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Vidor Nagy plays
Bach and Paganini -
reviewed by
HOWARD SMITH

'... moments of splendour.'

Bach - Visionen; Paganini in Chiesa. Vidor Nagy, viola. © 2010 Musik und Video-Verlag Ralph Kulling

On this showing, Vidor Nagy has the measure of both Bach's Chaccone and sixteen of Paganini's 24 Caprices. However, unlike much of the competition, this is not virtuoso playing. That wouldn't be the slightest drawback were it not for the impression that here and there Nagy's deliberate style borders on the 'pedestrian'.

The church referred to in Edition HERA's title is Die reformierte Kirche von Alsóörs (The Reformed Church of Alsóörs), located sixty-six metres above Lake Balaton in Transdanubian western Hungary. Alas, little is made of this setting, and Nagy is filmed in black and white from unvarying eye-level perspectives throughout...

Copyright © 28 December 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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DVD INFORMATION: BACH: VISIONEN; PAGANINI IN CHIESA

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

NICCOLO PAGANINI

ITALY

GERMANY

HUNGARY

VIOLA

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Jenna Orkin: Writer Wannabe Seeks Brush With Death - From the heights of greatness (the Juilliard School; musicians Rosalyn Tureck and Nadia Boulanger) via way-ward paths to the depths of wickedness these reminiscences will entertain and enlighten.