Maxim Vengerov, violin
Polina Osetinskaya, piano
|J.S. BACH||Violin Sonata in B minor, BWV 1014|
|BEETHOVEN||Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47, Kreutzer|
|SHOSTAKOVICH (arr. DREZNIN)||From Jewish Folk Poetry, Op. 79|
|TCHAIKOVSKY||Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42
Valse-Scherzo in C major, Op. 34
Russian-born Israeli violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov returns to Berkeley nearly 30 years after his Cal Performances debut, in a recital sparkling with expressive warmth and interpretive brilliance. The program showcases Vengerov’s fluid mastery in repertoire that ranges from Beethoven’s grand Kreutzer Sonata, to two elegant violin works by Tchaikovsky, to an instrumental arrangement of Shostakovich’s intimate song cycle From Jewish Folk Poetry. “His technical wizardry is accompanied by a big dose of heart. There’s nothing cerebral about his approach; rather, he seems instinctively to understand what makes the music go” (The Washington Post).
This performance is made possible, in part, by Taube Philanthropies. Support for the presentation of Israeli artists is provided by The Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust.