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I own a copy of this CD in the Warner Classics box-set that contains all of the recordings Maxim Vengerov made for Teldec between 1992 and 2000 BEST OF MAXIM VENGEROV; an excellent buy in itself. Along with Vadim Repin's contemporaneous Erato recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky & Sibelius : Violin Concertos, Vengerov's disc must be one of the best performances of this warhorse of the repertoire issued in recent years.

The recording, where Vengerov is beautifully accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado, was made in the Philharmonie, Berlin, in 1995 and, despite the sometimes troublesome reputation this hall has as far as recording is concerned, the production and engineering team of Friedemann Engelbrecht and Ulrich Ruscher provided the artists, and us, with splendid sound-quality in the Teldec tradition.

An old "Penguin Guide" was enthusiastic about the Tchaikovsky:-

"Vengerov gives an inspired performance, with magic inspiration breathing new life into well-known music. This Tchaikovsky reading immediately establishes itself as a big performance, both in the daring manner and in the range of dynamic of the playing. For all his power and his youthfully eager love of brilliance, Vengerov is never reluctant to play really softly. The central Canzonetta is full of Russian temperament, and the finale is sparklingly light, with articulation breathtakingly clean to match the transparency of the orchestral textures."

For me, however, the inclusion of the less well-known Glazunov piece is what really makes this disc. The old "Penguin Guide" agreed:-

"Outstanding as Vengerov's Tchaikovsky is, his Glazunov is even more exceptional, for he gives a familiar concerto extra dimensions, turning it from a display piece into a work of far wider-ranging emotions, when he contrasts and shades the tone-colours so magnificently, keeping his richest tone in reserve for the third theme. Predictably, the dashing final section is breathtaking in its brilliance."

This wonderful CD, well-worth acquiring either like this or in the box set, and unhesitatingly recommended.
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