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  1. In case anyone here has not noticed this news article yet, I've supplied a link.
  2. In addition to being from Canada, which converted to metric shortly after Pierre Trudeau was elected, despite the U.S. being overwhelmingly our main trade partner, I have an M. Sc. in Physics, and so I would be very familiar with the metric system in any event. I am glad that my response turned out to be helpful - and that you have a playable violin.
  3. Quadibloc

    Free Pianos

    It is true because people find it hard to afford living space, free pianos are out there. But usually they're not 19th century antiques, so I doubt you'll find real ivory on the keys of one.
  4. The total length of the violin, if it is 494 mm, would not make it that small. The body is more than half the total length, and so it would be a 1/8 size violin or larger. However, the total length is also given as 11 1/2", which is less than 300 mm. So if the metric size is a typo for 294 mm, then, yes, a violin with a body length smaller than 200 mm is indeed very small, less than 1/32. However, given that a six-year-old child is less than half as tall as an adult, it may well be that someone would have felt that such a small violin was the right size for such a child, even if the convention today is to use one that is larger. Had the length been 194 mm instead, I'd agree that it was virtually certain that it was intended for a doll or otherwise to be looked at but not played.
  5. But she can still be acclaimed, if at least one person recognized that she was very good, and then said so in public.
  6. And, indeed, this is not a typo. While Katia Bunatishvili plays the piano, Lisa Batiashvili plays the violin. And here they are, doing just that. As for Yuja Wang, while she seems to be very talented to me, I have seen some criticism of at least one of her performances: some feel that her attempt at a homage to Art Tatum was inadequate.
  7. And just to prove that there are very many famous women playing the piano, from Katia Buniatishvili's small homeland comes another acclaimed pianist, Nino Gvetadze:
  8. And here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFRFgRm1BYE is a duet between Katia Buniatishvili and Yuja Wang. Small world, isn't it?
  9. I don't follow classical music all that much, so, for example, I hadn't heard of Khatia Buniatishvili. I mean, I had heard of Nona Gaprindashvili and Maya Chiburdanidze, and more recently, of a certain Ms. Paikidze in the United States... not that any of them played the piano, as far as I know.
  10. Burning fossil fuels is a bad thing, and disposing of plastics into landfills creates its own problems. But making articles for permanent use out of plastic doesn't seem to me to be any more problematic than the use of stone or granite. Thus, plastic chess pieces mean we can do without elephant ivory. And of course there's the tagua nut where a closer resemblance is sought.
  11. Maybe this is the news item to which he is referring: https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/sounds-of-the-future-ottawa-symphony-tries-out-plastic-3d-printed-violins-1.4161834
  12. To me, 007 sounded like a normal violin, while 006 sounded like a violin being played as a fiddle... and with something (i.e. a resonant peak or two) missing. (Since, as you later noted, both recordings were made with the carbon back, maybe this was just due to one effect of the carbon back being less apparent with different musical material. It's interesting my preference was the reverse of that of the others.) From first principles, I would expect a carbon back not to make too much of a difference; successful carbon fiber violins have been made, and the back is a less critical part of the violin than the belly.
  13. You could be moved to playing the viola, but that's usually regarded as a demotion.
  14. I am glad to hear that I was under a misconception about what a "historically informed performance" entails. This is not only more authentic, but more musically valid - therefore strengthening the role of that kind of performance in addition to updated performances.
  15. While that may be true, this can confuse people by confounding two different meanings of the word "romantic". Given that jazz, which often employs popular songs from Tin Pan Alley, as its source material, is generally regarded as a valid musical art form, taking the notes of Baroque composers, and interpreting them as though additiional performance instructions, such as a Romantic composer would provide, were present can't be categorically condemned. If you go back far enough before Bach, you will encounter a time when it was not the general practice to give detailed performance instructions, but performances at the time did still include contrasts of tempo and loudness as the perfomer found appropriate. So playing only what is written at least in that case is even inauthentic. And, of course, the older musical instruments got replaced by the ones we use today partly because they were perceived in their day to have limitations that people struggled to overcome. But while taking the music of the past and giving it a form suited to the present day is legitimate, so is trying to hear it as it originally was. Indeed, I would even go so far as to say that the two modes of performance are interdependent. Going back to the source as a reference is needed to ensure that performances of an old tune for the present don't use, as their starting point, the old tune as brought up to date for the recent past - from a version updated to the slightly less recent past. Having updated performances helps confirm that a particular tune is of interest, and worth the effort to play as it once was heard. So both approaches, I think, play a very valuable role, even if one may prefer to listen to performances of one or the other kind.