Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Elgar: Violin Sonata

Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Elgar: Violin Sonata

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by Maxim Vengerov
     
 

Dvorák's Violin Concerto is not as well known as his famous and more mature Cello Concerto, but it should be: The Violin Concerto is lush and richly sonorous, in the uniquely Romantic idiom of the great Czech composer, and it is the equal to the Cello Concerto in its dark attraction. Here Maxim Vengerov, the young Siberian…  See more details below

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Dvorák's Violin Concerto is not as well known as his famous and more mature Cello Concerto, but it should be: The Violin Concerto is lush and richly sonorous, in the uniquely Romantic idiom of the great Czech composer, and it is the equal to the Cello Concerto in its dark attraction. Here Maxim Vengerov, the young Siberian virtuoso, gives Dvorák's work an impassioned, vigorous performance accompanied by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. One might wish for more presence in the orchestral sound, but Vengerov more than makes up for this quibble with his full-bodied, vital playing. Edward Elgar's Sonata for Violin and Piano rounds out the second half of the disc, and although pairing Elgar with Dvorák might at first seem odd, the composers' works complement each other surprisingly well. They were not strangers: As a young musician, Elgar played violin under Dvorák's baton and was greatly impressed by the Bohemian's music (just as years earlier Dvorák had played violin under Wagner's direction and came under his inevitable spell). Elgar's sonata is a long way from "Pomp and Circumstance," and Dvorák might have heard hints of his influence in it. Revital Chachamov accompanies at the piano in this vivid reading of the English composer in his most continental vein.

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Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
This makes a winning coupling, unexpected though it may be. Maxim Vengerov, always an inspirational artist, gives positive, passionate performances of of both works, finding a purposeful logic in music that can in lesser hands seem wayward... The violin is beautifully caught, the darlingly wide dynamic and tonal range of Vengerov's playing on his 1723 Stradivarius being fully exploited.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2001
Label:
Teldec
UPC:
0745099630027
catalogNumber:
96300

Tracks

  1. Violin Concerto in A minor (2 versions), B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53)  - Antonin Dvorák  - Kurt Masur  -  New York Philharmonic  - Maxim Vengerov
  2. Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op.82  - Edward Elgar  - Revital Chachamov  - Maxim Vengerov

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Dvorak: Violin Concerto / Elgar: Violin Sonata 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vengerov plays with full zest and really makes the work greater than it is. Excellent sound!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vengerov is a superb technician and this is beautiful music played by an expert