Beethoven - Violin Concerto, 2 Romances; Schubert - Rondo | Onyx ONYX4167

Beethoven - Violin Concerto, 2 Romances; Schubert - Rondo

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4167

Barcode: 0880040416722

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th October 2017

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Beethoven’s Violin Concerto represents the supreme challenge for violinists. Far from being a virtuoso display piece, this is chamber music on a large scale, the last and greatest ‘classical’ violin concerto, giving the soloist no place to hide with a solo part that is often very exposed against sparse orchestral accompaniment. A lukewarm reception at the concerto’s premiere in 1806 led to it being forgotten until Joseph Joachim resurrected it in the 1850s and restored it to its rightful position as one of the greatest and most popular concertos for the instrument. This is James Ehnes’s first recording of this concerto, and he is supported sensitively by the award winning RLPO and fellow violinist-turned-conductor, Andrew Manze. The combination of soloist, orchestra and conductor on this recording is a dream team.

“[Kreutzer Sonata] Ehnes and Armstrong are ravishing in the slow movement, truly molto espressivo, while a sense of playfulness is apparent in every bar of the finale, setting the seal on a compelling addition to Ehnes and Armstrong's remarkable discography” – Gramophone (ONYX4170)


Technically, Ehnes’s playing is a marvel. The various extended trills in the first movement are so lightly and evenly articulated as to suggest a heart aflutter. He can whip up excitement, as he does with finely honed precision in the two Kreisler cadenzas. But, really, it’s his – and Manze’s – thoughtfulness and patience that make this recording so satisfying. ... Ehnes and Manze have given us a Beethoven Concerto to stand among the very best.  Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone November 2017

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