Vengerov

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
As if further proof were needed of the jaw-dropping abilities of Maxim Vengerov, this album, stuffed with virtuoso showstoppers, shows the Siberian violinist in a brilliant and technically dazzling light. Above all, it's the seeming effortlessness of his playing that astonishes; he can make even the most gnarly passages of Wieniawski's "Polonaise Brilliante" and Sarasate's "Introduction et Tarantelle," for instance, sound as relaxed as a Sunday stroll. But Vengerov is no mere showy technician, aloof and impassive, and to highlight the soulful side of his playing he has also woven several lyrical numbers into his program, including Paganini's "Cantabile," Kreisler's ...
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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
As if further proof were needed of the jaw-dropping abilities of Maxim Vengerov, this album, stuffed with virtuoso showstoppers, shows the Siberian violinist in a brilliant and technically dazzling light. Above all, it's the seeming effortlessness of his playing that astonishes; he can make even the most gnarly passages of Wieniawski's "Polonaise Brilliante" and Sarasate's "Introduction et Tarantelle," for instance, sound as relaxed as a Sunday stroll. But Vengerov is no mere showy technician, aloof and impassive, and to highlight the soulful side of his playing he has also woven several lyrical numbers into his program, including Paganini's "Cantabile," Kreisler's "Liebesleid," Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise," and the more up-to-date "Schindler's List Theme" by John Williams. Each sings tenderly in Vengerov's hands, sustained by the sensitive accompaniment of pianist Ian Brown. But as an exhibition of test-the-limits violin virtuosity, this disc is as spectacular as they come.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
What we have here is yet one more violin recital of mostly unbelievably familiar repertoire. It has incredibly difficult pieces by Sarasate and Wieniawski. It has exceedingly difficult pieces by Ysaÿe and Kreisler. It has exceptionally lovely arrangements of Rachmaninov's "Vocalise" and "18th Variation." It even has an extraordinarily touching arrangement of Williams' theme from Schindler's List. With a few additions and subtractions, this recital has appeared many, many times on recordings of one form of another since there have been recordings. There are only two differences. First, Maxim Vengerov is an astoundingly fine violinist with limitless technique, endless tone, and bottomless soul. In this recital, every piece is performed as well or better than the best performances in the history of recordings. Second, EMI has recorded Vengerov in sound of unimaginable presence and immediacy. In this recording, Vengerov and pianist Ian Brown sound as real as air and light. While there have been innumerable recordings of most of these works, this recording deserves to be heard.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
This mixture of fireworks and sweetmeats perfectly suits the showmanship of Maxim Vengerov.... Vengerov's brilliance, even in the most hair-raising writing, goes without saying.

This mixture of fireworks and sweetmeats perfectly suits the showmanship of Maxim Vengerov.... Vengerov's brilliance, even in the most hair-raising writing, goes without saying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724355791627
  • Catalog Number: 57916
  • Sales rank: 190,323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (12:54)
  2. 2 Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109) - Niccolò Paganini & Maxim Vengerov (3:49)
  3. 3 Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Maxim Vengerov (3:29)
  4. 4 Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano - Fritz Kreisler & Maxim Vengerov (3:22)
  5. 5 Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (6:00)
  6. 6 Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 - Sergey Rachmaninov & Maxim Vengerov (6:53)
  7. 7 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor, Op. 43: 18th variation - Sergey Rachmaninov & Maxim Vengerov (3:17)
  8. 8 Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op 43 - Pablo de Sarasate & Maxim Vengerov (5:23)
  9. 9 Polonaise (No. 2) brillante, for violin & orchestra in A major, Op. 21 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (9:10)
  10. 10 Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16 - Henryk Wieniawski & Maxim Vengerov (5:00)
  11. 11 Schindler's List, film score: Theme - John Williams [composer] & Maxim Vengerov (4:06)
  12. 12 Caprice After Saint-Säens' "Etude en forme de valse, No 6, Op 52" for violin & piano (or orchestra) - Eugène Ysaÿe & Maxim Vengerov (8:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maxim Vengerov Primary Artist
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