—The Guardian, London
The Russian-born violinist's entire programme breathed distinction, from the rich main course to the delightful sweetmeats.
Maxim Vengerov, violin
Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano
Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat major, K. 378
Violin Sonata in F major
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op 80
Mélodie and Scherzo from Souvenir d'un lieu cher
Known for his effortless virtuosity, Grammy Award-winning violinist Maxim Vengerov began his career as a child prodigy in late Soviet-era Russia, and was already hailed as one of the most outstanding violinists of his generation by his early 20s. Vengerov's performing career was sidelined by a shoulder injury for years, during which time he took up conducting; now he has returned to the stage, and by all accounts the master musician is playing better than ever. "Vengerov plays with such innate ease that difficulty doesn't really register as such. But his technical wizardry is accompanied by a big dose of heart...he seems instinctively to understand what makes the music go" (The Washington Post
). His recital features masterworks from the violin repertoire, including Mozart's genial B-flat sonata and Prokofiev's dark and brooding Sonata No. 1.
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