzo. It also includes a delightful bonus the Souvenir d un lieu cher with Ashkenazy at the piano. This is a must-have disc for all lovers of violin music. Ehnes is a major talent who is finally getting his well-deserved time in the spotlight.

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James Ehnes, now 36, shares a surprising birthplace with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony - both were born in Manitoba. This may not be as surprising as if Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninov came from North Dakota, but I'm impressed. Ehnes is a graceful, very agreeable violinist who has benefited, so far as I can tell, from Commonwealth pride; he is traversing the standard concerto repertoire in a series of releases that more famous virtuosos on the international circuit would envy, and each has been greeted by the Gramophone with unstinting praise. I just can't figure out why.

For any non-Russian violinist to make headway in their career is a feat right now, but Ehnes isn't charismatic or powerful; he's a good musician with accomplished technique yet very little fire. Halfway through the first movement of the Tchaikovsky concerto, where everything unfolds according to plan, my attention wasn't wandering, which is a good sign, and this CD certainly has excellent sound, which brings forward Ehnes's smooth, sweet tone. Ashkenazy holds up his end as conductor; I don't think anyone ever accomplishes much with the accompaniment beyond Fritz Reiner in the blazing account by Heifetz on RCA Living Stereo.

The slow movement finds ehnes dropping a bit, and the finale, which comes off the best, arouses some intensity form him. If you want this music to flow and sing, Ehnes would be a good choice. But there's a legacy of virtuosic thrills from Oistreakh, Heifetz. Vengerov, and many other luminaries that this recording cannot rival. As for the fillers, it's nice to bundle Tchaikovsky's collected works for violin and orchestra, but noting rises to the level of the concerto. The best feature about these occasional pieces is the composer's unquenchable melodic gift. I think that Ehnes himself is at is best singing a tender lyrical line.
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