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Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin, review
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Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin, review

James Ehnes tackles Prokofiev - with brilliantly arresting results

3:00PM BST 04 Oct 2013

James Ehnes (violin), Amy Schwartz Moretti (violin), Andrew Armstrong (piano), BBC Philharmonic, cond Gianandrea Noseda

CHANDOS CHAN 10787(2), 2 CDs, £28.99

James Ehnes has recorded so much of the classic violin repertoire that it was odd to think that the music of Prokofiev might have so far passed him by, at least on disc. In fact he did release a CD of the two violin and piano sonatas, plus the Five Melodies Op 35bis, with the pianist Wendy Chen in 2000 on the Analekta label (FL 2 3145), but on this new two-CD set he runs the gamut of Prokofiev’s complete oeuvre for violin. Fresh interpretations of the sonatas and Five Melodies with his (now) regular pianist, Andrew Armstrong, occupy the second disc and make for compelling listening; on the first, the two concertos sit alongside the rarely heard Sonata for Two Violins Op 56 and the Sonata for Solo Violin Op 115.

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