[ Onyx / 2 CD/DVD ]
Release Date: Sunday 14 December 2008
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"Ehnes takes us to encore heaven, stringing them out with endless flair played on a succession of priceless violins and violas from the Fulton Collection. He adores both the music and the instruments and you can see this on the accompanying DVD" (Herald)
DVD: 100 mins + extras (c30 mins)
DVD format: Region 0 (All Regions)/NTSC/Picture 16:9/ Sound LPCM Stereo 5.1 Surround
"Ehnes takes us to encore heaven, stringing them out with endless flair played on a succession of priceless violins and violas from the Fulton Collection. He adores both the music and the instruments and you can see this on the accompanying DVD, when he dashes off Elgar's La Capricieuse on a 1698 violin and tugs at the heartstrings with Vaughan Williams' Greensleeves on a mellow 1590 viola" (NZ Herald)
Gramophone Magazine: DVD of the Month - March 2009
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."
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
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