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Best of Maxim Vengerov
     

The Best of Maxim Vengerov

by Maxim Vengerov
 
Even though you get 11 CDs for your $75 here, you don't really get the promised "best of Maxim Vengerov." This box set merely collects a large amount of material from early in the Russian violinist's career -- not in itself a bad thing, for Vengerov was one of the hottest young violinists of the 1990s, with a fearsome technique and a good deal of symphony-hall

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Even though you get 11 CDs for your $75 here, you don't really get the promised "best of Maxim Vengerov." This box set merely collects a large amount of material from early in the Russian violinist's career -- not in itself a bad thing, for Vengerov was one of the hottest young violinists of the 1990s, with a fearsome technique and a good deal of symphony-hall charisma. The set augments a selection of Vengerov's studio recordings with live concerts, creating a set of materials that would probably be hard to bring together in any other way. But it is only Vengerov's recordings for Teldec that are compiled here. His relationship with that label ended in the year 2000, and he has only kept raising the bar since then -- taking up the Baroque violin (and touring with harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock, who also took up the modern grand piano) and the viola, and delving into more unusual repertoire. On these 11 discs he runs straight up the middle of the violin repertory, with a preponderance of Russian material. Those enamored of this Russian star may want to have this set, but the general listener exploring his work is advised to make individual selections that better represent the various aspects of his work.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646378029
catalogNumber:
63780

Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & piano No. 5 in F major ("Spring"), Op. 24
  2. Sonata for violin & piano No. 26 in B flat major, K. 378 (K. 317d)
  3. Sonata for violin & piano in F major
  4. Sonata for violin & piano No. 9 in A major ("Kreutzer"), Op. 47
  5. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 2 in A major ("Thun"), Op. 100
  6. Polonaise (No. 1) de concert, for violin & orchestra in D major, Op. 4
  7. I palpiti, introduction & variations on "Di tanti palpiti" from Rossini's "Tancredi," for violin & orchestra, Op 13, MS 77
  8. Légende, for violin & orchestra (or piano) in G minor, Op. 17
  9. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  10. Baal Shem: 3 pictures of Hassidic life, for violin & piano (or orchestra): 2. Nigun
  11. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: 2. Scherzo
  12. Souvenir d'un lieu cher, for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 42: 3. Mélodie
  13. Tambourin Chinois for violin & piano, Op 3
  14. Theme and Variations, for violin & piano, I/10
  15. Caprice Viennois for violin & piano/orchestra, Op.2
  16. Caprice basque, for violin & piano, Op 24
  17. La Ronde des Lutins, scherzo fantastique for violin & piano, Op 25
  18. Violin Concerto No.1 in E flat major (usually transposed to D major), Op. 6, MS 21
  19. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, for violin & orchestra in A minor, Op. 28
  20. Havanaise, in E major for violin & piano (or orchestra), Op. 83
  21. Carmen Fantasy for violin & orchestra
  22. Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26
  23. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
  24. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19
  25. Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (published as Op. 99)
  26. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
  27. Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82
  28. Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
  29. Violin concerto, Op. 33 (FS 61)
  30. Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
  31. Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129
  32. Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  33. Sonata for Violin & Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
  34. Violin Concerto in A minor, B. 96/B. 108 (Op. 53)
  35. Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82

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