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Nikolaj Znaider: A Dervish for 'Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos'

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Nikolaj Znaider attained international recognition early on, but assumed even greater fame by completely turning his approach to playing upside-down in a meticulous and time-consuming process which required him to essentially start learning his instrument anew. Applying techniques also used by Tennis players, he broke down his bow movements into many seperate steps and then recombined them to arrive at a fluent and much more precise stroke.

After the ordeal, Russian Boris Kuschnir, who conducted him in these endeavours, put his protegee in a line with some of the most famous instrumentalists of the 20th century: “Technically he can play anything, absolutely perfectly, but I think that's not the most important thing”, Kuschnir remarked about Nikolaj Znaider in an article for Strings Magazine, “How he presents this technique—tone, depth, vibrato—this I find unique. In earlier times, there was Oistrakh, Grumieux, Heifetz, Kreisler, Milstein, and Menuhin—so many great personalities. In our times there are very few personalities, very few. What Nikolaj is doing now can only be compared to those times. He's a violinist that you can always hear and say 'yes, that's Nikolaj Znaider.' That's something the others don't have, it's a very personal way of playing."

For “Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos”, Nikolaj Znaider has introduced even more change to his life, playing the Fritz Kreisler legendary "Guarneri del Gesù" instead of his usual "ex-Liebig" 1704. Accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev, the album certainly never risks of changing the most important thing: His intimidatingly high quality demands.

“Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos” by Nikolaj Znaider will be released internationally on January 19th 2009

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