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French Showpieces / James Ehnes, Yoav Talmi, Quebec So


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 23151   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsHector BerliozErnest ChaussonClaude Debussy,   ... 
Performer:  James Ehnes
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Collection" CDs tend to get buried in the bins, but here's a lovely selection of French music for violin and orchestra that spotlights the artistry of James Ehnes, the award-winning virtuoso whose Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Analekta caused a sort of mini-sensation among lovers of great violin playing a couple of years ago. Here he offers interpretations of remarkable poise and purity in the two Saint-Saëns gems (Havanaise and Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso), along with a really gorgeous, dusky, but flowing account of Chausson's popular Poème--and he lets his hair down a bit in Milhaud's jazzy Cinéma Fantaisie.


Berlioz's rarely-encountered (live, at least) Rêverie et Caprice
Read more makes a welcome appearance (how marvelously Ehnes floats those rhythms in the Caprice!), and a remarkably un-tacky Méditation from Thaïs closes the program. Yoav Talmi leads the Quebec Symphony in fine accompaniments and also gets to strut his stuff in a lively Le Corsaire Overture (okay, it's not Beecham or Munch, but then who is?) and in Ravel's orchestration of Debussy's Tarantelle Styrienne. Superb sonics top off a disc that makes for really satisfying listening straight through, which is certainly more than you can say for most collections of this sort. First class. [12/21/2002]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Introduction and Rondo capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 28 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
2.
Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
3.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
4.
Rêverie et caprice for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 8 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
5.
Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; France 
6.
Tarentelle styrienne "Danse" by Claude Debussy
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1890; France 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1923) 
7.
Cinéma-fantaisie sur "Le boeuf sur le toit" for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 58b by Darius Milhaud
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Paris, France 
8.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 

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