Composer: James Newton Howard, Aaron Jay Kernis, Bramwell Tovey
Performer: James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong
Orchestra: Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Ludovic Morlot, Cristian Macelaru
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 1.21 GB
Kernis: Violin Concerto
01. I. Chaconne
02. II. Ballad
03. III. Toccatini
Howard: Violin Concerto
05. II. Andante semplice
06. III. Presto
07. Tovey: Stream of Limelight
Three works written for James Ehnes, and receiving their premiere recordings. James Newton Howard’s music will be familiar to movie fans the world over. His 120 film scores include ‘The Prince of Tides’, ‘Michael Clayton’, ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’, ‘The Village’, ‘Defiance’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ (the recording was produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett) and he is one of the most respected composers currently working in film. Commissioned to write a concerto for James Ehnes and the Pacific Symphony, Howard admitted to feeling ‘thrilled, excited, expectant and ultimately terrified’.
Pulitzer Prize (String Quartet No.2) winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis first composed for Ehnes in 2007 ‘Two movements (with Bells) and a few years later the violin concerto followed.
Bramwell Tovey and James Ehnes musical relationship goes back to 1990, and they have performed together countless times. Stream of Limelight gives James’s incredible technique ample opportunity to dazzle, and is a superb finale to this fascinating album of new compositions.