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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Audio CD (8 Sep 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0000AKQIW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21: I. Allegro Non Troppo 8:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21: II. Scherzando (Allegro Molto) 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto Non Troppo) 6:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21: IV. Andante 7:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphonie Espagnole Op. 21: V. Rondo 8:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Violin Concerto No. 3 In B Minor Op. 61: I. Allegro Non Troppo 8:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Violin Concerto No. 3 In B Minor Op. 61: II. Andantino Quasi Allegretto 8:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Violin Concerto No. 3 In B Minor Op. 61: III. Molto Moderato E Maestoso11:41Album Only
Listen  9. Tzigane, Rhapsodie De Concert 9:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Blenkinsop (Compostwoman) on 8 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
After the last Vengerov recording to be issued (Britten Violin Concerto/Walton Viola Concerto) I wrote "For me any new Vengerov recording is an eagerly awaited event, but this time he has surpassed himself"...
I am afraid I will have to eat my words! yet again Maxim Vengerov has produced a stunning recording - the Lalo-Symphonie Espagnole is superb, with sweeps of emotion and amazing technical control.... and the Ravel - Tzigane ...well what can I say - its amazing pyrotechnics and superb ability. I wish I knew how he managed some of the sounds he produces!
Maxim Vengerov is able to bring an incredeble intensity and depth of emotion to his violin and his technical brilliance is unsurpassed (in my opinion).
If you are a fan of Vengerov's playing (like me) this will be an automatic addition to your collection; if you are a classical violin music lover its essential... and if you have never tried classical music before - you could do worse than to start with this!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Gale on 11 Nov 2005
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On one fairly mediocre Saturday in May, having had the pleasure of spending the morning attending the rehearsal of Sir Charles Mackerras, I wander backstage and gradually begin to hear a beautifully faint virtuosic melody filtering through the thin corridors. A minute or two later, after curiously hanging around the vicinity of the guilty dressing room, I see two familiar faces appear, one with a baton and a score, another with a rather attractive violin.
The first face was no surprise to me: he was the whole reason why I had stayed that afternoon. The second, however, suddenly had the presence to raise my heartbeat two-fold it seemed, not because of a small heart attack, but because this friendly individual was arguably the most famous instrumentalist living today.
With eager excitement, I soon ran up to the auditorium of the Royal Festival Hall, where the rehearsal was taking place, and with the innate discipline that was so subtly though clearly obvious in comparison to Mackerras, Antonio Pappano began the music-making. I knew all along that Antonio was making a CD, but I had no idea of what, nor did I know that I would have the enormous privilege of seeing Maxim Vengerov make what was already expected to be one of the great recordings of the year. Of course, I wasted no time, and having gained permission from the Maestro and the orchestra, I made bloody sure I was going to the following week's recording sessions over at Air Studios.
Both are just there to make music. Unlike most soloists, with his remarkably down-to-earth nature, Vengerov never seemed the dominant role in the sessions. It was as though they were colleagues of equal status just doing a job to the best of their ability.
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I'm not a great fan of Ravel's "Tzigane." It's like a cake crammed with all the goodies that the cook can put his or her hands on and just sounds a bit too forced to me. If you have a higher tolerance than I have for the piece, this recording won't disappoint you -- great fiddling, with all the tricks of the trade showed off in their proper places, and (as with everything else on the disc) an excellent balance between violin and orchestra, with plenty of presence for both without anything being too close up. The Saint-Saens Concerto No.3 is given a lovely performance, with the great middle movement, which has the feel of a barcarolle, particularly affecting. The whole concerto has plenty of variety, and it's very well orchestrated, and Pappano and Vengerov handle the transitions beautifully. I find the final movement a bit anti-climactic after the first two, but it doesn't lack thematic variety (almost being a little mini-concerto in itself) and Vengerov plays it with total commitment. The unqualifiedly great piece on the disc, to my ears, is the Lalo "Symphonie Espagnole." The sheer inventiveness of the "Spanish" material is amazing, and yet it's put together in the individual movements to give each its distinct character. The writing for the orchestra, in color as well as rhythm, is equally enchanting, and we are never far from the spirit of the dance. The slow movement doesn't have the emotional pull of the Saint-Saens -- it's a bit cooler -- but the richness and weight of the orchestral lead-in is almost alone worth the price of the set. Throughout the program, Vengerov doesn't put a foot wrong, and Pappano and the Philharmonia don't either.

These are all popular pieces, and there are other excellent recordings -- I'm partial to Lin's Saint-Saens with Tilson Thomas -- but really, this is as good as anything out there.
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This is a first rate recording , Pappano playing is superb. If you have not got this recording in your collection I suggest you purchase it!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Drama, virtuosity and sweetness from Vengerov and Pappano 9 Feb 2004
By Joy Fleisig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Edouard Lalo's 'Symphonie Espagnole' and Camille Saint-Saens' Violin Concerto #3 were comissioned by violin virtuoso and composer Pablo Sarasate, known for the beauty and sweetness of his tone, the ease with which he played even the highest notes on his instrument, and his stunning technique. Since the great young Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov not only shares these qualities, but adds to them both heart and superb imagination, he is an obvious choice to record these French masterpieces. However, largely because I am well aware of just how much competition Vengerov has from just about every other great violinist who ever lived and recorded, I have balked at buying many of his CDs, especially of very standard works, because I wanted to 'shop around' to find my favorite renditions and not have the many duplicates I do of operas and operatic recitals. I'm sure many classical music lovers have the same problem. Vengerov's jaw-dropping Britten/Walton album earlier this year, however, made me decide to at least listen to, if not actually buy, every CD he records in the future, and if necessary replace them if I like another violinist's rendition better. The other major factor in my decision to buy this CD was my eagerness to hear the great Antonio Pappano conduct purely orchestral as opposed to the operatic and vocal repertory he is more famous for. The partnership of these two brilliant, passionate and charismatic artists was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
And it truly is a partnership. In this expressive, dramatic, perhaps truly `operatic' music, Pappano proves to be just as supportive to instrumental soloists as he is to singers; he and the Philharmonia hang on Vengerov's every note. Considering just how many liberties a violinist can take in these works, that can't have been easy! As usual, Pappano is superb in building tension to dramatic climaxes and giving the music real punch and elan. Even more importantly, one of Pappano's specialties is coaxing gorgeous, radiant sound from orchestral strings sections (most noticeable here in the Saint-Saens) - all the more extraordinary considering he is a pianist and not a violinist! Vengerov indicated in recent interviews that he and the conductor have formed a very ardent mutual admiration society, and this is obvious listening to this album.
Throughout the program, Vengerov plays a 1727 Stradivarius that belonged to the legendary violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer (of Beethoven's `Kreutzer Sonata' fame), and he is more than worthy of this magical instrument. Best of all, it is clear that he is having a very good time! Vengerov has played these pieces from his early childhood and as he says in his booklet essay, they evoke strong feelings of nostalgia in him. They also clearly inspire his imagination, his expressivity, and his strong sense of drama.
In the 'Symphonie Espagnole', the violinist becomes a swaggering toreador in the first movement, a sprightly and good-humored seducer in the second, a strong, passionate dancer in the third and a serious, sad man (perhaps in mourning?) in the fourth. The famous final Rondo movement is a triumph of joy and energy, and note also the way Pappano handles the crescendo and decrescendo at its start.

The highlight of the disc, however, is the second movement of the Saint-Saens. This is Vengerov's favorite part of the concerto and he is absolutely sublime, making his violin sing with such purity and sweetness that one may cry. I am reminded of the Largo from the Bach Double Violin Concerto; as Vengerov gets higher and higher and softer and softer, it is as if one is ascending to some higher, ecstatic dimension (as he puts it, 'the music melts little by little, taking us to other planets, stars, spheres'). The contrastingly zingy outer movements of the concerto are played with equal aplomb.

Maurice Ravel wrote 'Tzigane' for the Hungarian violinist Jelly D'Aranyi, who inspired him by her spectacular playing of Gypsy melodies at a party. It is intended as a showpiece and Vengerov more than delivers. From the long, spare, and incredibly difficult solo cadenza (the orchestra doesn't come in for almost four minutes) to the bewildering pyrotechnics that conclude the piece, this Russian violinist obviously feels a strong kinship with the Gypsies this piece evokes, and so does his Italian-British-American conductor.
EMI's sound engineering is at its usual high standard, although some may complain that the violinist is placed too far forward. In addition to Vengerov's comments, the documentation also consists of a fine essay on the three works by Robert Orledge (both in English, French, and German), and portraits of all the composers. It is a pity that EMI provides no biographies of either Vengerov or Pappano.

I am not the expert on violinists and violin repertory that I am the human voice, so unlike some who may review this disc, I cannot say with any degree of authority whether or not it is 'the best'. Nevertheless, Vengerov's (and Pappano's!) renditions of the works recorded here are so superb that they are a perfect introduction for listeners new to the works or those who want them in modern sound, and I imagine that even many who collect violin recordings will find little to fault about them.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Splendid Lalo et al. from Vengerov and Pappano 30 Nov 2004
By John Kwok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have hesitated acquiring this CD since I own already a spellbinding account of Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" performed by Vadim Repin with Kent Nagano conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. But frankly, once again, Vengerov's performance of this piece and of the others, is the one to acquire. All three have very demanding solo passages, which Vengerov handles adroitly, with ample warmth and polish. I was stunned with how well he plays all three works, which are among the most difficult I have heard for a solo violin accompanied by an orchestra. Somehow this young Siberian manages to play all with more than a hint of Gypsy soul, as though he was familiar with the traditional Gypsy melodies which inspired undoubtedly Lalo, Saint-Saens, and especially, Ravel, in composing these works. Vengerov's riveting performances of all three works is accompanied by superb playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Italian-American conductor Antonio Pappano. Without question, this is yet another exceptional CD from Vengerov which should please his fans and other admirers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
fine performances of French favorites 21 July 2014
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a great fan of Ravel's "Tzigane." It's like a cake crammed with all the goodies that the cook can put his or her hands on and just sounds a bit too forced to me. If you have a higher tolerance than I have for the piece, this recording won't disappoint you -- great fiddling, with all the tricks of the trade shown off in their proper places, and (as with everything else on the disc) an excellent balance between violin and orchestra, with plenty of presence for both without anything being too close up. The Saint-Saens Concerto No.3 is given a lovely performance, with the great middle movement, which has the feel of a barcarolle, particularly affecting. The whole concerto has plenty of variety, and it's very well orchestrated, and Pappano and Vengerov handle the transitions beautifully. I find the final movement a bit anti-climactic after the first two, but it doesn't lack thematic variety (almost being a little mini-concerto in itself) and Vengerov plays it with total commitment. The unqualifiedly great piece on the disc, to my ears, is the Lalo "Symphonie Espagnole." The sheer inventiveness of the "Spanish" material is amazing, and yet it's put together in the individual movements to give each its distinct character. The writing for the orchestra, in color as well as rhythm, is equally enchanting, and we are never far from the spirit of the dance. The slow movement doesn't have the emotional pull of the Saint-Saens -- it's a bit cooler -- but the richness and weight of the orchestral lead-in is almost alone worth the price of the set. Throughout the program, Vengerov doesn't put a foot wrong, and Pappano and the Philharmonia don't either.

These are all popular pieces, and there are other excellent recordings -- I'm partial to Lin's Saint-Saens with Tilson Thomas -- but really, this is as good as anything out there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Maximum Vengerov Here! 18 Oct 2008
By pgm1961us - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maxim Vengerov is one of my favorite musicians on the planet. His interpretation here of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole is marvelous. For me, the way Maxim offers Lalo's work suggests his passion for the piece. No mistake owning this CD at all...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great music 31 May 2013
By Jeanne Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This music suggested to me by a friend,,,beautiful album...excellent and a pleasure to listen to. Has become a favorite of mine.
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