Selection: The Best of James Ehnes

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006
>     Preludio
>Dvorak, Antonin : Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata no 6 in G major for violin and harpshchord, BWV 1019a
>     Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op. 100
>     Larghetto - Poco piú mosso - Meno mosso, Tempo 1
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>     Ciaccona
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006
>Dvorak, Antonin : Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata no 6 in G major for violin and harpshchord, BWV 1019a
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
>Dvorak, Antonin : Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op. 100
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
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Notes & Reviews:

Hailed as "the Jascha Heifetz of our day" (Toronto Globe and Mail), violinist James Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music. He has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly with many of the world's most well-known orchestras and conductors. James Ehnes possesses an impressive discography. James Ehnes plays the "Ex Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

Notes & Reviews:

Selections: The Best of James Ehnes has such a modest title and appearance that it might slip by unnoticed, but don't let it, because there is compelling music on this greatest-hits CD that warrants serious attention. Drawn from six of the seven albums Ehnes recorded for Analekta since 2000, this sampler reveals his extraordinary skills in excerpts from the sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach, recital favorites by Antonin Dvorák, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Jules Massenet, and popular encores by Fritz Kreisler, all central pieces in the violinist's repertoire. Ehnes' vibrant tone, smooth bowing, and crisp articulation heighten his expression and lend his phrases a distinctiveness that shows scrupulous attention to each note. Yet this album wasn't intended as a showcase only for his technique because the program offers little in the way of flashy virtuosity, but above all emphasizes Ehnes musicality. Only Kreisler's Tambourin Chinois can be said to merely be a showstopper, and it is surrounded by mostly character pieces and substantial movements that demonstrate more intellectual or lyrical sides of his playing. Listeners who already know Ehnes' exceptional gifts may recommend this disc to friends, and newcomers to his artistry should definitely try out some of the tracks to make his acquaintance.~Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 :: Preludio
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin and Piano, Op. 75/B 150
  • Performers: Eduard Laurel (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: ?01/20/1887-01/25/1887.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata no 6 in G major for violin and harpshchord, BWV 1019a :: Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio
  • Performers: Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1727

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesleid
  • Performers: Eduard Laurel (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Kreisler, Fritz : Tambourin Chinois
  • Performers: Eduard Laurel (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1905

>Kreisler, Fritz : Liebesfreud
  • Performers: Eduard Laurel (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1910

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Sonata in G major for violin and piano, Op. 100 :: Larghetto - Poco piú mosso - Meno mosso, Tempo 1
  • Performers: Eduard Laurel (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Composition written: 11/19/1893-12/03/1893.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 :: Ciaccona
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yoav Talmi
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yoav Talmi
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1863

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yoav Talmi
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic