Mozart: Violinkonzerte 1-5; Adagio K. 261; Rondo K. 269; Rondo K. 373

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
James Ehnes is a Canadian violinist who made a splash as a child prodigy in his home country. He started playing the violin at four and had the added attraction of hailing from Brandon, Manitoba, a town in the middle of wide-open spaces. Having graduated from the Juilliard School with a distinctive style intact, he has been gaining attention in the U.S. and across the Atlantic. As a youngster he idolized Jascha Heifetz, and on the evidence of this double-CD set of Mozart's music for violin and orchestra he is an avatar of the Heifetz spirit as transmitted through Nathan Milstein, Itzhak Perlman, and a host of other players. His attacks and approach to phrasing are crisp, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
James Ehnes is a Canadian violinist who made a splash as a child prodigy in his home country. He started playing the violin at four and had the added attraction of hailing from Brandon, Manitoba, a town in the middle of wide-open spaces. Having graduated from the Juilliard School with a distinctive style intact, he has been gaining attention in the U.S. and across the Atlantic. As a youngster he idolized Jascha Heifetz, and on the evidence of this double-CD set of Mozart's music for violin and orchestra he is an avatar of the Heifetz spirit as transmitted through Nathan Milstein, Itzhak Perlman, and a host of other players. His attacks and approach to phrasing are crisp, he aims toward perfection in technical details over expressivity, and he has a kind of dancing grace when everything goes right. The style works well with Mozart's violin concertos, which are modest, youthful works concerned with elegance and sentiment. Ehnes never lays the sentiment on too thick. Hear the large Adagio movement of the "Violin Concerto No. 5" for a helping of melodic material in which a vibrato-laden reading can tend to cloy, but which Ehnes brings off in a very refined way. The dimensions of the performance are right; Ehnes assembles a small orchestra of well-trained Canadian and American musicians who work with him closely as he conducts from the violin. He composes his own cadenzas for the concertos, modeling them on existing cadenzas for Mozart piano concertos of the period. The inclusion of some rarely heard miscellaneous Mozart movements for violin and orchestra is a bonus, and really the only fault to be found is the CBC sound, which is far from sparkling. Ehnes is definitely a violinist in search of a label and concert presenters who can offer the classic violin tradition in attractive packages; he will deliver the goods.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Cbc
  • UPC: 059582523827
  • Catalog Number: 5238

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (21:34)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  2. 2 Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, K. 211 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (21:33)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  3. 3 Adagio for violin & orchestra in E major, K. 261 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (8:31)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  4. 4 Rondo for violin & orchestra in B flat major, K. 269 (K. 261a) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (7:20)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  5. 5 Rondo for violin & orchestra in C major, K. 373 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (5:53)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  6. 6 Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (24:42)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  7. 7 Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K. 218 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (23:58)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
  8. 8 Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major ("Turkish") K. 219 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & James Ehnes (29:28)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performed byMozart Anniversary Orchestra
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Performance Credits
James Ehnes Primary Artist
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