WHAT’S ON JUNE: World-leading violinist Maxim Vengerov brings Sunday Classics season to a close at Usher Hall

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, and often referred to as the greatest living string player in the world, Grammy award-winner Maxim Vengerov enjoys international acclaim as a conductor as well as being one of the most in-demand soloists in all of classical music. Audiences have the chance to experience him performing in both of these capacities at the Usher Hall in our final Sunday Classics concert of the season.

In the first half Vengerov takes on the solo role in Bruch’s magnificent violin concerto. The piece is one of Bruch’s most popular, and overshadowed his other works so much that in the in the end the composer could no longer listen to it. What’s more, he had sold the piece outright to publisher Cranz and so couldn’t continue to make any money from the royalties of his most popular work.

Vengerov returns in the second half to conduct the musicians of the Würth Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s tenth symphony, an astounding achievement in symphonic form and a vitriolic indictment of life under Stalin. In 1948, Shostakovich was accused of writing inappropriate, ‘non-Russian’ music and thus his writing output supressed. It was only upon Stalin’s death in 1953 that he could regain his creative freedom and his tenth symphony is the sound of that new-found liberty and a reflection on the Stalin years.

The Würth Philharmonic is a newly formed ensemble, founded by philanthropist Reinhold Würth to bring together some of the world’s most talented, young musicians to form a virtuosic symphony orchestra performing with today’s greatest conductors and soloists. Würth’s vision is, in uncertain political times, to bring together musicians from all nations, overcoming the tensions that so often appear across the world.

The esteemed Greek conductor Stamatia Karampini leads the first half of the concert. Karampini was something of a child-prodigy, having learned the piano at 5 and beginning conducting youth orchestras from the age of 13. She has since has won many prestigious conducting prizes throughout her teenage years and into her twenties. The famous Italian author Quirino Principe wrote an essay dedicated to Karampini, proclaiming “…this young woman´s life is a rare example of artistic asceticism; leading a life entirely dedicated to music and marked by countless sacrifices”.
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Würth Philharmonic Orchestra with Maxim Vengerov

Sunday Classics at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sunday 3 June, 2018

Door time: 2:00pm, Start time: 3:00pm

J Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture,
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1,
Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso,
Shostakovich Symphony No.10,

Stamatia Karampini Conductor (first half)
Maxim Vengerov Conductor (second half)
Maxim Vengerov violin

Image: B Ealovega