Elgar: Violin Concerto; Serenade for Strings

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
In its way, this is as fine a recording of Elgar's "Violin Concerto" as has ever been made. As befits this intensely romantic work, its way is passionate, intimate, and persuasive. But, as befits the intensely reticent composer, it is also restrained, reserved, and objective. In other words, don't expect the emotional displays of violinists like Menuhin, Perlman, or Zukerman in this performance by young Canadian violinist James Ehnes. While his technique is immensely impressive -- there's nothing in this enormously difficult work he can't play with ease and assurance -- it is Ehnes' interpretation that really makes his recording stand out. Like the composer who famously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
In its way, this is as fine a recording of Elgar's "Violin Concerto" as has ever been made. As befits this intensely romantic work, its way is passionate, intimate, and persuasive. But, as befits the intensely reticent composer, it is also restrained, reserved, and objective. In other words, don't expect the emotional displays of violinists like Menuhin, Perlman, or Zukerman in this performance by young Canadian violinist James Ehnes. While his technique is immensely impressive -- there's nothing in this enormously difficult work he can't play with ease and assurance -- it is Ehnes' interpretation that really makes his recording stand out. Like the composer who famously hid his emotions behind riddles and enigmas, and the work that manifestly wears its heart on its sleeve even as it holds back from complete surrender, Ehnes does not reveal his heart in this performance but rather reveals the music's heart, letting Elgar's artistry speak for itselfe. Accompanied by the seasoned Andrew Davis leading the venerable Philharmonia Orchestra, Ehnes turns in a performance that, in its almost understated way, demands to be heard by anyone who loves the work. As a filler, Davis and the Philharmonia add a suave but very sentimental reading of Elgar's "Serenade for Strings." Recorded in part in performance and in part in rehearsals, Onyx's digital sound is a bit heavy and a tad distant, but still clear enough and quite lush.
Gramophone - Andrew Achenbach
This remains a performance of conspicuous pedigree and insight guaranteed to make you fall in love all over again with this sublime music and which can only boost Ehnes's standing as one of the most gifted and charismatic fiddlers around.
San Francisco Chronicle - Joshua Kosman
A splendid violinist, with a sweet, lyrical string tone and a zippy rhythmic sense.... The slow movement is most conducive to Ehnes' understated brilliance.
Classic FM Magazine - Emma Baker
[January 2008 CD of the Month] From the opening bars you can tell this is something really special. The long orchestral introduction is beautifully shaped but has a real sense of urgency and spontaneity about it, and this is echoed in Ehnes’s playing, which is immediately rapturous, mercurial and subtle.
Daily Telegraph - Geoffrey Norris
This performance of the concerto is a landmark recording from a consummate artist whose instincts and sensibility mark him out as one of the finest musicians in today's firmament.
Toronto Star - John Terauds
Glowing, gimmick-free performances.

A splendid violinist, with a sweet, lyrical string tone and a zippy rhythmic sense.... The slow movement is most conducive to Ehnes' understated brilliance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2008
  • Label: Onyx Classics Uk
  • UPC: 880040402527
  • Catalog Number: 4025
  • Sales rank: 234,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - Edward Elgar & James Ehnes (48:51)
  2. 2 Serenade, for strings in E minor, Op. 20 - Edward Elgar & New Philharmonia Orchestra (12:14)
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James Ehnes Primary Artist
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