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Chamber Music - Released September 3, 2013 | Chandos

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Canadian violinist James Ehnes has become a familiar sight in British recording catalogs, with technically suave performances that don't draw too much attention to themselves. In Prokofiev, with his combination of formal gravity, virtuosity, crystalline, balanced lyricism, and a bit of dark humor, Ehnes finds his ideal creative match. There's not really any reason to do all of Prokofiev's violin music together as a set; it comes from various stages of the composer's career and is not really linked by any creative principle. The concertos are substantial pieces with gorgeous melodies for slow movements, the equal of any in Prokofiev's output. The sonatas are virtuoso pieces written with the great David Oistrakh in mind. There are a spare duo sonata, a solo sonata written for students, and a light set of Five Melodies for violin and piano. What holds it all together is simply that Ehnes' performances are brilliantly idiomatic to the music. The long, complex lines of the concertos seem inevitable in his hands, and the slow finale of the Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 19, is achingly beautiful. Ehnes puts on a reasonable facsimile of Oistrakh's rich tone in the sonatas, and each of the smaller pieces emerges as an individual statement. Strongly recommended.
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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2013 | Chandos Records

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Classical - Released January 3, 2012 | Chandos Records

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Violin Concertos - Released September 6, 2011 | Chandos Records

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Classical - Released October 1, 2013 | Chandos Records

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Concertos - Released October 20, 2017 | Onyx Classics

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Classical - Released January 25, 2011 | Analekta

Selections: The Best of James Ehnes has such a modest title and appearance that it might slip by unnoticed, but don't let it, because there is compelling music on this greatest-hits CD that warrants serious attention. Drawn from six of the seven albums Ehnes recorded for Analekta since 2000, this sampler reveals his extraordinary skills in excerpts from the sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach, recital favorites by Antonin Dvorák, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Jules Massenet, and popular encores by Fritz Kreisler, all central pieces in the violinist's repertoire. Ehnes' vibrant tone, smooth bowing, and crisp articulation heighten his expression and lend his phrases a distinctiveness that shows scrupulous attention to each note. Yet this album wasn't intended as a showcase only for his technique because the program offers little in the way of flashy virtuosity, but above all emphasizes Ehnes musicality. Only Kreisler's Tambourin Chinois can be said to merely be a showstopper, and it is surrounded by mostly character pieces and substantial movements that demonstrate more intellectual or lyrical sides of his playing. Listeners who already know Ehnes' exceptional gifts may recommend this disc to friends, and newcomers to his artistry should definitely try out some of the tracks to make his acquaintance.
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Classical - Released September 11, 2001 | Analekta

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | CBC

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | CBC

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Classical - Released March 18, 2016 | Onyx Classics

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Classical - Released July 31, 2015 | Analekta

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Classical - Released June 3, 2014 | Chandos Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | CBC

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Chamber Music - Released May 13, 2008 | Analekta

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