Janáček: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 James Ehnes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Edward Gardner
- Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928):
- 1Jealousy, JW VI/1005:30
- 2Violin Concerto, JW IX/10 "Wandering of a Little Soul" (Completed by L. Faltus & M. Stedron)12:05
- 3The Ballad of Blaník, JW VI/1607:43
- The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14:
- 4The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Con moto -04:57
- 5The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Larghetto -05:48
- 6The Fiddler's Child, JW VI/14: Allegro02:02
- The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. Faltus):
- 7The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. Faltus): I. Andante03:33
- 8The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. Faltus): II. Un poco più mosso04:55
- 9The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. Faltus): III. Allegro03:09
- 10The Danube, JW IX/7 (Completed by M. Stedron & L. Faltus): IV. Allegretto04:22
- Taras Bulba, JW VI/15:
- 11Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: I. Death of Andrij08:07
- 12Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: II. The Death of Ostap05:26
- 13Taras Bulba, JW VI/15: III. The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba09:08
Info for Janáček: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
This is the second volume in our series devoted to the orchestral works of Janácek, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner. The repertoire on this disc includes some of the greatest programmatic pieces by the composer.
Unsurprisingly, the first piece featured here is Jealousy – his first declared piece of programme music, originally written to preface the opera Jenufa but never included in any production of it during his lifetime. Both The Ballad of Blaník and The Fiddler’s Child (also known as a ‘ballad for orchestra’) are characterised by the use of musicals symbols, reflecting the Czech poems on which the pieces are based and also some of the composer’s personal reflections and responses.
The one-movement Violin Concerto The Wandering of a Little Soul is a more mysterious piece, with uncertainties surrounding the title, the date of creation, and the goals of its composition. Like the unfinished Danube symphony, the version recorded here has been reconstructed by Miloš Štedron and Leoš Faltus from Janácek’s sketches.
An interpretation of the famous tale by Gogol, Taras Bulba was completed in 1915 and was Janácek’s most substantial orchestral work to date. It is inflected with folk dances, battle and horse-riding music, suffering and love, and brought to a grandiloquent apotheosis, in orchestration of almost cinematic vividness.
"At the end of my review of the previous instalment in this series I suggested that this Gardner survey of Janácek’s orchestral music could be rewarding to follow. This very fine release more than confirms that judgement. The performances are uniformly excellent, the notes are ideal and the sound is magnificent, even by the usual high Chandos standards. All in all this is a compelling package for Janácek enthusiasts and Volume 3 is eagerly awaited." (John Quinn, MusicWeb-International)
"James Ehnes’s silky playing is welcome in the incomplete Violin Concerto, and the translucent orchestral playing, plus Chandos’s silvery, transparent recorded sound(so different from its usual warm fullness) brings the piece to life as never before..." (James H North, Fanfare)
James Ehnes, violin
Melina Mandozzi, violin
Susanna Andersson, soprano
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
In the 2013-2014 season James performs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, Belgium, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Australia. Season highlights include concerts with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, and a three-week residency in Melbourne, as well as performances in London, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Brussels, Prague, Tel Aviv, and Moscow. An avid chamber musician, Ehnes will tour with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and lead the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.
James Ehnes has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. Recent projects include a disc featuring concertos by Britten and Shostakovich, three CDs of the music of Béla Bartók as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky’s complete oeuvre for violin. Upcoming releases include a double CD of the complete violin works by Prokofiev and a recording of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto paired with Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7&8. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 7 Juno Awards.
James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. James has been honoured by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians.
James Ehnes plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.