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Maxim Vengerov & SSO brilliantly interpret Brahms Violin Concerto / The Australian review

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Maxim Vengerov is one of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time. Having missed the Russian musician's Australian tour with Musica Viva in 2015, I was keen to hear him on this return visit. His performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra exceeded all expectations. As with Anne-Sophie Mutter, his artistry was so complete that one was left awestruck.

Unlike his compatriot Viktoria Mullova's aggressive, one-dimensional account of this concerto with the SSO in 2008, Vengerov's more sophisticated approach captured its winning combination of forceful drama and cantabile lyricism. Tempos were pleasingly brisk but with enough contrasting spaciousness, which allowed the music to breathe naturally. With his formidably commanding technique, it was little wonder that Vengerov fearlessly and effortlessly executed the myriad bravura passages. His capacity to sustain exceptional clarity of articulation and a focused, cleanly produced tone was equally impressive.

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