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Music: Prokofiev and Shostakovich - Violin Concertos No. 1 with Maxim Vengerov and the London Symphony Orchestra

Music Review: Prokofiev and Shostakovich - Violin Concertos No. 1 with Maxim Vengerov and the London Symphony Orchestra

star rating  2 stars, 1 review
categories: Music, Classical, Concertos, Violin Concerto

Creator: Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Mstislav Rostropovich
Label: Teldec Classics
Brand: RHIP2




 Vengerov is Overrated

Vengerov is without any doubt a good violinist, but I nearly always get the impression he doesn't catch the inner truth of the music. His playing is always very much on the 'outside' of the music: nice phrasing, musical approach, a lot of enthusiasm... but little depth. Just compare his reading of Shos 1 with David Oistrakh's. It's just light-years apart! Another aspect of Vengerov's playing that I don't like is his tone: it is very sharp in lyrical passages and really rude or brutal in more sherzo-like passages (like in the Prokofiev).



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