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Brahms: Violin Concerto, Sonata No 3 / Vengerov, Barenboim

Release Date: 01/26/1999 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 17144   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maxim VengerovDaniel Barenboim
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giulini and Perlman take a leisurely view of the concerto, and they indulge every moment of potential expression by slowing down. Contrast that with Vengerov and Barenboim, who set off at almost exactly the same pace, but keep the pulse and therefore the tension going: after the opening tutti Vengerov’s first solo entry takes off like a rocket. Where Perlman slows down for the second subject, and gets even slower during it, Vengerov holds it within the prevailing tempo. That’s not to say that he is inexpressive, but he is just as likely to push forward as to hold back, something that Perlman never seems to do. Perhaps it helps that Vengerov and Barenboim were recorded live – certainly Vengerov’s own cadenza has all the excitement of an Read more on-the-spot creation, even if the general shape was pre-conceived. Because Perlman’s first movement has had such a leisurely character, there isn’t sufficient contrast of mood with the second movement. Vengerov captures more of the improvisatory quality of the music, and, as his tempo is faster, he has somewhere to go when Brahms asks him to slow down. And there are all sorts of little details which make his performance continually fascinating: just hear the care with which he approaches and leaves trills. In the finale, Perlman is again sluggish, while Vengerov imparts a real rhythmic lift and gypsy feeling to the music, ably and consistently abetted by Barenboim. This is a modern benchmark for this work, and the sonata is equally fine: muscular and strongly projected.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Martin Cotton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  Live  Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 39 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Maxim Vengerov performes his own cadenza on this recording. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Daniel Barenboim (Piano), Maxim Vengerov (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1998 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 22 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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