Herman West

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  1. As far as I know there are not going to be any concerts in the foreseeable future, so what would people be rehearsing for? The online concerts we're seeing are from the archives.
  2. I think if the gravestone had just said "Jacqueline Du Pre" plus two dates, visitors would still have known this was JdP's grave. This looks like a gratuitous posthumous act of appropriation. Yes, in a lot of cases the name of the husband was mentioned on gravestones, but that was because wives (dead or alive) used to take a subsidiary role. This doesn't apply in this case. To return to the original point, yes, her playing was wonderful, even though I don't think she "owns" the Elgar or anything. I'm not too thrilled by the Marilyn Monroe equation. Part of JdP's fame may be due to the fact she often wore her hair long and free and the whole Sixties thing, but I would hope that that doesn't bowl over people any longer, decades later.
  3. Because those big steel finetuners often scratch the varnish when you're changing strings.
  4. you need to get rid of those steel finetuners quick.
  5. Pretty much all attributions on that Catawiki auction site are to be taken with a giant grain of salt. I don't think the Catawiki 'experts' know anything.
  6. why would you do that? It looks like a piece of junk.
  7. Don't do it. I see customs and other legal problems looming. Plus if the travel expenses are for one or two violins each time, that's pretty steep. Or: what if you buy and import a fiddle nobody wants?
  8. she's got very powerful arms and hands, so careful Bill.
  9. unfortunately the problem is that the "we" who feel this way, are not the "we" that runs countries with rainforests. the unsynchronicity of regional or national cultures get exploited by big corporations in a big way. it's one of the factors that will do the planet in.
  10. It's a beautiful piece, my favorite LvB sonata, and virtually every recording by a first class violinist is bound to be special. Personally I usually reach for Francescatti. One problem with some recordings may be that Beethoven (just like Bach) used to be regarded as the composer for grand last statements by renowned performers, by the time their technique was giving out. I mean Beethoven was deaf, so he wouldn't be offended? There is the Menuhin - Kempff recording as an instance, and the above linked Robert Mann live performance, which evinces a lot of intonation insecurity plagueing Mann's playing for the last twenty (!) performing years.
  11. Perhaps it's worthwhile to keep in mind that at least half of the violin playing world consists of women, young and old, if not more than half. So. with talk about "anything in a skirt" and the presumption that women lie more than men (I believe the current USA president, a man, has told more than 10.000 attested lies in three years, and we're still counting) you're not helping the profession. You're alienating a large part of the clientele.
  12. because it's saying a woman is a THING with a skirt?
  13. A phrase like "Anything that wears a skirt" doesn't need "vocal inflections" to see what attitude is speaking.