James Ehnes (CAN)

James Ehnes


‘A lone figure on a completely empty stage, Ehnes required nothing but his performance with which to captivate the audience.’ – The Age

Bach’s solo violin works are some of music’s most valuable treasures. While they are the product of the Baroque, their timeless beauty and intellectual rigour resonate today. Each has a unique character: the effervescent joy of E major, the stately grace of C major and – at the very pinnacle of the repertoire – the tragic and labyrinthine D minor. The culmination and core of that suite of dances is the majestic Chaconne, a set of virtuoso variations whose transcendence has never been surpassed. The magnetic James Ehnes is justly acclaimed for his performance of these masterworks, so when he and his 1715 Stradivarius meet Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, expect to be spellbound.

From Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire:
‘Grammy-award winning violinist James Ehnes is returning to Melbourne Recital Centre in a program exploring the solo works of J.S. Bach. Acclaimed for this dazzling technique and passionate, expressive playing, this is a musician with a singularly elegant musical voice. His solo Bach playing is simply sublime.’

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre



James Ehnes (CAN), violin


J.S. Bach
Partita No.3 for solo violin in E, BWV 1006
Sonata No.3 for solo violin in C, BWV 1005
Partita No.2 for solo violin in D minor, BWV 1004

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Great Performers 2018

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