April 28, 2007 at 5:14 PMSince we all probably need a little cheering up right now....here is a neat series of videos about Maxim Vengerov I found on YouTube. The film is already about ten years old but it's still quite interesting, amusing, enlightening, entertaining and inspiring. The Finnish subtitles (why??) can be sort of annoying, but I'm not complaining.
part one (includes a hilariously hammed-up Khachaturian "Sabre Dance")
part two (with a unique and very funny take on "Tambourine Chinois")
part three (with some great film of him as child prodigy back in Russia)
part four (Brahms sonata #3!)
part eight ("Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso" as Spanish melodrama)
It's long, but worth it, IMHO. :)
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