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James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, at age nine he became a protege of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his ... Read more in Amazon's James Ehnes Store

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  • Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Composer: Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (5 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Onyx Classics
  • ASIN: B005X0NRXY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderatoJames Ehnes, Sydney Symphony18:28Album Only
  2. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: II. Canzonetta. AndanteJames Ehnes, Sydney Symphony 5:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35: III. Finale. Allegro vivacissimoJames Ehnes, Sydney Symphony10:09Album Only
  4. Sérénade mélancolique, Op. 26James Ehnes, Sydney Symphony 9:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Valse-Scherzo for Violin and Orchestra in C, Op. 34James Ehnes, Sydney Symphony 8:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, Op. 42: I. MéditationJames Ehnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, Op. 42: II. ScherzoJames Ehnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher, Op. 42: III. MélodieJames Ehnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Concerto pour violon, op.25 - Sérénade mélancolique, op.26 - Valse-scherzo, op.34 - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, op.42 / James Ehnes, violon - Sydney Symphony - Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano & direction


Ehnes s virtuosity impresses on account of its virtue. He makes a ravishing sound and meets every technical challenge thrown at him with utterly reliable intonation, tonal consistency and beautifully controlled articulation. What distinguishes him, however, is an almost self-effacing intelligence. In the concerto and in the less familiar, smaller-scale works that fill the rest of this disc, there is every opportunity for expressive self-indulgence, yet, while not rejecting Tchaikovsky the Romantic, Ehnes remembers that this music is founded in the clarity and balance of classicism. It s a viewpoint apparently shared by the fine Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy. --Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times, 8 January 2012

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grufflybear on 18 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is such a familiar concerto that I really wondered if I wanted yet another recording. James Ehnes other recordings have all been so enjoyable that I decided to add this one; He brings freshness and innate musicality to the piece so that I was engaged from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed it. As always he avoids self indulgence and seems to communicate the heart of the music. So, no matter how many times you have heard this piece this new recording is definitely one to choose.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hype from critics doesn't help a very nice, musical account of the Tchaikovsky 11 Jun. 2012
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James Ehnes, now 36, shares a surprising birthplace with Malcolm Lowe, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony - both were born in Manitoba. This may not be as surprising as if Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninov came from North Dakota, but I'm impressed. Ehnes is a graceful, very agreeable violinist who has benefited, so far as I can tell, from Commonwealth pride; he is traversing the standard concerto repertoire in a series of releases that more famous virtuosos on the international circuit would envy, and each has been greeted by the Gramophone with unstinting praise. I just can't figure out why.

For any non-Russian violinist to make headway in their career is a feat right now, but Ehnes isn't charismatic or powerful; he's a good musician with accomplished technique yet very little fire. Halfway through the first movement of the Tchaikovsky concerto, where everything unfolds according to plan, my attention wasn't wandering, which is a good sign, and this CD certainly has excellent sound, which brings forward Ehnes's smooth, sweet tone. Ashkenazy holds up his end as conductor; I don't think anyone ever accomplishes much with the accompaniment beyond Fritz Reiner in the blazing account by Heifetz on RCA Living Stereo.

The slow movement finds ehnes dropping a bit, and the finale, which comes off the best, arouses some intensity form him. If you want this music to flow and sing, Ehnes would be a good choice. But there's a legacy of virtuosic thrills from Oistreakh, Heifetz. Vengerov, and many other luminaries that this recording cannot rival. As for the fillers, it's nice to bundle Tchaikovsky's collected works for violin and orchestra, but noting rises to the level of the concerto. The best feature about these occasional pieces is the composer's unquenchable melodic gift. I think that Ehnes himself is at is best singing a tender lyrical line.
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