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Britten: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no. 1 / James Ehnes, violin

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After a series of critically acclaimed recordings on Onyx - most recently his recordings of viol in concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky - James Ehnes teams up with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its charismatic music director Kirill Karabits in concertos by Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich. An early work, the Britten was completed in the September of 1939 just as World War II broke out. The work is an emotional commentary on the senselessness of war. The first of Shostakovich's two violin concertos was composed in 1948 for David Oistrakh. It had to wait until 1955 for its premiere due to a ban on "serious" music by the notorious Zhdanov Conference and Party Decree of 1948. After Stalin's death in 1953, Shostakovich was finally able to exert his artistic freedom. The concerto is a truly symphonic work in scale - grand, dramatic and cast in four movements with a huge cadenza placed before the finale, in which the sun bursts out in a brilliant helter-skelter coda.

The Observer
Big toned yet poetic, Ehnes is a persuasive interpreter.

The Independent, 10th May 2013
It's the way that James Ehnes closes the opening movement [of the Britten] that most impresses, essaying a gossamer thread of such subtlety it becomes almost transparent.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2013
Karabits and Ehnes share a powerful idea of [the Britten's] narrative, and each scene is vividly realised...Karabits draws searing clarity, balance and detail from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra...his treatment of the Shostakovich Concerto is riveting.

The Telegraph, 14th June 2013
The partnership between Ehnes, Karabits and the BSO comes across as a true meeting of minds, and these outstanding performances cannot be recommended highly enough.

The Arts Desk, 22nd June 2013
Everything hits the mark here...The Britten has never opened with such cool poise...the stuff of record critics' dreams...Possibly the greatest recording that this concerto has received...Ehnes's Shostakovich is just as good...Essential listening.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
Ehnes is a very fine violinist and there is barely a moment here when his playing is anything but silken in tone and sinuously refined...Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra make cultured colleagues but there is not much danger in their ostinato rhythms or edge to their attack.

International Record Review, September 2013
Ehnes is brilliantly supported by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with Kirill Karabits totally at one with the soloist. This superb performance is coupled with one of the finest modern performances of Shostakovich's glorious A minor Concerto that I have ever heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole (12/02/2012-12/03/2012).



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>Britten, Benjamin : Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 15
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole (12/02/2012-12/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, Op. 77
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Kirill Karabits
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole (12/02/2012-12/03/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1947-1948