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  1. In all likelihood, it was the 'Townley' aka Kubelick Guarneri. It was the violin he played for most of his career. It was also previously played by Franz von Vecsey, and is now in the hands of Kyung Wha Chung. I think he bought it for just over 5K. He had the chance to buy the Kochanski Guarneri around the same time, and apparently slightly regretted not buying it for what would have been around 25K US. What sound effects are you speaking of in this recording? I agree, his phrasing was almost always outstanding. One thing that helps is that his momentum never really yielded to technical challenge. Glad you enjoyed the piece, I know of no other recording that even compares to this one. Recommendations?
  2. I extracted this performance of the Rondo - 3rd mov. - from Wieniawski's first concerto, played by Michael Rabin in 1954 at age 18, from one of the longer 'unissued radio broadcasts' of his uploaded to youtube. Are you familiar with this piece? What do you think of this performance? Enjoy!
  3. Found this recording of 'le vent' composed by Franz von Vecsey. The record label apparently indicates that the performer was Cavalier H. Solloway, but it appears to be a pseudonym. Is anyone aware of a violinist by that name? If not, any guesses as to who it was? Vecsey himself? Curious. Thanks.
  4. There was recently a blog post on another violin site - perhaps some of you here saw it - that spoke briefly of the Cuban violinist Brindis de Salis. Not a whole lot of information on him online, but what is out there, especially the first-hand accounts of his playing, leaves no doubt he was an exceptionally talented violinist with strong personal style. Does anyone know much about him or have anything to share? Cheers
  5. I'd suggest Geraldine DeCourcy's biography. It is the best I've come across. I'd argue that the myths are less compelling than the facts, and it is a shame they divert attention from his art. As someone who usually enjoys 'bad' movies more than 'good' ones, that is one seriously bad movie. About Paganini or not, just terrible, there was no redeeming qualities.
  6. Soobeen Lee is amazing, here's a video of her at 14 playing Wieniawski. She seems well on her way to being one of the very best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JjOjUbJ_ZY
  7. Whenever I see a Guarneri instrument, I am always struck by the beauty of the outline/shape when looking at the instrument head on. The curves of the instrument seem to transition from above the sea boats, through them, and on to the bottom of the instrument with the smoothest transition. Another way to say it might be that the angles of the curve are the least acute possible, they are spread out into the most obtuse shape. They look the roundest in a way, the most organic and natural. Comments?
  8. What a great video of Szery g playing Bach; thanks!
  9. I recall reading how psychologist did a study on this phenomenon. Apparently you are just as prone to forget your empty wallet somewhere as a wallet containing $10,000. The value of the item does not easily penetrate to the subconscious
  10. Greatly enjoy watching her play. Someone to keep an eye on. Beautiful tone!
  11. May as well revive another thread tonight, from the days when music wasn't shared so easily. Here's an update. I don't know much about Wanda Wilkomirska, other that her playing is wonderful, especially the following Kreisler. She plays with real energy.
  12. I was about to start a thread about Julian Sitkovetsky, simply to share the art of a great violinist whose skill greatly exceeds his fame. However, a search turned up this thread, so I'm reviving it. Certainly, few recordings of his were available in 2002, and it is now possible to share them. Born in 1925, he died at age 32 in 1956. Some said that he would have exceeded Oistrakh and Kogan in fame had he lived longer. He's got a distinct style and sound. I'm trying to think how to describe his playing, but I find it to be fun and not too serious, among other things. Somewhat deliberate, obvious interpretations which, in a way, make one wonder how other violinists have not ended up playing pieces so simply. I was particularly impressed with his Streghe. This is a tough piece for many to make good, but his tone is fine and he does his own thing with it (unless this is someone's transcription I'm not aware of). I enjoy his playing. What do you think?
  13. I learnt mostly via Suzuki method as a kid, with three main teachers. When playing with other conservatory-trained violinists later in life, I saw that many could not play a simple melody by ear without notes in front of them. I was surprised, as this was one of those skills that I assumed every violinist had. We're not talking great violinists, or ever good in the scheme of things, on either side, but ones who could, say, play fairly easily through book 6 or 7 or Suzuki. I'll be the first to admit that my theory, sight-reading, etc., are not equivalent to students of other methods. But I don't think I'd trade for that. Either way, as complete or incomplete as any method is, it seems that being able to play by ear (as well as whatever else) is a skill that every violinist should have. Being able to express oneself seems pretty difficult otherwise.
  14. What do you think of this?
  15. Electrics can have pickups in different spots...from on the body, to in the bridge, to where a metal-cored string must be in contact with the metal pickup. You'll have to check it out. If it is on the body, then I would assume you'd fit a bridge as you normally would.