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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Nearly everyone carries around a mental image of the famous Stradivari violins and those of the other makers from Italy's golden age of instruments, and some of us have been lucky enough to hear one of these instruments, or perhaps testimony from someone who has played one. The chance to immerse yourself in the sound of many of them, and to appreciate their individuality, is rare indeed, however. Canadian-born violinist James Ehnes offers listeners that chance here, and deserves kudos for what must have been a difficult project, both musically and logistically. He plays violins and violas from a single collection of instruments, that of former Microsoft vice president and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Nearly everyone carries around a mental image of the famous Stradivari violins and those of the other makers from Italy's golden age of instruments, and some of us have been lucky enough to hear one of these instruments, or perhaps testimony from someone who has played one. The chance to immerse yourself in the sound of many of them, and to appreciate their individuality, is rare indeed, however. Canadian-born violinist James Ehnes offers listeners that chance here, and deserves kudos for what must have been a difficult project, both musically and logistically. He plays violins and violas from a single collection of instruments, that of former Microsoft vice president and former University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Fulton. There are 12 instruments in all, nine violins and three violas, by Stradivari, three members of the Guarneri family, and two other builders from outside Cremona, an early example from Brescia by Gasparo Bertolotti and a late one from the Parmesan Giuseppe Guadagnini. Ehnes lets you hear each instrument two ways: first in a piece of its own, and second in "comparison tracks" in which an identical excerpt from Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" for the violins or Berlioz's "Harold in Italy" for the violas is played on each instrument. This brings to life some of the subjective language used by Ehnes in his descriptions of the individual instruments and pretty much everywhere else they are written about. Ehnes chooses mostly standard encores for his complete performances, but they're nicely matched to the individual instruments in order to show some of their uncannier qualities; he doesn't just dwell on the remarkable gentleness and warmth of tone of which many of these instruments are capable. Hear the very first track, Antonio Bazzini's "La Ronde des Lutins," for example, as the 1715 "Marsick" Stradivarius ascends into a truly chilling, almost electronic sound in the rapid upper-register passages. Nearly every track has some pleasure like that, and the engineering, done in a high school performing arts center in Microsoft's hometown of Redmond, WA, is equal to the tasks it faces here. The CD is accompanied by a DVD in which Ehnes plays and discusses the instruments in more detail. This solves the problem of what gift to get the violin lover on your list.
BBC Music Magazine - Julian Haylock
Another triumphant release from James Ehnes.... Consummately played and beguilingly engineered, this is a must for all music lovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Onyx Classics Uk
  • UPC: 880040403821
  • Catalog Number: 4038
  • Sales rank: 73,812

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25 - Antonio Bazzini & James Ehnes (4:53)
  2. 2–7 Suite Populaire Espagnole, for violin & piano (arr. from "Popular Spanish Songs" by Kochanski) - Manuel de Falla & James Ehnes (12:19)
  3. 3 La capricieuse -- morceau de genre, for violin & piano, Op. 17 - Edward Elgar & James Ehnes (4:13)
  4. 4 Lotus Land for piano, Op. 47/1 (W 183) - Fritz Kreisler & Cyril Scott (5:03)
  5. 5 Hora Staccato for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Grigoras Dinicu & Jascha Heifetz (1:59)
  6. 6 Pièce en forme de Habanera, arrangement(s) for solo instrument & keyboard - Maurice Ravel & James Ehnes (3:08)
  7. 7 Etude-caprice for 2 violins in A minor, Op. 18/4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Fritz Kreisler (1:32)
  8. 8 Pieces (5) for violin & piano, Op. 81: 1. Mazurka - Jean Sibelius & James Ehnes (2:37)
  9. 9 Guitarre, for piano, Op. 45/2 - Moritz Moszkowski & Pablo de Sarasate (3:22)
  10. 10 Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12 - Edward Elgar & James Ehnes (3:00)
  11. 11 Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane, in the Style of Couperin, for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & James Ehnes (4:39)
  12. 12 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: 3. Melody - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & James Ehnes (3:37)
  13. 13 Danza Espanola, for orchestra (from "La Vida Breve") - Manuel de Falla & Fritz Kreisler (3:34)
  14. 14 Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love") - Ralph Vaughan Williams & James Ehnes (4:36)
  15. 15 Jamaican Rumba for 2 pianos or orchestra - Arthur Benjamin & James Ehnes (1:49)
  16. 16 La Nuit, transcription for viola & piano after Félicien - Henri Vieuxtemps & Henri Vieuxtemps (4:48)
  17. 17 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:01)
  18. 18 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (0:58)
  19. 19 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (0:59)
  20. 20 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:00)
  21. 21 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:01)
  22. 22 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (0:58)
  23. 23 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:00)
  24. 24 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:00)
  25. 25 Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46: [Excerpt] - Max Bruch & James Ehnes (1:01)
  26. 26 Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16): [Excerpt] - Hector Berlioz & James Ehnes (1:25)
  27. 27 Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16): [Excerpt] - Hector Berlioz & James Ehnes (1:23)
  28. 28 Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16): [Excerpt] - Hector Berlioz & James Ehnes (1:29)
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James Ehnes Primary Artist
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