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  1. Quote: She ended up tying with the kid who has been sitting in 1st chair -is he the Concertmaster?- for the last four years. How can they pick the Concertmaster before the soloist? She won because she plays louder, clearer and with the right amount of color. But in truth, she always does. Until the solo, she was never made aware that any “positions” were being played for. It came as no surprise to anyone who has heard her recitals that she won. Do you think I need to call a conference? If I remember correctly...that solo line was so short it wouldn't even be worth it to call a conference. What do you mean by "tying" with the kid?
  2. I don't know the specifics of your situation...so I'm going to make a guess. The first situation is if that solo spot is a "standing" solo, meaning she will play her solo as an actual soloist. In that situation, the conductor may have made her solo performance more of a suprise to the audience. In the second case where she has a solo line to play in an orchestral piece, usually the concertmaster should play it, but I guess in a few exceptions other chairs might.
  3. Hello guys, long time no see. I've been having trouble finding a better recording of the Brahms Double than the Heifetz/Piatigorsky version. It seems the Oistrakh/Fournier recording is much more bland and unexciting to me. Are there any suggestions?
  4. I know and love the Butterfly Lovers Concerto, on the erhu and also on violin of course. It's a part of my history and the story is beautiful. Actually, I believe this concerto would be better received by the judges and the audience because of the unique style and sounds it brings to the violin. Also, one would be saved some comparison with other students and legendary violinists. The Mendelssohn is a violin benchmark of sorts.
  5. Of course it is! Especially since Mr. Heifetz also said that.
  6. In windows explorer you go to view, folder options, go to the tab called "view" and uncheck "hide file extentions for known types". Now rename the file "saint-saens" as "saint-saens.ram" and make sure you have realplayer installed. That fixed it for me.
  7. Haha, my nick is Paganini but my favorite violinist is definitely Heifetz.
  8. The playing is great, but there are some funny, noticable skips with the recording. Thanks for taking the time to make it though.
  9. Ok, fine. I'll buy a house and a ferrari!
  10. I'd sell the "Strad" at auction and buy something I like better, a Guadagnini or Tononi perhaps if I can't get enough to purchase another Strad. I'm pretty sure a Guarneri del Gesu is still out of reach.
  11. I'm guessing some people also saw the Bisiach on the Shar fine instrument and bow site (which contributes to all the accurate guessses). I knew that back looked familiar!
  12. I have a friend that asked me to find a violin for him on a limited budget, and I've read of some people purchasing instruments from a school of violin making (preferably some place around the Chicago area where I live). Can anyone tell me exactly where to go to find these apprentice made instruments? Are the going rates for these fiddles much lower because the makers aren't established? Finally, around how much do these violins cost? Thanks for all replies in advance
  13. Jeffie, So far Mr. Redrobe and Toscha have been more than considerate in dealing with your unrealistic advice. I think they understand that you are trying to do some good, but in reality, what you suggest will damage this student's future playing. Encouragement is good, but spouting false hopes is not.
  14. I'll take a guess on the classical soloists, and give myself some room by picking 4 of them. For violin, I would say Vengerov and perhaps Hahn or Chang. Yo-Yo Ma would have to be another guess.
  15. I believe it is a bargain...considering there are Strad violas and cellos thrown in (I don't know which ones though...for instance the Batta and Duport are truly superb...and along with many other instruments for 25 million? Wow...).
  16. Please get Mr. Friedman to play in or near Chicago some time! I think the "all-American" program is a good idea...if he stuff in a lot of Heifetz encores of course! The Porgy and Bess Suite and Negro Spiritual come to mind immediately as some of the great American transcriptions.
  17. In the Heifetz in Carnegie Hall video he only plays the first movement, so that would not be good evidence.
  18. Some people also skip one and two and go directly to three...like having a pyramid without a base.
  19. Nope, because I have a cut on my big toe. Wait...umm...erm...yeah...
  20. It was funny to see that lady over the video screen scolding Zuckerman for not complimenting the Bruch G Minor girl on her technique. I didn't get what that lady said about "2 weeks, 2 weeks" though. He gave in . [This message has been edited by Paganini (edited 03-20-2002).]
  21. Sheila's site has that diagram you are looking for. http://www.bright.net/~hhelser/bowhands.html Enjoy - and thank Sheila.
  22. Well, I do see Erick Friedman as one of the world's "finest" musicians. He is severely underrated and generally forgotten by everyone except the enthusiasts, Heifetz fans (who probably know him best from the Bach Double and the masterclass tapes), and the small following he has gained from his fine recordings. He deserves great respect as one of the few consummate artists alive and I'm very glad that he's teaching a new generation of violinists how to sing with the violin.
  23. How about some Heifetz transcriptions? The ones from Porgy and Bess and the Hora Stacatto in particular. [This message has been edited by Paganini (edited 01-21-2002).]
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