Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Viola Concerto
James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Gianandrea Noseda
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Not “the one” anymore
Isabelle Faust’s recording of the Bartok concerti from last year (also available on iTunes) is quite clearly superior to this one. (Plus, if you’re in the habit of reading these reviews, you wouldn’t trust Boolez anyway, would you?)
Mr. Ehnes is one of the hardest working men in Classical Music, his sublime recordings are a testement to his hard work. This is THE ONE.
Ehnes' Bartok album is among the best on record. This will be sure to land him a Grammy. His tone, rhythm, and overall vision is without peer. His viola playing is among the best, making the instrument sound almost musical. This recording is destined to become the reference recording for decades to come. -Bz