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Cat. No. CHAN 10787(2) Price: £21 No. of discs: 2
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CHAN 10787 - Prokofiev: James Ehnes Plays Prokofiev
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Available From: 19 August 2013

Chandos CHAN 10787

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos / Violin Sonatas, etc. – James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong, Amy Schwartz Moretti, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

This two-CD set offers all the works that Prokofiev wrote for the violin as solo instrument. One of the most sought-after and acclaimed virtuoso violinists today, James Ehnes is accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and by the pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has previously made a number of highly acclaimed Chandos recordings. The distinguished Amy Schwartz Moretti joins him in the Sonata for Two Violins.

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                    *** Good disc      **** Excellent Sound
Stéphane Friédérich - Classica magazine (France) - March 2014

 “…If you’re a Prokofiev enthusiast, especially of his works for violin, this new two-disc set is essential. If you’re an Ehnes fan, it’s indispensable. If you’re both, acquisition of this release is obligatory.”

Jerry Dubins – Fanfare – March/April 2014  

                      Critic’s Choice 2013
"...Ravishing stuff."
David Gutman - Gramophone magazine - December 2013

"Michael Cookson has already reviewed this release ... and I am happy to concur with his summary of it as ‘outstanding’. Chandos have done well with this Complete Works for Violin programme, the concertos occasionally paired with the solo and chamber works but rarely if ever in such a comprehensive way."
Dominy Clements - MusicWeb-International.com - 22 November 2013

"...James Ehnes and his various partners (including Amy Schwartz Moretti in the 1932 sonata for two violins) give the impression of wanting the music to speak for itself without any imposed personal overlay. And Ehnes certainly has the musical savoir faire and virtuosity to make the approach work."   ****
Michael Dervan - IrishTimes.com - 1 November 2013 

              Performance (Disc 1) *****   (Disc 2) ****      Recording *****
"... I have not heard such a beautiful performance of the First Violin Concerto since Itzhak Perlman’s 1982 EMI recording, and Ehnes enjoys the advantage of a more natural balance with the orchestra, so one can really hear the details of Prokofiev’s finely scored and inspired orchestration... a real winner."
Daniel Jaffé - BBC Music magazine - December 2013

             Orchestral Choice
"... James Ehnes’s particular combination of matchless virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi and interpretative restraint suits all this music down to the ground... the contribution of the BBC Philharmonic is distinguished throughout ... Strongly recommended."
David Gutman - Gramophone magazine - October 2013

“Wow. Everything works here. James Ehnes rarely disappoints, and the playing on this beautifully recorded two-disc set is immaculate. It’s not just the musicality, the remarkable ability to give shape and colour to the thorniest solo writing, but his modesty – he’s a player who knows exactly when to step back and let collaborators take the spotlight… Unmissable.”
Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com – 28 September 2013

 "... Ehnes and his pianist give performances worthy of the giants (Oistrakh and Richter) for whom their parts were conceived."
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times - 8 September 2013

                     Classical CD of the Week
"... Ehnes is joined by Amy Schwartz Moretti for an electrifying performance of the duo sonata... In their mix of lyricism and sharpe-edged rhythmic and harmonic piquancy. Ehnes and Moretti are absolutely spot on in defining the music’s character. This is playing that truly grabs you by the scruff of the neck and commands attention... For the two concertos Ehnes teams up again with an orchestra and conductor he knows well - the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda - who yield apt, complimentary shades of colouring, both brilliant and pungent, to match Ehnes’s superb artistry." *****
Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph - 28 September 2013

 "... the sound is terrific, and given the excellence of the performance throughout, and the convenience of having all of these works ’under one roof’. as it were, there’s no reason to put off acquiring this set..."
Raymond S Tuttle -  International Record Review - October 2013

"... Prokofiev wrote tuneful music, rich and rhythmic, and James Ehnes is outstanding in bringing this attractive music to life."
Peter Spaull - Liverpool Post - 19 September 2013

 

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