- Sonata for violin & piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94 bis
- Songs (5) Without Words for voice & piano, Op. 35
- Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80
- Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
- Sonata for violin solo in D major, Op. 115
- Sonata for 2 violins in C major, Op. 56
- Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
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Canadian violinist James Ehnes has become a familiar sight in British recording catalogs, with technically suave performances that don't draw too much attention to themselves. In Prokofiev, with his combination of formal gravity, virtuosity, crystalline, balanced lyricism, and a bit of dark humor, Ehnes finds his ideal creative match. There's not really any reason to do all of Prokofiev's violin music together as a set; it comes from various stages of the composer's career and is not really linked by any creative principle. The concertos are substantial pieces with gorgeous melodies for slow movements, the equal of any in Prokofiev's output. The sonatas are virtuoso pieces written with the great David Oistrakh in mind. There are a spare duo sonata, a solo sonata written for students, and a light set of "Five Melodies for violin and piano." What holds it all together is simply that Ehnes' performances are brilliantly idiomatic to the music. The long, complex lines of the concertos seem inevitable in his hands, and the slow finale of the "Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19," is achingly beautiful. Ehnes puts on a reasonable facsimile of Oistrakh's rich tone in the sonatas, and each of the smaller pieces emerges as an individual statement. Strongly recommended.