Album · 2006 · 9 Songs. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35: II. Romance: Andante. By Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Bramwell Tovey & James Ehnes. 3. 35: III. Finale: Allegro assai Vivace.
Violinist James Ehnes unites with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bramwell Tovey for this noteworthy collection of concertos by Korngold, Barber, and Walton. Ehnes' sound seems to be especially well suited for these three works, each demanding rich, fluid tone; stellar technique; and exceptional sensitivity and musicality.
His recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton violin concertos won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’ and a JUNO award for ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’. His recording of the Paganini Caprices earned him universal praise, with Diapason writing of the disc, Ehnes confirms the predictions of Erick Friedman, eminent student of Heifetz: ‘there is only one like him born every hundred years’. Ehnes’s recent recording of the Bartók Concerti was nominated for a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category. Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin aged nine, made his orchestral debut with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal aged 13 and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
You see, at the moment I am listening to James Ehnes, Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing Violin concertos from Korngold, Barber and Walton. I am at a profound loss as to what exactly I can say about this work, what criticism I can actually find. The truth remains, I really can’t. James Ehnes is the solo violinist in the performance, the main guy. He is an exceptionally talented musician and handles the pieces gracefully and with passion, exactly what you want from a violinist. 35, Barber’s Violin Concerto Op. 14, and Walton’s Violin Concerto. The pieces are from the early 20th century and the modernity is recognizable in the amount of dissonance and at times ambience in the pieces. This is particularly evident with Samuel Barber’s concerto.
Performer: James Ehnes (violin); Vancouver SO/Bramwell Tovey. But among modern recordings the obvious comparison is with Joshua Bell, who couples the Barber and the Walton with Bloch’s Baal Shem.
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Violin Concerto, Op. 14 - James Ehnes/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Violin Concerto - James Ehnes/Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. More corn than gold, was the cruel put-down of the American critic Irving Kolodin after hearing the première of the opulent Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), played by Heifetz. Korngold was 50 and his life had already mirrored some of the major political and social upheavals of the 20th century. This is one of Walton's most richly inspired works, and Ehnes brings that out strongly, helped by the powerful playing of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under its music director Bramwell Tovey. Textures are not always as transparent as they might be, but the power of the orchestral playing in all three works adds greatly to the impact of the performances.
PLAY ALL. Barber, Korngold, Walton: Violin Concertos. Released by Onyx Classics Nov 2006 9 Tracks.
Bramwell Tovey Conductor. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Erich Wolfgang Korngold Composer. Bramwell Tovey Conductor. It’s an inspired coupling, as well as a generous one, to have these three high-romantic concertos together. James Ehnes gives superb performances, bringing out their full emotional thrust without vulgarity or exaggeration. His playing has always been impressive on disc, but here he excels himself in expressive range as well as tonal beauty, with expressive rubato perfectly controlled
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is a Canadian orchestra based in Vancouver, British Columbia.