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Vengerov & Virtuosi


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 57164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovManuel PonceOttokar NovácekAntonín Dvorák,   ... 
Performer:  Yevgeni VoskoboinikovAlexander GourvichYevgeni CheskisLucia Novovesky,   ... 
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The latest disc from Maxim Vengerov offers some refreshingly "lite" listening. Each selection was arranged for Virtuosi (an ensemble consisting of 11 violins) by its leader, Mikhail Parhamovsky. Pianist Vag Papian joins in all the works, creating an interesting hybrid of violin/piano duo and chamber orchestra, an arrangement that works particularly well in Manuel Ponce's hot-blooded Estrellita, Schubert's tranquil Ave Maria, and Khachaturian's rollicking Sabre Dance. Just as effective are Antonio Bazzini's Le Ronde des Lutins, which comes off sounding like one of Schnittke's nervy Concerti Grossi, and a beautifully homespun rendering of Dvorák's Humoresque No. 7. Of special interest is Tchaikovsky's rarely-heard Read more three-movement Souvenir d'un lieu cher. One of the composer's more restrained works, it nonetheless features some beautiful tunes, especially the melancholy Méditation (which also was recorded by Stern and Rostropovich in its orchestral version).


Vengerov continues his well-earned reputation for violin wizardry as he sets off fireworks in the more festive and volatile pieces (Novácek's Perpetuum Mobile, Monti's Csárdás), and displays a warm, lush lyricism for the gentler items, such as Rachmaninov's Vocalise, played as a duo at the start of the program. The live recording was made in Vienna's Musikvereinsaal, a location that is considerably more reverberant than was probably necessary for such a small ensemble. But given Vengerov's popularity, a smaller space, however suitable for recording, would not have accommodated so large a crowd. This collection holds appeal for classical specialists and novices alike, and especially for aficionados of fine violin playing.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin),
Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Anna Dashevsky (Violin),
Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
2.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano), Anna Dashevsky (Violin),
Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin),
Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin),
Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Jascha Heifetz and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
3.
Caprices (8) for Violin and Piano, Op. 5: no 2, Perpetuum mobile by Ottokar Novácek
Performer:  Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin),
Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano), Anna Dashevsky (Violin),
Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin),
Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky 
4.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Vag Papian (Piano), Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Anna Dashevsky (Violin),
Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin),
Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin),
Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky 
5.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Vag Papian (Piano), Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Anna Dashevsky (Violin),
Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin),
Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin),
Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: August Wilhelmj and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
6.
La ronde des lutins, Op. 25 by Antonio Bazzini
Performer:  Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Maxim Vengerov (Violin),
Vag Papian (Piano), Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin),
Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin),
Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Makhail Parhamovsky 
7.
Gayaneh: Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
Performer:  Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Maxim Vengerov (Violin),
Vag Papian (Piano), Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Eva Iframov (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin),
Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky 
8.
Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Maxim Vengerov (Violin),
Vag Papian (Piano), Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Eva Iframov (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin),
Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: M.P. Marsick and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
9.
Csárdás by Vittorio Monti
Performer:  Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Maxim Vengerov (Violin),
Vag Papian (Piano), Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin),
Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky 
10.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 7 in A major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano),
Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin),
Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Joachim and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
11.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 1 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano),
Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Eva Iframov (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin),
Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Joachim and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
12.
Hungarian Dances (21) for Piano 4 hands, WoO 1: no 5 in F sharp minor by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin), Rita Bobrovich (Violin),
Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano), Eva Iframov (Violin),
Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin),
Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Joseph Joachim and Mikhail Parhamovsky 
13.
Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Rita Bobrovich (Violin), Eva Iframov (Violin), Vag Papian (Piano),
Maxim Vengerov (Violin), Anna Dashevsky (Violin), Yevgeni Voskoboinikov (Violin),
Ilya Chichkovich (Violin), Yevgeni Cheskis (Violin), Aline Janovitsky (Violin),
Lucia Novovesky (Violin), Zinaida Rodigin (Violin), Alexander Gourvich (Violin)
Conductor:  Mikhail Parkhomovsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Russia 
Date of Recording: 04/2001 
Venue:  Live  Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Vienna 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikhail Parhamovsky 

Sound Samples

Vocalise Op.34 No.14
Estrellita
Hungarian Dances: No. 7 in A
Hungarian Dances: No. 1 in G minor
Hungarian Dances: No. 5 in F sharp minor
Perpetuum Mobile Op.5 No.4
Humoreske in G flat Op.101 No.7
Méditation Op.42 No.1
Mélodie Op.42 No.3
Scherzo Op.42 No.2
Ave Maria Op.52 No.6
La Ronde des Lutins Op.25
Sabre Dance from "Gayaneh"
Méditation from "Thaïs"
Czardas

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