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ON 4038

James Ehnes: Homage, Works for Violin

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Eduard Laurel

piano

James Ehnes

viola and viola

Venue:

Fulton Performing Arts Center, Overlake School, Redmond, Washington



Producer:

Tim Martyn


Paul Moseley

(Executive)

Engineer:

Tim Martyn



Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Violin


Chamber

Total Time - 78:13
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ANTONIO BAZZINI

1 

La Ronde des Lutins

4:54
  Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Marsick'  
 

MANUEL DE FALLA

arr. Paul Kochanski
 

Suite populaire espagnole

12:20  
2 I El pano moruno 2:14
  Giusepe Guameri 'del gesu', 1737 'King Joseph'  
3 II Nana 2:18
  Antonio Stradivari, 1723 'Sassoon'  
4 III Cancion 1:26
  Antonio Stradivari, 1719 'Duke of Alba'  
5 IV Polo 1:20
  Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu', 1742 'Lord Wilton'  
6 V Asturiana 2:00
  Antonio Stradivari, 1709 'La Pucelle'  
7 VI Joya 3:01
  Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Baron Knoop'  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

8 

La Capricieuse

4:13
  Pietro Guarneri (Peter of Mantua), 1698 'Shapiro'  
 

CYRIL SCOTT

arr. Fritz Kreisler
9 

Lotus Land

5:03
  Giuseppe Guarneti 'del Gesu', 1737 'King Joseph'  
 

GRIGORAS DINICU

arr. Jascha Heifetz
10 

Hora staccato

1:59
  Antonio Stradivari, 1713 'Baron d'Assignies'  
 

MAURICE RAVEL

11 

Piece en forme de Habanera

3:08
  Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Marsick'  
 

HENRYK WIENIAWSKI

arr. Fritz Kreisler
12 

Etude-Caprice, Op. 18 No. 4

1:32
  Pietro Guarneri (Peter of Mantua), 1698 'Shapiro'  
 

JEAN SIBELIUS

13 

Mazurka, Op. 81 No. 1

2:36
  Antonio Stradivari, 1719 'Duke of Alba'  
 

MORITZ MOSZKOWSKI

arr. Pableo de Sarasate
14 

Guitarre

3:23
  Antonio Stradivari, 1713 'Baron d'Assignies'  
 

EDWARD ELGAR

15 

Salut d'amour

3:00
  Antonio Stradivari, 1709 'La Pucelle'  
 

FRITZ KREISLER

16 

Chanson Louis XIII and Pavanne

4:38
  Antonio Stradivari, 1733 'Sassoon'  
 

PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

17 

Melody, Op. 42 No. 3

3:37
  Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu', 1742 'Lord Wilton'  
 

MANUEL DE FALLA

arr. Fritz Kreisler
18 

Danse espagnole

3:34
  Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Baron Knoop'  
   
  Violas  
 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

19 

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

4:36
  Gasparo Bertolotti (Gasparo de Salo), ca. 1560  
 

ARTHUR BENJAMIN

arr. William Primrose
20 

Jamaican Rumba

1:48
  Giuseppe Guadagnini, 1793 'Rolla'  
 

FELICIEN DAVID

arr. Henri Vieuxtemps
21 

La Nuit

4:32
  Andrea Guarneri, 1676 'Count Vitale, ex Landau'  
   
  Comparison Tracks: Violins  
 

MAX BRUCH

 

Scottish Fantasy (excerpt)

9:11  
22 Pietro Guarneri (Peter of Mantua), 1698 'Shapiro' 1:01
23 Antonio Stradivari, 1709 'La Pucelle' 0:58
24 Antonio Stradivari, 1713 'Baron d'Assignies' 1:00
25 Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Marsick' 1:00
26 Antonio Stradivari, 1715 'Baron Knoop' 1:01
27 Antonio Stradivari, 1719 'Duke of Alba' 0:59
28 Antonio Stradivari, 1733 'Sassoon' 1:01
29 Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu', 1737 'King Joseph' 1:00
30 Giuseppe Guarneti 'del Gesu', 1742 'Lord Wilton' 1:02
   
  Comparison Tracks: Violas  
 

HECTOR BERLIOZ

 

Harold in Italy (excerpt)

4:20  
31 Gasparo Bertolotti (Gasparo da Salo), ca. 1560 1:26
32 Andrea Guarneri, 1676 'Count Vitale, ex Landau' 1:23
33 Giuseppe Guadagnini, 1793 'Rolla' 1:30


2008 Grammy and Gramophone Award winner James Ehnes pays tribute to the world’s most celebrated violin-makers in this unique ONYX project featuring performances on 12 of the greatest instruments ever made. The Fulton Collection is perhaps the most important private collection in the world and contains many examples of the legendary names Stradivari, Guarneri, da Salo and Guadagnini. For example, the priceless La Pucelle has never been heard in a recording, and the Lord Wilton was Yehudi Menuhin’s last instrument.
 
Ehnes performs 21 selections in a carefully planned recital programme specially chosen to suit each instrument and to work on its own terms. It finishes with a section comparing each instrument in an excerpt of the same piece, a unique opportunity to contrast the sound qualities of these spectacular instruments.
Ehnes says of the instruments: “I didn’t want to spare them a full workout. You wouldn’t be testing out NASCAR cars at 20 mph around your neighbourhood! I wanted to select repertoire that would show off their particular tonal characteristics and push them to the limit and of course, that pushed me to my limit as well."
       
 

"James Ehnes dazzles on this oustanding CD." "A miraculous recording – a must for any violinist or violin lover." *****

Chris Latham -  Limelight Magazine 19 January 2011
 


"A masterpiece is born"

John Terauds

Toronto Star - 25 October 2008

"American musician David Fulton has one of the world’s finest collections of priceless Stradivari and Guarneri violins and violas. A dozen of them are put through their paces by James Ehnes .... Ehnes has selected pieces from across the repertoire to show off the unique beauty of each instrument, and includes fascinating comparison tracks, playing a single phrase from Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy on nine violins and another from Berlioz’s Harold in Italy on three violas. The difference in tonal colour is extraordinary."
 

The Observer - 25 January 2008

"On his disc Homage (Onyx), award-winning Canadia violinist James Ehnes is given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record a private collection of rare violins and violas, the majority of them by Stradivari. His repertoire choices for each instrument are rewarding - including short works by Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Ravel - but it’s the ’compare and constrast’ section, in which he plays an identical piece on all the fiddles, that is most memorable and shows off the remarkable individuality of the instruments. A great recital and a fascinating lesson in musical history."

Warwick Thompson
 

Metro - 6 March 2009


                                         10 Performance  - 10 Sound

Christophe Huss

ClassicsToday.com - 1 December 2008



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