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Violin Concertos - Released November 16, 2018 | LSO Live

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

Distinctions Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
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Classical - Released January 16, 2007 | RCA Red Seal

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Classical - Released February 1, 2003 | RCA Red Seal

With the best will in the world, anyone listening to a disc entitled Bravo! Virtuoso Romantic Encores for Violin is all too likely to succumb to terminal ennui. After all, the ephemeral thrills of encores are not supposed to last an hour, and unless the performer is a very great artist, the listener may die of boredom long before the disc ends. Violinist Nikolai Znaider is nearly a very great artist. He has a graceful tone, an elegant technique, and a virtuoso's temperament. His performances are truly virtuoso and his interpretations truly romantic, but with the best will in the world, anyone listening will still succumb to terminal ennui halfway through the disc. After Znaider's spectacular Polonaise de concert, after his stupendous Romanza, after his soulful Vocalise, after his astonishing Ballade, after one astounding performance after another after another, the listener becomes fatigued by so many amazing performances and longs for something less eye-popping and jaw-dropping. Of course, listening to just one or two tracks and then putting the disc away may suffice, but that would be like stopping before the box of bonbons is finished. This is a superlative recital in small doses. © TiVo
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Classical - Released November 8, 2019 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released October 2, 2009 | Cypres

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Classical - Released February 1, 2003 | RCA Red Seal

With the best will in the world, anyone listening to a disc entitled Bravo! Virtuoso Romantic Encores for Violin is all too likely to succumb to terminal ennui. After all, the ephemeral thrills of encores are not supposed to last an hour, and unless the performer is a very great artist, the listener may die of boredom long before the disc ends. Violinist Nikolai Znaider is nearly a very great artist. He has a graceful tone, an elegant technique, and a virtuoso's temperament. His performances are truly virtuoso and his interpretations truly romantic, but with the best will in the world, anyone listening will still succumb to terminal ennui halfway through the disc. After Znaider's spectacular Polonaise de concert, after his stupendous Romanza, after his soulful Vocalise, after his astonishing Ballade, after one astounding performance after another after another, the listener becomes fatigued by so many amazing performances and longs for something less eye-popping and jaw-dropping. Of course, listening to just one or two tracks and then putting the disc away may suffice, but that would be like stopping before the box of bonbons is finished. This is a superlative recital in small doses. © TiVo
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Classical - Released April 24, 2007 | RCA Red Seal

Time to make a little extra room on your shelf devoted to your favorite albums. This collaboration between violinist Nikolai Znaider and pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Brahms' complete works for violin and piano is not only one of the best renditions of these works in at least a decade, but is also a shining example of truly equal partnership in chamber music. Of course, Bronfman made a recording of these sonatas with the late Isaac Stern, but with all due respect to the departed master, this recording is far superior. The richness and warmth of Bronfman's sound simply cannot be improved upon. In many ways, the beauty of Bronfman's sound is reminiscent of Rubinstein but without any of the technical shortcomings. Rather, Bronfman is at once a technical master of his instrument, with each note carefully placed and given a life all its own, and he is one of the most consummately musical performers alive today. Znaider is a splendid complement to Bronfman. Possessing an equal command of both his instrument and the emotional depth of the music, Znaider's sound is clear and projecting while always warm and pleasing. RCA's recorded sound is also magnificently deep and intimate, capturing every nuance of the performance. The only minor qualm comes from the liner notes, which unforgivably omit bios of the two musicians; they also curiously choose to use the uncommon subtitles ("Regen" for Op. 78 and "Thun" for Op. 100), which Brahms would likely have vehemently opposed as he was never one to include anything the least bit programmatic in his works. Nonetheless, this is absolutely a must-have album. © TiVo