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:
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.
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?
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.