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Laurie Niles

Maxim Vengerov returns to the stage

April 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Some happy news, violinist Maxim Vengerov returns to the stage tonight after a four-year hiatus. He plays a recital tonight in London at Wigmore Hall with pianist Itamar Golan. The recital will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast in "Sunday Concert" at 2 p.m. April 29 in the U.K. Here are excepts (speaking and playing) from an interview he gave yesterday with BBC Radio 3:

Wish I could see the recital!


From Tom Holzman
Posted on April 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM
That's good news for all of us Vengerov fans. Thanks for letting us know. I hope he has dealt with some of his demons.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on April 5, 2012 at 11:09 PM
I do not just like THAT he is back, but HOW he is back. He lost something four years ago and he supplemented it with something better. He seems to be more serious now. Artists need a crisis sometimes to grow up. I hope his body and mind will stand the stress this time very long, so we can enjoy his honest and deep approach to music.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:35 AM
Here's a review from Strad editor Ariane Todes, who went to the recital:

http://www.thestrad.com/BlogArticle.asp?bID=209

From sharelle taylor
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 6:32 AM
Golly he's good.
From Emily Hogstad
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM
Does anyone else feel like he's let go of a ton of tension? When watching videos of him pre-hiatus I never would have thought of him as looking balanced or relaxed, but...golly, in that video there are long stretches of time when he's both. Interesting.

Edit - Heh, just read the Strad review where this is addressed. Anyone else see the difference? Any comments?

From Christina C.
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Glad he's back. I've got my ticket to hear him with our local band next season. .... Brahms!!!!
From Christina C.
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Glad he's back. I've got my ticket to hear him with our local band next season. .... Brahms!!!!

ps- the clip's apparently not available to viewers in Canada. Grr!!

From benny atkinson
Posted on April 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM
See here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00qvvnq
From Tom Holzman
Posted on April 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM
Emily - he, like Michael Rabin, had significant issues with the pressure his mother put on him. He did not really like what he was doing for a living before taking a hiatus. My hope, and what I suspect, is that he has begun to put that behind him. I also understand that he has recently married. That, too, can be helpful.
From Stacy Pigott
Posted on April 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Does Mr. Vengerov has a concert schedule online? I can't seem to find one. But if he's playing...I'm buying a ticket! So excited he's back!
From Chrysanthema Pashunkova
Posted on April 9, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Hi Laurie,
Great news.Unfortunatelly I was unable to listen from Canada.
Could you do something about it?
Thanks

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