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Penguin Guide, January 2009

All the dazzling violin fireworks are ready to bow here, from left-hand pizzicatos in the Russian Carnival to multiple stopping (and some lovely. Warm lyricism0 in the Variations on an Original Theme, plus all the dash you could as for in the closing Scherzzo-tarantelle, while the beautiful Légendei (which Wieniawski dedicated to his wife as a nuptial gift) is both touchingly gentle and passionately brilliant. Marat Bisengaliev is without the larger-than-life personality of a Perlman, but he is a remarkably fine player and a stylish. John Lenehan provides his partner with admirable support throughout. The snag is the very reverberant acoustic of the Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead—so obviously empty; otherwise the sound and balance are natural enough.

American Record Guide

"splendid showpieces. Bisengaliev...has superb technique, sensitivity, and sense of flow and style. Accents are pungent and phrases are wonderfully sustained and lyrical."


"The very first piece... demonstrates the ready brillinace of its Russian soloist who takes everything in his stride, effulgent double-stopping, glittering harmonics and all"

Classic CD

"good, entertaining stuff excellently done by Marat Bisengaliev - with good complementary support from pianist John Lenehan"

Penguin Guide

"[Bisengaliev] is a remarkably fine player and a stylist, as well as being able to produce a sparkling moto perpetuo at will"

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