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Maxim Vengerov in recital

with Roustem Saitkoulov

Maxim expertly plying his violin

The sensational violinist Maxim Vengerov sets classical grace against music from the depths of the Russian soul.

Vengerov is a violinist in the great tradition, whose masterly technique is matched by his supreme musicality and radiant tone. Tonight he pays homage to his Russian roots in music by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev: a red-blooded complement to the timeless grace of Mozart and Mendelssohn.

It’s the sort of challenge that Vengerov takes in his stride, as critics noticed when he played Brahms’s sonatas here in 2018: ‘On top form’ was how The Times described him: ‘impassioned, probing, taking risks and carrying them off triumphantly’. It’s an approach that makes Vengerov as compelling in Mozart’s graceful sonata as in Prokofiev’s stormy wartime masterpiece, and it promises to make Tchaikovsky’s exquisite salon miniatures an absolute treat.

This performance will end at approximately 9.40pm, including a 20 minute interval.


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