Barber, Korngold, Walton: Violin Concertos

Barber, Korngold, Walton: Violin Concertos

by James Ehnes
     
 
Violinist James Ehnes unites with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bramwell Tovey for this noteworthy collection of concertos by Korngold, Barber, and Walton. Ehnes' sound seems to be especially well suited for these three works, each

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Violinist James Ehnes unites with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bramwell Tovey for this noteworthy collection of concertos by Korngold, Barber, and Walton. Ehnes' sound seems to be especially well suited for these three works, each demanding rich, fluid tone; stellar technique; and exceptional sensitivity and musicality. Aficionados of classic movies may recognize portions of the Korngold concerto as the composer lifted several of the melodies from his favorite film scores. There are parts of the concerto that still sound as if it was created for the screen instead of the concert hall, especially the orchestral tuttis. It is nonetheless an entertaining work and Ehnes' interpretation is both engaging and solicitous. The Barber concerto is filled with lush, lugubrious playing. The second movement especially, with its extensive passages on the G and D strings, puts the listener awash in the violin's sound. The third movement, while well executed, is a bit on the slow side until the final push to the end. Like Korngold, Walton is another composer leading somewhat of a double life between film composition and music specifically for the concert hall, but Walton does not reuse materials from his film scores. Unlike the Barber, Walton's Presto movement is quite energetic and almost diabolical -- a very satisfying performance. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra also deserves kudos for this recording. The accompanying sound is quite sensitive to the needs of the soloist; orchestral tuttis are rich, powerful, and consummate.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
Ehnes gives superb performances, bringing out their full emotional thrust without vulgarity or exaggeration.... He excels himself in expressive range as well as tonal beauty.... An outstanding disc in every way.
BBC Music Magazine - Anthony Burton
Ehnes plays them all with attractive tone and formidable technical command.... It’s all thoroughly musical and convincing.... Ehnes and his colleagues certainly give us plenty to enjoy in this highly attractive programme.
Philadelphia Inquirer - David Patrick Stearns
What a great collection of concertos.... The performances show Ehnes in peak form, full of star quality with his silky tone and almost offhand ease with the technical fireworks.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2006
Label:
Cbc
UPC:
0059582524121
catalogNumber:
5241

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Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Bramwell Tovey  -  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra  - Megan Paterson Ross
  2. Violin Concerto, Op. 14  - Samuel Barber  - Bramwell Tovey  -  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra  - Megan Paterson Ross
  3. Violin Concerto  - William Walton  - Bramwell Tovey  -  Vancouver Symphony Orchestra  - Megan Paterson Ross

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