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James Ehnes
Homage [CD/DVD]

Violins
1 BAZZINI La Ronde des Lutins 4.54  
2-7 FALLA Suite populaire espagnole  (arr. Kochanski) 12.17
8  ELGAR La Capricieuse 4.13
9  SCOTT  Lotus Land  (arr. Kreisler) 5.00
10 DINICU Hora Staccato (arr. Heifetz )1.59
11 RAVEL Pièce en forme de Habanera 3.06
12 WIENIAWSKI Étude-Caprice (arr. Kreisler) 1.32
13 SIBELIUS Mazurka op. 81 no.1  2.36
14 MOSZKOWSKI Guitarre (arr. Sarasate) 3.23
15 ELGAR Salut d'Amour 2.57
16 KREISLER Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane 4.38
17 TCHAIKOVSKY Melody op. 42 No. 3
18 FALLA Danse Espagnole (arr. Kreisler) 3.34

Violas
19 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Greensleeves” 4.34
20 BENJAMIN Jamaican Rumba (arr. Primrose) 1.48
21 DAVID La Nuit  (arr. Vieuxtemps) 4.32
Bonus comparison tracks
22-30 BRUCH Scottish Fantasy (exc - all 9 violins) 9.11
31-33 BERLIOZ Harold in Italy (exc - all 3 violas)  4.20
 
Violins
Stradivari: 1709 "La Pucelle” (6,15); 1713 "Baron d'Assignies” (10,14); 1715 "Marsick” (1,11); 1715 "Baron Knoop” (7,18); 1719  "Duke of Alba” (4.13); 1733 "Sassoon” (3,16); Pietro Guarneri 1698 "Shapiro” (8,12); Guarneri del Gesù: 1737 "King Joseph” (2,9); 1742 "Lord Wilton” (5,17)
Violas
Gasparo da Salò: c.1560 (19); Andrea Guarneri 1676"Count Vitale, ex Landau” (21); Giuseppe Guadagnini: 1793 "Rolla” (20)
 
Eduard Laurel piano     
All instruments courtesy of the Fulton Collection
 
CD: 78.31 
DVD: 100 mins + extras (c30 mins)
DVD format: Region 0 (All Regions)/NTSC/Picture 16:9/ Sound LPCM Stereo 5.1 Surround  

Catalogue No: ONYX4038

2008 Grammy and Gramophone Award winner James Ehnes pays tribute to the world's most celebrated violin-makers in this unique ONYX project featuring performances on 12 of the greatest instruments ever made. The Fulton Collection is perhaps the most important private collection in the world and contains many examples of the legendary names Stradivari, Guarneri, da Salo and Guadagnini. For example, the priceless La Pucelle has never been heard in a recording, and the Lord Wilton was Yehudi Menuhin’s last instrument.
 
Ehnes performs 21 selections in a carefully planned recital programme specially chosen to suit each instrument and to work on its own terms. It finishes with a section comparing each instrument in an excerpt of the same piece, a unique opportunity to contrast the sound qualities of these spectacular instruments.
Ehnes says of the instruments: "I didn't want to spare them a full workout. You wouldn't be testing out NASCAR cars at 20 mph around your neighbourhood! I wanted to select repertoire that would show off their particular tonal characteristics and push them to the limit and of course, that pushed me to my limit as well."
 
The DVD has the complete performances plus spectacular close-ups of the instruments and substantial interview sequences  - Strads vs Guarneris, the importance of the bow, Ehnes’ relationship with the Fulton Collection and his preparation for the recording sessions.  David Fulton also talks about his passion for collecting these rare instruments.
 
The highly collectible package includes detailed notes by Ehnes himself. The DVD is being sold to television worldwide and this is a landmark recording for all lovers of great instruments and of course great playing: As Fulton says  "Ehnes is the only one who could have done this and is today’s David Oistrakh.”

Watch a video about this release here.

 

 

 

 

 


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Track Number
Title
Duration
MP3
1
Bazzini, Antonio
La Ronde des Lutins
04:54
2
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): I El Paño Moruno
02:15
3
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): II Nana
02:20
4
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): III Canción
01:25
5
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): IV Polo
01:21
6
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): V Asturiana
02:00
7
Falla, Manuel de
Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): VI Jota
03:00
8
Elgar, Edward
La Capricieuse
04:14
9
Scott, Cyril
Lotus Land (arr. Kreisler)
05:04
10
Dinicu, Grigoraş
Hora Staccato (arr. Heifetz)
02:00
11
Ravel, Maurice
Pièce en forme de Habanera
03:09
12
Wieniawski, Henryk
Étude-Caprice (arr. Kreisler)
01:33
13
Sibelius, Jean
Mazurka op. 81 no.1
02:37
14
Moszkowski, Moritz
Guitarre (arr. Sarasate)
03:23
15
Elgar, Edward
Salut d'Amour
03:01
16
Kreisler, Fritz
Chanson Louis XIII and Pavane
04:40
17
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
Melody op. 42 No. 3
03:37
18
Falla, Manuel de
Danse Espagnole (arr. Kreisler)
03:35
19
Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Greensleeves
04:37
20
Benjamin, Arthur
Jamaican Rumba (arr. Primrose)
01:49
21
David, Félicien
La Nuit (arr. Vieuxtemps)
04:48
22
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Pietro Guarneri (Peter of Mantua) 1698 'Shapiro'
01:01
23
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1709 'La Pucelle'
00:58
24
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1713 'Baron d'Assignies'
01:00
25
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1715 'Marsick'
01:00
26
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1715 'Baron Knoop'
01:01
27
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1719 'Duke of Alba'
00:59
28
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Antonio Stradivari 1733 'Sassoon'
01:01
29
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu' 1737 'King Joseph'
01:01
30
Bruch, Max
Scottish Fantasy (excerpt): Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesu' 1742 'Lord Wilton'
01:02
31
Berlioz, Hector
Harold in Italy (excerpt): Gasparo Bertolotti ca. 1560
01:36
32
Berlioz, Hector
Harold in Italy (excerpt): Andrea Guarneri 1676 'Count Vitale ex Landau'
01:23
33
Berlioz, Hector
Harold in Italy (excerpt): Giuseppe Guadagnini 1793 'Rolla'
01:30

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Title
Duration
Complete/Excerpt
Listen
1. Falla: Suite populaire espagnole (arr. Kochanski): V Asturiana
1:05
Excerpt
2. Elgar: La Capricieuse
1:54
Excerpt
3. Scott: Lotus Land (arr. Kreisler)
1:33
Excerpt
4. Dinicu: Hora Staccato (arr. Heifetz)
0:58
Excerpt
5. Vaughan Williams: “Greensleeves”
2:00
Excerpt