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Vengerov
     

Vengerov

by Maxim Vengerov
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2005
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724355791627
catalogNumber:
57916

Tracks

  1. Variations on an Original Theme, for violin & piano, Op. 15  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  2. Cantabile, for violin & piano (or guitar) in D major, (MS 109)  - Niccolò Paganini  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  3. Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  4. Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" for violin & piano  - Fritz Kreisler  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  5. Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  6. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  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  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  8. Introduction and Tarantella, for violin & orchestra, Op 43  - Pablo de Sarasate  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  9. Polonaise (No. 2) brillante, for violin & orchestra in A major, Op. 21  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  10. Scherzo-tarantelle, for violin & piano in G minor, Op. 16  - Henryk Wieniawski  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  11. Schindler's List, film score: Theme  - John Williams [composer]  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown
  12. Caprice After Saint-Säens' "Etude en forme de valse, No 6, Op 52" for violin & piano (or orchestra)  - Eugène Ysaÿe  - Maxim Vengerov  - Stuart Wilson  - Ian Brown

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