Phénoménal Vengerov!

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
"Phénoménal Vengerov!" proclaims the cover of this budget box set, and for a one-word description that's not bad. Gifted with classic dark Slavic good looks, this Russian in fact, Siberian violinist has technique in abundance. In the music collected here, recorded for EMI between his signing in 2000 and an arm injury that temporarily sidelined him in 2006 and somewhat redirected his career, he's not so much a member of the "Russian school." In fact, the only Russian music on the three CDs is a transcription of the Rachmaninov "Vocalise." Instead, Vengerov is a steely technical wizard. He plays with a bow that belonged to Jascha Heifetz, and of the great masters Heifetz is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
"Phénoménal Vengerov!" proclaims the cover of this budget box set, and for a one-word description that's not bad. Gifted with classic dark Slavic good looks, this Russian in fact, Siberian violinist has technique in abundance. In the music collected here, recorded for EMI between his signing in 2000 and an arm injury that temporarily sidelined him in 2006 and somewhat redirected his career, he's not so much a member of the "Russian school." In fact, the only Russian music on the three CDs is a transcription of the Rachmaninov "Vocalise." Instead, Vengerov is a steely technical wizard. He plays with a bow that belonged to Jascha Heifetz, and of the great masters Heifetz is the one he most resembles. EMI did well to place him in spectacular repertory of the late 19th century, and the price of the third CD in the set, filled with encore-type pieces, is worth the cost of the whole. The first CD combines Beethoven with Kreisler's "Liebesleid" and "Liebesfreud," and the Beethoven is the only real mainstream repertory item included. The Saint-Saëns "Violin Concerto No. 3" is a showcase of French technique, and it and the fearsome "Scherzo-tarantelle" of Henryk Wieniawski are fine examples of Vengerov's ability to carry a long line through fingerwork speed bumps. A worthwhile collection that will probably fill holes on the shelves of those who enjoy this new Russian star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099902647722
  • Catalog Number: 26477
  • Sales rank: 76,319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Symphony Orchestra (46:46)
  2. 2 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40 - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Symphony Orchestra (8:28)
  3. 3 Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 - Ludwig van Beethoven & London Symphony Orchestra (10:06)
  4. 4 Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Maxim Vengerov (3:26)
  5. 5 Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Maxim Vengerov (3:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1–5 Symphonie espagnole, for violin & orchestra in D minor, Op. 21 - Edouard Lalo & Antonio Pappano (34:32)
  2. 6–8 Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Antonio Pappano (29:27)
  3. 7 Tzigane, rhapsodie de concert, for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Maurice Ravel & Antonio Pappano (9:46)
  4. 8 Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (4:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Maxim Vengerov (6:17)
  2. 2 Estrellita for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Manuel Ponce & Maxim Vengerov (3:41)
  3. 3 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in A major, WoO 1/7 - Johannes Brahms & Maxim Vengerov (2:16)
  4. 4 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1 - Johannes Brahms & Maxim Vengerov (3:31)
  5. 5 Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/5 - Johannes Brahms & Maxim Vengerov (2:37)
  6. 6 Perpetuum Mobile, conzert caprice for violin & orchestra, Op. 5/4 - Ottokar Novacek & Maxim Vengerov (2:53)
  7. 7 Humoresque No. 7 for piano in G flat major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7) - Antonin Dvorák & Maxim Vengerov (3:24)
  8. 8–10 Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Maxim Vengerov (18:10)
  9. 9 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Maxim Vengerov (5:51)
  10. 10 La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op. 25 - Antonio Bazzini & Maxim Vengerov (5:29)
  11. 11 Gayane, ballet in 4 acts: La danse du sabre - Aram Khachaturian & Maxim Vengerov (2:25)
  12. 12 Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thäis") - Jules Massenet & Maxim Vengerov (6:05)
  13. 13 Csárdás, for violin & orchestra - Vittorio Monti & Maxim Vengerov (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxim Vengerov Primary Artist
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