18 February 2021, 12:57
We requested one of many world’s nice virtuosos: what are the 5 most tough violin items of all time?
The Grammy-winning violinist, who is among the most in-demand soloists in all classical music, is commonly hailed as the best dwelling string participant immediately.
So, you already know the items he’s chosen might be something however painless…
Schubert Fantasy in C main (1827)
First, Vengerov names Schubert’s demanding last piece for violin and piano, which was written to show the virtuosity of the Bohemian violinist and composer, Josef Slavík.
“Already, so-called simpler items by Schubert are fiendishly tough when it comes to phrasing,” Vengerov says. “However with the added technical difficulties of the Fantasy, [which are] typically non-violinistic, you might be so busy taking part in powerful mixtures of notes that structuring a convincing phrase turns into nearly unattainable.
“And if that weren’t sufficient, the endlessly lengthy melody that begins the work in pianissimo over 14 measures, with only one tiny crescendo, is a severe problem in bow management and division, in order to not lose pressure when arching the phrase.”
Watch Vengerov play the Fantasy in full, from 1:16:20 within the video under.
Beethoven Violin Concerto (1806)
Second on the record is Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto, from which Vengerov performs the magical G minor part – watch above.
“All of the difficulties of this [are concerned] with the bow arm, which should stay as whilst attainable. So, no shaking!
“The [evolving] phrases typically go away you in a lower than comfy place. However should you waiver simply as soon as, you’ve destroyed the phrase – easy as that.”
Vengerov additionally advises “ending on an extended up-bow then beginning the place the arm is of course heavy” for phrasing.
Brahms Violin Concerto (1878)
You may ask “why?”, as Vengerov says, this can be a deeply violinistic work.
“Nonetheless, to play it correctly, it’s essential to know what is occurring within the orchestra with a purpose to broaden the phrase the place essential, and [engage in a] dialogue with different devices,” he says.
“Brahms typically makes use of the soloist to crown an concept that has been launched elsewhere.”
Watch above as Vengerov conducts a gifted younger Chinese language pupil, in a masterclass of the composer’s solely violin concerto.
Rachmaninov ‘Vocalise’ (1915)
“The issue is within the title,” Vengerov explains. “The work was written for the outstanding Russian soprano, Antonina Nezhdanova, in 1912.
“Jascha Heifetz ready an association for violin however didn’t change a lot.
“One should play the piece with a deep connection between the notes, precisely like an opera singer’s legato, proceed with even vibrato, and play lengthy, seamless phrases with out listening to the bow change. It should operate like a singer’s air column.”
Watch above as Vengerov performs a piece of the elegant melody from Monaco, in a digital duet with Paris-based Russian pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, and under, as Vengerov performs it in full in his earlier years.
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (1845)
Written two years earlier than his dying, that is Mendelssohn’s final massive orchestral work, and “naturally the one everybody performs, and everybody loves,” Vengerov says.
“There are a number of approaches to taking part in this concerto,” he provides. “Whether or not it’s Classical or Romantic, there’s a transparency within the writing that have to be like crystal and continues within the solo half.
“The issue can also be within the growth of concepts based mostly on smaller motifs.”
Watch above as Vengerov explains the intricacies of this string masterwork.
Now you’re prepared to start out studying these fiendish works, listed here are some particular observe ideas from the maestro himself…
Click here to look at Maxim Vengerov’s unique violin masterclass movies for Traditional FM.