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Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin: Concertos, Sonatas / James Ehnes, violin; Andrew Armstrong, piano. BBC SO, Noseda

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for 2 violins in C major, Op. 56
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Songs (5) without Words for voice & piano, Op. 35
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This two-CD set offers all the works that Prokofiev wrote for the violin as a solo instrument. One of the most sought after and acclaimed virtuoso violinists today, James Ehnes is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, and by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has previously made a number of highly acclaimed Chandos recordings. The distinguished Amy Schwartz Moretti joins him in the Sonata for Two Violins.

The Arts Desk, 28th September 2013
Wow. Everything works here. James Ehnes rarely disappoints, and the playing on this beautifully recorded two-disc set is immaculate. It's not just the musicality, the remarkable ability to give shape and colour to the thorniest solo writing, but his modesty...Unmissable.

The Telegraph, 4th October 2013
In their mix of lyricism and sharp-edged rhythmic and harmonic piquancy, Ehnes and Moretti are absolutely spot on in defining the music's character. This is playing that truly grabs you by the scruff of the neck and commands attention.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
Ehnes's particular combination of matchless virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi and interpretative restraint suits all this music down to the ground. You sense that we are in for a special performance of the D major Concerto (No. 1) even before the soloist enters, Noseda eliciting a special quality of fairy-tale unreality.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
I have not heard such a beautiful performance of the First Violin Concerto since Itzhak Perlman's 1982 EMI recording, and Ehnes enjoys the advantage of a more natural balance with the orchestra...Ehnes smoothes some of the First Sonata's rough edges...yet its menace and brutality emerge clearly enough...a real winner.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (06/20/2013-06/22/2013); Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013); MediaCity UK, Salford (06/28/2012/02/23/2013); Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/28/2012/02/23/2013).



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (06/28/2012/02/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for 2 violins in C major, Op. 56
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Amy Moretti (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1932

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1947

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Violin no 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: MediaCity UK, Salford (06/28/2012/02/23/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1935

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938-1946

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Songs (5) without Words for voice & piano, Op. 35
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
  • Performers: Andrew Armstrong (Piano); James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (06/20/2013-06/22/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1944