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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich / Ehnes

Khachaturian / Shostakovich / Melbourne
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4121   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aram KhachaturianDmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  James EhnesRichard O’NeillAmy Schwartz MorettiRobert De Maine
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony OrchestraEhnes Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"James Ehnes’ mastery is breathtaking in both works." - BBC Music Magazine

"These inspired performances are subtle and persuasive as well as fiery. James Ehnes plays with a powerful lyricism which makes the complexities melt away." - The Observer

Khachaturian’s 1940 Violin Concerto was composed for and dedicated to David Oistrakh who gave the premiere in Moscow that year. It is an instantly accessible work, infused with the music of the composer’s native Armenia, with colourful use of the orchestra and dazzling virtuosity. Shostakovich’s 15 String Quartets form the most important body of music in the quartet repertoire after those of Beethoven. The 8th is one of the most
Read more impressive in the canon, and dates from 1960. The dedication on the score reads ‘In remembrance of the victims of fascism and war’. It was premiered in Dresden, still badly scarred by the bombing of 1945. The 7th Quartet also dates from 1960, and is dedicated to the composer’s wife Nina, who had died in 1954. It is a compact, terse, highly emotional personal musical statement. - Onyx Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin in D minor by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Mark Wigglesworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USSR 
Venue:  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 
Length: 37 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Richard O’Neill (Viola), James Ehnes (Violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (Violin),
Robert De Maine (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ehnes Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2013 
Venue:  Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Ben 
Length: 11 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Richard O’Neill (Viola), James Ehnes (Violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (Violin),
Robert De Maine (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ehnes Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2013 
Venue:  Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Ben 
Length: 19 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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