THE GREAT CANADIAN ARTISTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VIOLINIST JAMES EHNES

31/05/2017

James Ehnes in conversation with Geoffrey Newman

There are few more celebrated musicians in the world right now than Manitoba-born violinist James Ehnes; and few listeners have failed to succumb to his tonal luster, silken lyrical lines and insightful virtuosity. After initial training with Francis Chaplin, the violinist made his solo debut at age 13 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, followed by studies with Sally Thomas at Meadowmount and Juilliard (1993-97). Ehnes won the Peter Mennin Prize upon his Juilliard graduation, and subsequently received the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, in addition to the highest Canadian honours. A turning point in Ehnes’ recording career came in 2006-2007 when his ‘homegrown’ recording of the Barber, Korngold and Walton concertos with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (under Bramwell Tovey) won both Juno and Grammy awards. This was followed by the widely-praised Onyx recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis. Read more

A Well-Contrasted and Well-Planned BBCNOW Concert Concludes the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

31/05/2017

Vale of Glamorgan Festival [2] – Adams, Fitkin, Watkins: Sophie Westbrooke (recorder), Paul Watkins (cello), Apollon Musagète Quartet, BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tecwyn Evans (conductor). Vale of Glamorgan Festival at Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 26.5.2017. (PCG) Read more

Gilbert Brings New Works with Imagination and Wonder

31/05/2017

Brahms, Thorvaldsdottir, Salonen: Leonidas Kavakos (Violin), Anu Komsi and Piia Komse (Sopranos), New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert (Conductor), David Geffen Hall, New York City. 19.5.2017. (DS) Read more

Romanticism and a Recent Work from an Outstanding Quartet

31/05/2017

Jalbert, Brahms: Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregor Beaver, cello), Toddler Palmer (clarinet), The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 11.5.2017 (KG) Read more

A Mahler Third Presented in Surprising but Illuminating Colors

31/05/2017

Mahler: Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), Women of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir (Amanda Quist, director), The American Boychoir/Fernando Malvar-Ruiz (music director), Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor), Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, 20.5.2017. (BJ) Read more

Ideal Chamber Music-Making from the Zemlinsky Quartet

30/05/2017

Zemlinsky, Janáček: Zemlinsky Quartet (František Souček & Petr Střížek [violins], Petr Holman [viola], Vladimír Fortin [cello]), Wigmore Hall London, 29.5.2017. (CS) Read more

A Veritable Prospero of the Podium: Herbert Blomstedt with the Philharmonia in Canterbury

30/05/2017

Brahms, Beethoven: Martin Helmchen (piano), Philharmonia Orchestra / Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 28.5.2017. (CS)

Herbert Blomstedt: photo credit - Martin Lengemann.

Herbert Blomsted (c) Martin Lengemann

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Complementary Octets by Schubert and Widmann

29/05/2017

Schubert and Widmann: Boulez Ensemble, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin, 28.5.2017 (MB) Read more

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