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  1. I've taken a lot of these exams, in both violin and piano, and in general they seemed to be fair. You have to remember that the examiner does not necessarily play your instrument, and some are much more sympathetic than others. How well you play and how well you do on the exam is probably a matter of comparison as well. If everyone else who plays before you is a little genius, you might not look as good as you would normally do! If you're really unhappy with the mark, you can always reprepare for it and take the exam again, right? If it's not grade 8, then you draw a modest veil and prepare more vigorously the next time. Hope this helps, Carlo.
  2. It's the 24th caprice (in a ghastly arrangement ). Carlo.
  3. Difficult one! Probably Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano concerto, but followed closely by Rachmaninov's 3rd and 2nd concerti. I also like some of the Mozart Piano concerti (no. 20, 21, 23 especially) For violin, probably Shostakovich's 1st concerto or Sibelius. Carlo.
  4. Do some digging in the archives. You really won't believe what you'll find... Carlo.
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    Scales

    Personally, I think scales are essential for good technique. My teacher insists on scales, but rather than demanding a lot of keys, bowings etcs. he demands perfect intonation, which is daunting. I do know of a teacher who seems to be very good, but rejects the use of scales. I think Milstein didn't believe in playing scales, but Heifetz and Kogan both thought them highly necessary. It depends on your approach. Carlo.
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    Tango?

    What's the URL? Carlo.
  7. Paganini indicated it as three downs and one up. Carlo.
  8. Tosca by Puccini. Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi. Georges Prêtre conducting. Carlo.
  9. It's the Schubert Fanatasy, just looked it up on the web. I saw Nikolaj Znaider play the Sibelius earlier on this week, which was fantastic. I'm surprised he's not more well known, and he hasn't really recorded much (which is a shame). You certainly should see Kavakos, it's an experience. Carlo.
  10. I'm going to see him play in a recital in Paris in February, which I'm greatly looking forward to. He's playing Beethoven's Spring and Kreutzer sonatas, and I think something by Schubert. He's probably the most technically secure violinist I've ever seen/heard. His interpretations are sometimes interesting (Ysaye Sonatas) but occaisionally I think there's not enough tonal or dynamic contrast. I've only seen him once so far, but I'll post more after I hear him in Paris. Is his violin really the one on the front of the Sevcik books? I've always wondered what that violin was! Carlo.
  11. Isn't Van Cliburn still around? Does anyone know if he still gives concerts? Carlo.
  12. Working on them pre-teen? That's a little OTT - not even a lot of famous soloists have managed that. Carlo.
  13. Yes, I enjoyed this recording too - his cadenza is cool, isn't it? I've always thought Bell is one player who is better to listen to than watch - he looks so uncomfortable while playing! Yet what reaches your ears is sometimes meltingly beautiful. What Gil Shaham was it that moved you to tears? Carlo.
  14. Too true, lots of Bach to get your hands on, and Debussy. It's a shame this part of maestronet isn't more active. Carlo.
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