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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto, Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.7 & 8 / James Ehnes (violin), Melbourne SO, Wigglesworth, Ehnes Quartet

Album Summary

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

Acclaimed violinist James Ehnes is featured in two roles on this release. He is the soloist in Khachaturian's Violin Concerto and leads the Ehnes Quartet, making its Onyx debut, in two works by Shostakovich. The Khachaturian is an instantly accessible work, infused with the music of the composer's native Armenia. Shostakovich's fifteen String Quartets form the most important body of music in the genre after those of Beethoven. The eighth is one of the most impressive and popular in the canon. The terse, highly emotional seventh is dedicated to the composer's wife Nina, who had died in 1954.

MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2014
Ehnes' urgent and energetic finale [of the Khachaturian] is full of gypsy spirit and freshness without feeling too sweet-toothed...This rather unusual mix of concerto and chamber music only serves to increase the desirability of this release.

The Observer, 15th June 2014
Ehnes, here beadily accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ...communicates eloquently the energy and rhythmic adventure of the outer movements [of the Khachaturian], while enjoying the almost mystical mood of the central Andante.

Sunday Times, 6th July 2014
Wigglesworth's Melbourne orchestra underlines Ehnes's enthusiasm for the work with infectious elan. The coupling with two of Shostakovich's greatest quartets is unexpected, but this is highly personal music, infused with folk idioms, yet darker and angrier. Ehnes et al perfectly capture its gloom and rage.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
One of the peculiarities of the record business is that we often get excellent new recordings of the same work from different labels at the same time. That's the case here: both performances of the Khachaturian compare very well to the Catherine Manoukian traversal (Nov/ Dec 2007). That earlier recording really nailed this concerto. Conductor Wigglesworth leads the orchestra in a responsive, rock-solid accompaniment. We've been lucky here in the Upper Midwest to hear him lead some particularly exciting performances of Shostakovich with the Minnesota Orchestra (a smashing Tenth earlier this spring!), so I'm glad he brought the same intensity to the Khachaturian score. Onyx delivers excellent sonics, with a bit of "Chandos echo" just like the Karabits Prokofieff in this issue. Don't worry - details don't get swallowed up. The Melbourne Symphony is a fine ensemble.



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Works Details

>Khachaturian, Aram : Concerto for Violin in D minor
  • Performer: James Ehnes (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth
  • Ensemble: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall (11/14/2013-11/16/2013)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1940

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108
  • Ensemble: Ehnes Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960