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James Ehnes with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Violin Concerto of Britten & Shostakovich

Posted on 12 June 2013 by admin

James Ehnes ( January 27, 1976 ) is a Canadian concert violinist. He has an extensive discography of over 25 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. His recordings have won numerous awards and prizes, including 6 Junos, a Grammy, and a Gramophone Award. In October 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) from Brandon University and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. After a series of critically acclaimed recordings on Onyx, James Ehnes teams up with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and its charismatic music director Kirill Karabits in concertos by Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich. In this recording of concertos of Britten & Shostakovich, both are a truly symphonic work in scale – grand, dramatic…

Britten: Violin Concerto; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1

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Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 nominated for Ivor Novello Award?

Posted on 19 April 2013 by admin

The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the Cardiff-born entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards for songwriting and composing. They are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and were first introduced in 1955. In the 58th annual Ivor Novello Awards this year, Russian composer Shostakovich is one of the writers nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category at The Ivors after samples of his Symphony No. 7 were used in Plan B’s chart hit, Ill Manors, which uses the spiky violin melody from the fourth movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 to accompany a rap about social injustice and society’s attitude to the disadvantaged youth population of the UK.  Shostakovich is one of six writers to receive a credit for the song, which is nominated alongside other pop tracks by Emeli Sandé, alt-J, and Olly Murs. The ceremony will be held in London on Thursday May 16.

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 – Leningrad

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The Requiem of String Quartet, Jerusalem Quartet’s Shostakovich

Posted on 06 April 2013 by admin

Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets serve as both biography and reflections on his life.  No composer as him has put so much of himself into quartets, like a man writing his own obituary Dmitri Shostakovich composed his String Quartet No. 8 as a requiem for himself.

The Jerusalem Quartet record exclusively for Harmonia Mundi and their discs have been awarded with numerous prizes. In 2003 the Quartet were recipients of the first Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They were also part of the first ever BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 1999 to 2001. Their recording of Haydn’s String Quartets won the chamber category of the 2010 BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Diapason d’Or Arte, while their release of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet received an ECHO Klassik Award in 2009 and was featured as Editor’s Choice in the July 2008 edition of Gramophone Magazine.

This collection of String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich features recordings by the highly acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet from 2005 and 2007. Jerusalem Quartet’s performances  are in general the windows into Shostakovich’s soul.

Shostakovich: String Quartets Nos.1, 4, 6, 8, 9 & 11

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