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Maxim Vengerov’s 40th Birthday Concert

Below is the link to the full concert of Mr Vengerov’s 40th birthday, which took place at the Luna Classics Festival on the 20th August 2014. The video is available free on the ARTE concert website for a short time only, in association with Mezzo TV.

http://concert.arte.tv/fr/maxim-vengerov-au-luna-classics-2014-de-nyon

 

 

Maxim Vengerov “Emperor of the bow in Aix-en-Provence”

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“Maxim ‘Maximus’ Vengerov proved that he is again the ‘best violinist in the world’…he could play any piece of wood and draw miracles”  Le Monde

Easter Sunday marked Mr Vengerov’s recital in Aix-en-Provence in a program of Elgar and Prokofiev Sonatas plus a series of virtuosic shorts. The recital, which also featured pianist Roustem Saitkoulov, was extremely well received by the audience and media:

“Maxim Vengerov, emperor of the bow in Aix-en-Provence…At the summit of his art, the violinist gave a dazzling recital”  Le Temps 

This recital follows on from a very successful March during which Mr Vengerov completed a European tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung. Following their concert together at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Berliner Morgenpost wrote:

“Russia’s star violinist Maxim Vengerov back with old power…Which living world class violinist can claim to be able to produce a similarly voluminous, piercing sound? A sound that even in the highest notes still sounds juicy and full of power”

After concerts in the new Philharmonie in Paris, the Musikverein Vienna, and the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, they entered the recording studio together to record the Tchaikovsky violin concerto – to be released soon on Mr Vengerov’s new label VMV (Vengerov Music Vision).

For more information about the recital program in Aix-en-Provence as well as the impact of conducting on his career as a soloist, Mr Vengerov discusses this and more, in a short video here.

Photo credit: Caroline Doutre

Maxim Vengerov on tour with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Myung-Whun Chung

Maxim Vengerov is on a European tour this month with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France & Maestro Myung-Whun Chung. Together they will perform concerts in Paris, Austria & Germany:

Friday 20th March: Philharmonie de Paris

Sunday 22nd March: Musikverein, Vienna

Tuesday 24th March: Philharmonie Cologne

Wednesday 25th March: Philharmonie de Berlin

Programme: Tchaikovsky violin concerto & Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

On their return to Paris they will then enter the recording studio together & record the Tchaikovsky violin concerto plus more! As well as performing in a concert in aid of UNICEF at the Radio France auditorium (29/03). For more info and tickets please click here.

UPDATE – Following the concert at the Philharmonie de Berlin, the Berlin Morgenpost wrote,

“Russlands Stargeiger Maxim Vengerov mit alter Kraft zurück…Welcher lebende Weltklassegeiger kann von sich behaupten, einen ähnlich voluminösen, durchdringenden Ton erzeugen zu können? Einen Ton, der selbst in höchsten Höhen noch saftig und kraftgeladen klingt?“

“Russia’s star violinist Maxim Vengerov back with old power…Which living world class violinist can claim to be able to produce a similarly voluminous, piercing sound? A sound that even in the highest notes still sounds juicy and full of power”

Maxim Vengerov performs Tchaikovsky with Long Yu & N.Y Phil in Jan 2015

Vengerov & Long YuMaxim Vengerov will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Long Yu  in three concerts this January 2015.

Vengerov will replace horn player Philip Myers as soloist, who had to withdraw after having a recent surgery.

This will be Vengerov’s 31st (32nd & 33rd) appearance with the N.Y Phil, last appearing in April 2006 when he performed the Shostakovich Violin Concerto conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich.

The three concerts will take on January 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2015 at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Vengerov’s N.Y Phil debut was in February 1991 at the age of 16, where he also performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, after having won the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition performing the Tchaikovsky concerto the year before, at the age of just 15.

For more information please click here

Olga Borodina returns to the Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: AidaThis week Olga Borodina returns to the Metropolitan Opera, New York for a 7 night run of Aida. The Russian mezzo-soprano returns to the Met stage to perform her signature role Amneris in the grand production of Verdi’s tragedy.

Last seen at the Met in December 2012 also in her title role, The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Borodina’s Amneris was impassioned, volatile… Her astonishingly powerful, almost masculine low notes seem to come out of an instrument different from that of the rest of her range… her final plea for peace was heart wrenching.”

Performance dates:  October 30; November 4, 7, 12, 15, 19, 22

Aida opens on October 30. For more information, click here.