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Bach & Beethoven / Maxim Vengerov, violin; Itamar Golan, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
>Wieniawski, Henryk : Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16
>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
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Notes & Reviews:

A virtuoso of legendary renown, Maxim Vengerov is acclaimed as a musician of the highest order.

Following a prodigious debut at the age of five, he has enjoyed a successful career throughout the world and, over the past quarter-century, has been internationally celebrated as a violinist, teacher and conductor.

His return to Wigmore Hall in April 2012 will be remembered as one of the great landmarks of the London concert season, as he performed cornerstones of the violin repertoire to a sold-out Hall, confirming his reputation as one of the world's most dynamic artists.

With a warm, rich tone, he created a personal and intimate atmosphere from the very beginning of Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor, which opened the recital. Playful and searching, his soulful outpourings and refined expression resonated deeply though every movement.

Vengerov was joined by recital partner Itamar Golan for a fiery and adventurous performance of Beethoven's 'Kreuzer' sonata. With an energetic approach, this shining rendition presented both musicians as equal partners in the magnificent masterwork, their ensemble fresh and conversational throughout.

The blazing passion is almost tangible in the two encores, Hungarian Dance No. 1 by Brahms, and Scherzo-Tarantella by Wienawski, as Vengerov's true virtuosity was fully unleashed to awe-inspiring effect. Marking his much anticipated return to the performance platform, this recording is an absolute 'must-have'.

The Guardian
... this was formidable music-making in which scale and prowess blended to produce edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Slipped Disc
... power and passion, humor, lightness and grace, brilliant virtuosity and deep musicianship all played their part to create a miraculous procession of musical jewels.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
The Kreutzer Sonata is even more satisfying. Vengerov and Golan are clearly a duo, with Golan allowed to dominate whenever the music demands it, and they have worked out each passage for maximum dramatic effect, which works especially well in I. The next two works are crowd pleasers that were probably played as encores. The Scherzo- Tarantelle is one of Wieniawski's most exciting pieces, and the Brahms is bold and red-blooded. This recital was recorded in Wigmore Hall on April 5, 2012. The sound is quite good.

BBC Music Magazine, March 2013
He takes a while to warm up in the Bach Partita, and the opening Allemanda sounds cautious at first...The great final Chaconne has some awkward moments, not least in pacing and tonal firmness, though there are magical changes of colour. In the Beethoven there's more consistency...I imagine this was a thrilling concert.

Financial Times, 9th February 2013
Is Vengerov as good as he ever was? Time will tell. His Bach starts off tentative and effortful, before relaxing into the soulful Sarabanda and Ciaccona - the opposite of the fast, flashy style with which he previously dazzled...it's only in the Wieniawski and Brahms encores that he switches on the gas.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
The playing throughout this disc is vastly sinuous; and though this may not be a seismic shift from his previous style, there is still a sense that he's shed the need to sound merely pretty in order to get closer to the scale and importance of the music.

The Arts Desk, 16th February 2013
Vengerov opened the recital with Bach's D minor Partita. In a reading that's one of the best out there - big-boned, justifiably confident and played with a swagger commensurate with this player's talent. This is flawless violin playing - the double stops in the Corrente so easily achieved, the fourth movement's Giga graceful and witty...Essential listening.

The Observer, 3rd February 2013
His sell-out return to Wigmore Hall in April last year was as thrilling as everyone hoped. The evidence is here: opening with Bach's Partita No 2 in D minor for solo violin, the Soviet-born musician combines impeccable technique with a golden, powerful tone, muscular and sturdy but lithe too, without excessive ornament.

The Strad, April 2013
The technical perfection he displays in is performance of Bach's Second Partita surpasses most of those set down in the studio.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London (04/05/2012).


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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer"
  • Performers: Itamar Golan (Piano); Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803

>Wieniawski, Henryk : Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performers: Itamar Golan (Piano); Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855

>Brahms, Johannes : Hungarian Dance for piano, 4 hands, in G minor, WoO 1/1
  • Performers: Itamar Golan (Piano); Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1868