Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 - 3 James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827): Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1:
- 1Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: I. Allegro con brio08:47
- 2Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: II. Tema con Variazioni. Andante con moto06:42
- 3Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12/1: III. Rondo. Allegro04:50
- Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12/2:
- 4Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12/2: I. Allegro vivace06:45
- 5Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12/2: II. Andante più tosto allegretto05:00
- 6Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12/2: III Allegro piacevole05:12
- Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3:
- 7Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: I. Allegro con spirit08:21
- 8Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: II. Adagio con molto espressione05:37
- 9Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12/3: III. Rondo. Allegro molto04:21
- 1012 Variations in F on "Se vuol ballare" from Mozart's Opera Le nozze di Figaro, WoO 4010:41
Info zu Beethoven: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 - 3
The second volume of the Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle, from James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong,follows the critically acclaimed release of sonatas nos. 6 &9 ‘Kreutzer’.
“Ehnes and Armstrong are stunningly responsive in the finale,” (op.47) and “ravishing in the slow movement” (op.30/1), said Gramophone of the earlier album, concluding the review by describing it as “a compelling addition to Ehnes and Armstrong’s remarkable discography.”
This new album contains the three early op.12 sonatas (which Beethoven dedicated to his teacher Antonio Salieri) and ends with the early variations from a theme from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong, piano
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 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 2016-2017 season James continues his cross-Canada recital tour in celebration of his 40th birthday, performs the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas in Stresa, Montreux, Los Angeles, Liverpool, and Amsterdam, and joins the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on a tour of China and the National Arts Centre Orchestra on a tour of Eastern Canada. James also holds artist residencies with the Melbourne Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, and the Scotia Festival, undertakes two tours with the Ehnes Quartet, and leads the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.
New and upcoming CD releases include a disc of works by Debussy, Respighi, Elgar and Sibelius as well as a recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 9 with pianist Andrew Armstrong, the Sibelius and Schubert “Death and the Maiden” quartets with the Ehnes Quartet, and the complete works of Beethoven for violin and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Andrew Manze. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a GRAMMY, a Gramophone, and 11 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 received honorary doctorates from Brandon University and the University of British Columbia 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. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his family.