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James Ehnes, Dallas Symphony. Stellar in Kernis concerto / Texas Classical Review

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Aaron Jay Kernis's Violin Concerto, still hot off the press after a premiere in Toronto last month, sprawled across 25 minutes of dense orchestration and relentless virtuosity Thursday night in a performance by soloist James Ehnes and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Gustavo Gimeno. The first movement, titled Chaconne, opened with an explosion of percussion; Kernis clearly has no qualms about pitting a large, packed orchestra against a violin soloist, and Ehnes had no problem holding his against the large ensemble including full entourage of brass, wind, percussion, and keyboards.
 
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