Mythes: Szymanowski, Handel, etc. | Onyx ONYX4234

Mythes: Szymanowski, Handel, etc.


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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4234

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th July 2023



Composed in 1915, Szymanowski’s Mythes is a three-movement work consisting of miniature tone poems based on Greek mythology. Late romantic and impressionist in style, the composer’s travels to Sicily and North Africa without doubt influenced the exotic and sumptuous sound world he created in this work. Mythes is the opening work on this eclectic recital album from James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong. Also on this programme is Handel’s D major Violin Sonata – a once popular staple of the violin repertoire, now sadly seldom encountered. The album concludes with a selection of short and sparkly miniatures and encores. There are some old favourites here as well as new – James Newton Howard’s 133… At Least is dazzling!


‘Life-enhancing’ was how Richard Bratby described James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong’s Beethoven sonata cycle for Onyx on the release of the final volume (2/21). I’m tempted to say that their new album contains much that is equally remarkable, though it is very, very different. ... Mythes is all heightened sensuality and warmth, its heady atmosphere evoked through playing of extraordinary colour, detail and dexterity. There’s an unswerving unity of expression and purpose here.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone September 2023
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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