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Maxim Vengerov gives recitals in St. Emilion and Basel

Reuniting with recital partner Itamar Golan, Maxim Vengerov gives two performances this week in St. Emilion (September 17) and Basel (September 19). The pair reprise their program of violin sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert, and Franck, as well as Saint-Saëns’s Havanaise and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Vengerov’s recitals with Golan on piano have been heard this summer in Bordeaux and Illinois. Of an earlier program given at the Barbican this February that featured many of the same works, the Independent wrote: “Golan’s velvet touch became the ideal foil for Vengerov’s intimate and confiding sound.”

Maxim Vengerov opens the Polish Baltic Symphony Orchestra’s season with Britten

This week, Maxim Vengerov guests with the Polish Baltic Symphony Orchestra as part of the Vengerov Festival in Gdansk. The Orchestra’s season-opening concert, heard on September 12 at the Filharmonie Gdansk, features Maxim performing Britten’s Violin Concerto—in the composer’s centennial year—under the baton of Ernst van Tiel. Maxim previously performed the concerto this summer at the Ravinia Festival (in a highly-anticipated and much-lauded return to the United States), of which performance the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Given performances as vital as this, Britten’s shamefully neglected concerto will not languish in obscurity much longer.”

The Vengerov Festival in Gdansk

Maxim Vengerov’s fall season begins with the Vengerov Festival, a series of concerts and masterclasses. Last experienced in June in Tokyo, the Vengerov Festival travels to Gdansk, a Polish city on the Baltic coast. As part of the public activities, Vengerov will give a concert with the International Menuhin Orchestra at the Polish Philharmonic Gdansk on September 8. The concert will feature Maxim as both violinist and conductor with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.

On September 12, Vengerov joins the Polish Baltic Symphony Orchestra for their season-opening concert at the same concert hall. Under conductor Ernst van Tiel, he will perform Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto (a work he previously played this summer at the Ravinia Festival to great acclaim). The program will also include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Olga Borodina to sing at G20 Leaders’ Summit in St. Petersburg

Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina begins her jubilee season with a concert at the Constantine Palace as part of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. Held this year in Borodina’s native St. Petersburg, the conference is the world’s leading international cooperation forum, leading discussions on international economic and financial issues held from September 5 – 6, 2013. Borodina will perform at a private concert on September 5.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 Summer HD Festival Concludes with a Reprise of Aida Starring Olga Borodina

Held annually on Lincoln Center Plaza, the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival concludes this year on Monday, September 2, with a screening of Verdi’s Aida, starring Olga Borodina under the baton of Fabio Luisi.

Of the 2012 performances, which also starred Liudmyla Monastyrska and Roberto Alagna, the New York Times wrote, “the combined fervor” of Borodina and Luisi “made for an electrically charged and energetic performance.” The Times added that  Borodina’s “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.”