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Paganini / Saint-Saens: Violin Concertos

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  • Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Niccolò Paganini, Franz Waxman, Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000095IUU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,754 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Maxim performed at the Carl Flesch Violin Competiton in 1990 with undisputed triumph. In that same year he parted company with his teacher Zakhar Bron and emigrated to Israel with his parents. It was in Israel that Vengerov made his first concerto recording. He had been on excellent terms with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor Zubin Mehta for some time. Hans-Theodor Wohlfahrt comments on the recording session: “What made me catch my breath was not the virtuosity of his control of the instrument – at once delicate yet incredibly confident – nor the amazing ease with which he played the trickiest nuances, but rather his unshakeable determination to live up to his own absolute standard”
The second concert featured Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. At Maxim’s insistence, the works were recorded in an unconventional order: Saint-Saëns’, Carmen Fantasie then Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The passionate contrasts in the music of Saint-Saëns proved to be an ideal lead-in for Maxim.
The devilishly difficult Carmen Fantasie was tailor-made for Jascha Heifetz by the German-born composer Franz Waxman, who emigrated to the USA, and it is to Heifetz that Waxman dedicated the piece. In this work, Maxim’s highly sensitive inner ear is focussed solely on the drama of the music. The young violinist loves Bizet’s opera, and is keen to capture its atmosphere.
“Here [Vengerov] shows his mettle in a strongly extrovert account of the Paganini First Concerto …the Adagio has warmth and an appealing line, and the finale brings and easy grasp of Paganini’s fireworks…” (Gramophone)


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