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Khachaturian: Violin Concerto, Shostakovich: String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Mark Wigglesworth


James Ehnes

violin

Molinari Quartet



Venue:

Hamer Hall, Melbourne

14-16 November 2013

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington, USA

July 2013 (Shostakovich)

Producer:

Haig Burrell

(Khachaturian)

Simon Kiln

(Shostakovich)

Engineer:

Gary Havrillay & Nicholas Mierisch

(Khachaturian)

Simon Kiln

(Shostakovich)

Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

String Quartet


Violin

Total Time - 69:24
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ARAM KHACHATURIAN

 

Violin Concerto (1940)

 
1 I Allegro con fermezza 15:28
2 II Andante sostenuto 12:30
3 III Allegro vivace 9:51
   
 

DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH

 

String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor Op.108

 
4 I Allegro - 3:38
5 II Lento - 2:52
6 III Allegro - Allegretto - [Adagio] 5:15
   
 

String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110

 
7 I Largo 4:25
8 II Allegro molto - 2:46
9 III Allegretto - 4:32
10 IV Largo - 4:29
11 V Largo 3:38
  TT 69:24      
   
 James Ehnes violin
 Mark Wigglesworth
   


Khachaturian’s lyrical and highly virtuosic Violin Concerto was composed in 1940 for David Oistrakh. Armenian folk music mingles with Borodinesque romanticism, with the concerto rounded off by a dazzling finale that showcases James Ehnes’s technical prowess.

Shostakovich’s most famous string quartet, his Eighth, was dedicated to the victims of fascism and war. The terse Seventh is a deeply personal and anguished work dedicated to his deceased wife.

"...his [Ehnes] recorded legacy so far testifies to a remarkable, penetrating and communicative talent. That talent is certainly manifest again here in Khachaturian’s Concerto. The playing is lisson, spicy and lyrically luminous, completmented by the melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s lithe rhythms and seductive colouring under Mark Wigglesworth..."

Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone magazine - July 2014


                          **** (Excellent)

Massimo Viazzo - Musica magazine (Italy) - June 2014


"... The Khachaturian ... is a blast, its raucous optimism totally out of step with its time. James Ehnes’s total lack of inhibition is just what the work deserves, and this full-blooded performance is glorious... Ehnes’s own string quartet provide the couplings. Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 7 is an underrated, poignant gem ... The Eighth Quartet is more familiar - the opening paragraph given a welcome touch of warmth and humanity, the faster, sections dispatched with steely, reckless abandon. Fabulous, deep-toned cello playing from Robert deMaine adds to the impact of an earthy, profound performance."

Graham Rickson - The Arts Desk.com - 7 June 2014


 "... More Shostakovich from this talented quartet would be welcome,"

Mark Pullinger - International Record Review - June 2014




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