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Lyricism & Energy Abound in 20th-Century Works

Magazine article Strings

Lyricism & Energy Abound in 20th-Century Works

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LYRICISM & ENERGY ABOUND IN 20TH-CENTURY WORKS

Canadian violinist James Ehnes lights up Prokofiev

Prokofiev once praised Josef Szigeti's 1928 Paris performance of his First Violin Concerto as "clear, logical and all as if laid out on a plate ... the best performance I have heard so far."

On this two-CD set of Prokofiev's complete music for violin, Canadian virtuoso James Ehnes achieves an equivalently clear and logical 21st-century effect, underlaid by the liquid tone and color of his 1715 "Marsick" Stradivari, which knits together and deepens the frequent musical narratives of alternating lyricism and energy.

In the two Concertos, Op. 19 and Op. 63, it's as if the solo part were being traced with a warm and involving laser, aimed at going expressively far beyond the simple notes in the score.

Ehnes' accuracy in the Scherzo Vivacissimo of Op. …

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