James Ehnes

Biography

Born: January 27, 1976; Brandon, MB  
Already a presence to be reckoned with by his early twenties, James Ehnes has risen steadily to claim a place among the finest violinists of the day. Critics were impressed with both his immaculate technique and his musical integrity, each of an order rare enough in a musician of any age. Ehnes has continued to consolidate his strengths, bringing audiences a brand of music-making that transcends the present and draws upon the richest traditions Read more of ages past. Born into a musical family, Ehnes was exposed to a variety of instruments as a child, but found himself attracted to the violin. At age four, he began lessons with his father, a trumpet professor at Brandon University, and by nine, Ehnes came into the care of François Chaplin, a respected violin pedagogue on the faculty of Brandon University. Under Chaplin's tutelage, Ehnes won the 1987 grand prize in strings during the Canadian Music Competition; in 1988, he won first prize in strings at the Canadian Music Festival, becoming the youngest musician to have accomplished that feat. Chaplin directed his protégé to the Meadowmount School, a summer program offered by the Society for Strings. At Meadowmount, Ehnes began studying with Sally Thomas, whose presence at the Juilliard School of Music in New York induced him to enroll there in order to continue his work with her. Ehnes' way to Juilliard was facilitated when he was awarded the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award (25,000 dollars), named for Meadowmount's founder. At Juilliard, Ehnes appreciated Thomas' nontraditional instructional methodology; with her, he was able to explore his own solutions to technical and interpretive problems. He especially appreciated the fact that her students emerged with their individuality fully uncovered and developed. Ehnes signed a contract with Telarc Records in 1995. Arts manager Walter Homburger came out of retirement to guide Ehnes' career several years before his graduation from Juilliard with the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music in 1997. Upon finishing his studies, the violinist elected to permanently settle in New York. A much-appreciated collaborator with many of the foremost conductors of the new millennium, Ehnes has worked with Sir Andrew Davis, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michael Gielen, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Christian Thielemann, Hans Graf, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sergiu Comissiona, and Ivan Fischer. He has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and in America, with the principal orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec. The violinist's success as a recitalist led him to chamber music collaborations with such artists as pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and fellow Canadian Louis Lortie and cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Doane. An active recording artist, Ehnes has won several prestigious awards: In January 2002, he was honored as Young Artist of the Year at the Cannes Classical Awards for his Analekta disc of Six Solo Sonatas and Partitas by Bach. The same recording won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Album. Among Ehnes' other acclaimed recordings are his disc of Paganini Caprices; a collection of Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns with accompanist Wendy Chen; and the Bruch Violin Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 with Charles Dutoit and the l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Read less
Berlioz: Harold en Italie... / Ehnes, Davis
Release Date: 05/26/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5155   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: January 27, 1976; Brandon, MB  
Already a presence to be reckoned with by his early twenties, James Ehnes has risen steadily to claim a place among the finest violinists of the day. Critics were impressed with both his immaculate technique and his musical integrity, each of an order rare enough in a musician of any age. Ehnes has continued to consolidate his strengths, bringing audiences a brand of music-making that transcends the present and draws upon the richest traditions Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Ben moderato - Recitative-Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Improvisation - Andante cantabile
III. Finale - Andante ? Allegro
I. Andante semplice
II. Lento
III. Allegretto giusto
I. Molto allegro e appassionato
II. Molto adagio
III. Molto allegro (come prima)
I. Dudasok (Bagpipers): Allegretto
II. Medvetanc (Bear Dance): Moderato
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
No. 1. Parosito (Teasing Song)
No. 2. Kalamajko (Dance)
No. 3. Menuetto
No. 4. Szentivaneji (Midsummer night song)
No. 5. Tot nota 1 (Slovak song 1)
No. 6. Magyar nota (Hungarian song)
No. 7. Olah Nota (Romanian song)
No. 8. Tot nota 2 (Slovak song 2)
No. 9. Jatek (play)
No. 10. Ruten nota (Ruthenian song)
No. 11. Gyermekrengeteskor (Lullaby)
No. 12. Szenagyujteskor (Hay-harvesting song)
No. 13. Lakodalmas (Wedding song)
No. 14. Parnas tanc (Cushion dance)
No. 15. Katonanota (Soldier's song)
No. 16. Burleszk (Burlesque)
No. 17. Menetelo nota 1 (Marching song 1)
No. 18. Menetelo nota 2 (Marching song 2)
No. 19. Mese (Fairy tale)
No. 20. Dal (Song)
No. 21. Ujevkoszonto 1 (New Year's Greeting 1)
No. 22. Szunyogtanc (Mosquito dance)
No. 23. Menyasszony-bucsuztato (Wedding Song)
No. 24. Trefas nota (Gay song)
No. 25. Magyar nota 2 (Hungarian song 2)
No. 26. Ugyan edes komamasszony... (Teasing song)
No. 27. Santa tanc (Limping dance)
No. 28. Bankodas (Sorrow)
No. 29. Ujevkoszonto 2 (New year's greetings 2)
No. 30. Ujevkoszonto 3 (New year's greetings 3)
No. 31. Ujevkoszonto 4 (New year's greetings 4)
No. 32. Maramarosi tanc (Dance from Maramaros)
No. 33. Arataskor (Harvest song)
No. 34. Szamlao nota (Counting song)
No. 35. Ruten kolomejka (Ruthenian kolomejka)
No. 36. Szol a duda (Bagpipes)
No. 36. Szol a duda - 2 Valtozata (Bagpipes - 2nd Variation)
No. 37. Preludium es kanon (Prelude and canon)
No. 38. Forgatos (Romanian whirling dance)
No. 39. Szerb tanc (Serbian dance)
No. 40. Olah tanc (Romanian dance)
No. 41. Scherzo
No. 42. Arab dal (Arabian song)
No. 43. Pizzicato
No. 44. Erdelyi tanc (Transylvanian dance)
I. Allegro con fermezza
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegro ? Allegretto ? [Adagio]
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegretto
IV. Largo
V. Largo
Introduction
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 1. Scene
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 2. Valse
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 3. Scene
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: I. Intrada
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: II. Andante sostenuto
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: III. Allegro semplice - Presto
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: IV. Moderato
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: V. Allegro
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 4. Pas de trois: VI. Coda: Allegro vivace
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: I. Tempo di valse ma non troppo vivo, quasi moderato
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: II. Andante - Allegro
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: III. Tempo di valse
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 5. Pas de deux: IV. Coda: Allegro molto vivace
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 6. Pas d'action
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 7. Sujet
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 8. Dance of the goblets: Tempo di polacca
Act I The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: No. 9. Finale: Andante: The flight of swans
Act II By a Lake: No. 10. Scene: Moderato
Act II By a Lake: No. 11. Scene
Act II By a Lake: No. 12. Scene: Allegro
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: I. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: II. Moderato assai
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: III. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: IV. Allegro moderato
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: V. Andante - Allegro
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: VI. Tempo di valse
Act II By a Lake: No. 13. Dances of the swans: VII. Coda: Allegro vivace
Act II By a Lake: No. 14. Scene: Moderato
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 15. Allegro giusto
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 16. Dance of the corps de ballet and dwarves: Moderato assai
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 17. Arrival of the guests and waltz Allegro - Tempo di valse
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 18. Scene: Allegro
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: I. Intrada: Moderato assai
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: II. Variation I: Allegro
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: III. Variation II: Andante con moto
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: IV. Variation III: Moderato
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: V. Variation IV: Allegro
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: VI. Variation V: Moderato - Allegro semplice
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 19. Pas de six: VII. Coda: Allegro molto
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: Pas de deux: I. Introduction
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: Pas de deux: II. Variation I: Moderato - Andante
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: Pas de deux: III. Variation II: Allegro moderato
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: Pas de deux: IV. Coda
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 20. Hungarian Dance: Moderato assai - Allegro moderato - Vivace
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: Russian Dance
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 21. Spanish Dance: Allegro non troppo (Tempo di bolero)
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 22. Neapolitan Dance: Allegro moderato - Andantino
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 23. Mazurka: Tempo di mazurka
Act III In the Castle of Prince Siegfried: A Ball at the Castle: No. 24. Scene: Allegro
Act IV By the Lake: No. 25. Entr'acte: Moderato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 26. Scene: Allegro non troppo
Act IV By the Lake: No. 27. Dance of the cygnets: Moderato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 28. Scene: Allegro agitato
Act IV By the Lake: No. 29. Finale: Andante - Allegro agitato - Moderato e maestoso - Moderato
I. Andantino - Poco piu mosso - Meno mosso - Andante assai (Assai piu lento che la prima volta)
II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Moderato - Piu tranquillo
I. Andante cantabile
II. Allegro - Tempo I - Poco piu mosso - Piu mosso - Meno mosso (come prima) - Piu mosso
III. Commodo (quasi allegretto) - Pochissimo meno - Poco meno mosso
IV. Allegro con brio - Poco piu presto - Tempo I - Piu presto
I. Moderato
II. Theme and Variations
III. Con brio - Allegro precipitato - Tempo I - Allegro precipitato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante assai
III. Allegro, ben marcato
I. Andante assai - Poco piu animato - Tempo I
II. Allegro brusco - Poco piu tranquillo - Piu mosso - Poco piu tranquillo - Tempo I
III. Andante - Poco meno mosso
IV. Allegrissimo - Poco piu tranquillo - Allegrissimo I - Poco meno - Andante assai, come primo
No. 1. Andante
No. 2. Lento, ma non troppo - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
No. 3. Animato, ma non allegro - Poco piu tranquillo - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso
No. 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando
No. 5. Andante non troppo - Pochissimo piu animato - Meno mosso
I. Moderato
II. Scherzo: Presto - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
III. Andante
IV. Allegro con brio - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso - Allegro con brio
I. Tempo di ciaccona
II. Fuga: Risoluto, non troppo vivo
III. Melodia: Adagio
IV. Presto
I. Allegro moderato (molto rubato)
II. Andante
III. Vivace
No. 1. Andante - Un poco piu lento (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 34)
No. 1. Andante - Un poco piu lento (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 34)
No. 2. Allegretto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 36)
No. 2. Allegretto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 36)
No. 3. Lento, ma non troppo (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 17)
No. 3. Lento, ma non troppo (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 17)
No. 4. Allegro (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 31)
No. 4. Allegro (arr. of For Children, Vol. 2, No. 31)
No. 5. Lento, poco rubato (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 16)
No. 5. Lento, poco rubato (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 16)
No. 6. Allegretto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 14)
No. 6. Allegretto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 14)
No. 7. Allegretto, scherzando (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 19)
No. 7. Allegretto, scherzando (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 19)
No. 8. Sostenuto - Allegro - Adagio (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 8)
No. 8. Sostenuto - Allegro - Adagio (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 8)
No. 9. Allegro robusto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 21)
No. 9. Allegro robusto (arr. of For Children, Vol. 1, No. 21)
No. 1. Jocul cu bata (Stick Dance)
No. 2. Braul (Sash Dance)
No. 3. Pe loc (In One Place)
No. 4. Buciumeana (Horn Dance)
No. 5. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)
No. 6. Maruntel (Fast Dance)
I. Lassu: Moderato
II. Friss: Allegretto moderato -
II. [Agitato]
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegretto
I. Lassu: Moderato
II. Friss: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
II. Accelerando - A tempo - (alternative ending)
II. [Agitato] (alternative ending)
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto
I. Moderato
II. Adagio religioso
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso
I. Allegro aperto
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo
I. Larghetto, molto espressivo, ma semplice -
II. Allegro misurato
III. Molto sostenuto (Tempo I) - Piu mosso e scorrevole (Tempo II) - Tempo I, molto sereno - Tempo II - Tempo I (funebre) -
IV. Allegro assai, ma non precipitato - (A la musette)
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Intermezzo: Allegro comodo e scherzando
III. Adagio molto sostenuto -
IV. Allegro risoluto e giocoso
Adagio con moto -
Rondo alla Polacca
I. Allegro risoluto - Rallantando
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegretto
II. Blues
III. Perpetuum mobile
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermede
III. Finale
I. Allegro agitato
Adagio
II. Allegretto moderato
Allegro molto


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