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Homage / James Ehnes, et al

Album Summary

>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole
>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
>Scott, Cyril : Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47
>Dinicu, Grigoras : Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Etudes-Caprices (8) for 2 Violins, Op. 18
>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 81
>Moszkowski, Moritz : Guitarre, Op. 45 no 2
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Kreisler, Fritz : Chanson Louis XIII in the style of Couperin
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher
>Falla, Manuel de : Danza Española no 1 (la vida breve)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
>Vieuxtemps, Henri : La Nuit, transcription for viola & piano after Félicien
>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46
>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16
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Notes & Reviews:

On this new CD and DVD Video set, 2008 Grammy and Gramophone Award winning violinist James Ehnes pays tribute to the world’s most celebrated violin-makers. This unique Onyx project features performances on twelve of the greatest instruments ever made. The Fulton Collection is perhaps the most important private collection of instruments in the world. It contains many examples of the legendary names Stradivari, Guarneri, da Salo and Guadagnini. For example, the priceless La Pucelle has never been heard in a recording, and the Lord Wilton was Yehudi Menuhin’s last instrument.

Ehnes performs twenty-one selections in a carefully planned recital program specially chosen to suit each instrument and to work on its own terms. It finishes with a section comparing each instrument in an excerpt of the same piece, a unique opportunity to contrast the sound qualities of these spectacular instruments. The set includes a DVD with the complete performances plus spectacular close-ups of the instruments and substantial interviews. This highly collectible package includes detailed notes by Ehnes himself.

This is a landmark recording for all lovers of great instruments and of course great playing.

"A splendid violinist, with a sweet, lyrical string tone and a zippy rhythmic sense." - San Francisco Chronicle

BBC Music Magazine
The icing on the cake is provided by the DVD, which shows how Ehnes achieves miracles at close hand, including his unconventional left-hand thumb extension and relatively firm bow-hold. Beautifully photographed, consummately played and beguilingly engineered, this is a must for all music lovers.

Gramophone Magazine
James Ehnes... has been given the run of the extraordinary collection of violins and violas assembled by David Fulton, to wit: one Pietro Guarneri, six Stradivari, two Guarneri "del Gesù" and violas by Bertolotti, Andrea Guarneri and Guadagnini... On the CD, you can enjoy Ehnes playing an enriching recital on all 12 instruments, capped by 12 "comparison tracks" in which the same brief passage from Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (Harold in Italy for the violas) is played on each instrument in turn. The same performances were filmed for the DVD. There are interviews with Ehnes, Fulton and others.

The Times
Heard with one ear, this CD and DVD package presents an attractive collection of violin bon-bons, with three viola pieces thrown in. Heard with two ears, it's a fascinating journey through history, with Ehnes sharing the repertoire among 12 antique and precious instruments from the Fulton Collection, each with their own subtle character. A highlight is the 1737 Guarneri violin, smokily sumptuous in Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. The DVD's roaming camera grows fatiguing; not so Ehnes's musicianship.



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>Bazzini, Antonio : La ronde des lutins, Op. 25
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1852

>Falla, Manuel de : Suite Populaire Espagnole
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1926

>Elgar, Edward : La capricieuse, Op. 17
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Scott, Cyril : Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Dinicu, Grigoras : Hora staccato, for violin & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Pièce en forme de Habañera
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1907

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Etudes-Caprices (8) for 2 Violins, Op. 18
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (5) for Violin and Piano, Op. 81 :: 1. Mazurka
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915-1918

>Moszkowski, Moritz : Guitarre, Op. 45 no 2
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1890

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Kreisler, Fritz : Chanson Louis XIII in the style of Couperin
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1910

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher :: 3. Melody
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Falla, Manuel de : Danza Española no 1 (la vida breve)
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Benjamin, Arthur : Jamaican Rumba
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Vieuxtemps, Henri : La Nuit, transcription for viola & piano after Félicien
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Andrea Guarneri (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bruch, Max [Composer] : Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1834

>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1834

>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16 :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Viola); Eduard Laurel (Piano)
  • Notes: Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, WA (04/01/2007-04/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1834