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Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin / Ehnes

Prokofiev / Ehnes / Bbc Philharmonic / Noseda
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10787   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James EhnesAmy Schwartz MorettiAndrew Armstrong
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Ehnes's particular combination of matchless virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi and interpretative restraint suits all this music down to the ground. You sense that we are in for a special performance of the D major Concerto (No. 1) even before the soloist enters, Noseda eliciting a special quality of fairy-tale unreality.

– Gramophone [10/2013]

***** (out of 5)
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… A real winner.

– BBC Music Magazine


Ehnes's particular combination of matchless virtuosity, sweet tone, flowing tempi and interpretative restraint suits all this music down to the ground. You sense that we are in for a special performance of the D major Concerto (No. 1) even before the soloist enters, Noseda eliciting a special quality of fairy-tale unreality.

– Gramophone [10/2013]

***** (out of 5)
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… A real winner.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 19 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 21 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for 2 Violins in C major, Op. 56 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 13 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo in D major, Op. 115 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USSR 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 12 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Noseda
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1923; USSR 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in F minor, Op. 80 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1946; USSR 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 26 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Songs (5) without Words, Op. 35 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Andrew Armstrong (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 12 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 94bis by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Andrew Armstrong (Piano), James Ehnes (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19: I. Andantino - Poco piu mosso - Meno mosso - Andante assai (Assai piu lento che la prima volta)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19: II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19: III. Moderato - Allegro moderato - Moderato - Piu tranquillo
Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op. 56: I. Andante cantabile
Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op. 56: II. Allegro - Tempo I - Poco piu mosso - Piu mosso - Meno mosso (come prima) - Piu mosso
Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op. 56: III. Commodo (quasi allegretto) - Pochissimo meno - Poco meno mosso
Sonata for 2 Violins in C Major, Op. 56: IV. Allegro con brio - Poco piu presto - Tempo I - Piu presto
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 115: I. Moderato
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 115: II. Theme and Variations
Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 115: III. Con brio - Allegro precipitato - Tempo I - Allegro precipitato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: II. Andante assai
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63: III. Allegro, ben marcato
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80: I. Andante assai - Poco piu animato - Tempo I
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80: II. Allegro brusco - Poco piu tranquillo - Piu mosso - Poco piu tranquillo - Tempo I
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80: III. Andante - Poco meno mosso
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80: IV. Allegrissimo - Poco piu tranquillo - Allegrissimo I - Poco meno - Andante assai, come primo
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 1. Andante
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 2. Lento, ma non troppo - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 3. Animato, ma non allegro - Poco piu tranquillo - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 4. Allegretto leggero e scherzando
5 Melodies, Op. 35bis: No. 5. Andante non troppo - Pochissimo piu animato - Meno mosso
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis: I. Moderato
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis: II. Scherzo: Presto - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis: III. Andante
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis: IV. Allegro con brio - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso - Allegro con brio

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