BACH: PAR­TITA IN D MI­NOR; BEETHOVEN: KREUTZER SONATA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Maxim Vengerov (vi­o­lin), Ita­mar Golan (pi­ano)

Wig­more Hall Live WHLive 0056 If you’ve won­dered why you’ve heard so lit­tle of megas­tar vi­o­lin­ist Maxim Vengerov over the past few years, the an­swer is sim­ple. He was kept out of ac­tion by an in­jury and had con­cen­trated on his con­duct­ing ca­reer. This new disc doc­u­ments Vengerov’s Lon­don re­turn as a vi­o­lin­ist to the Wig­more Hall last April. His han­dling of Bach’s great D mi­nor Par­tita is un­fussy, mag­is­te­rial, still some­how grave even when most en­er­gised by the urge to dance. That steadi­ness in­forms Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata as well, in a per­for­mance that’s of­ten slow- burn­ing rather than sparky. Ita­mar Golan’s pi­ano play­ing sounds a bit woolly in the sonata. The real fire is in the en­cores by Wieni­awski and Brahms. url.ie/fa5t

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