Eugen Modri

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  1. Thank you, it was quite interesting. I listened to maybe 3/4 of them and to be honest they do not "speak" to me. But then, tastes differ. The recording is hard to decode. The playing does not help much either. A couple of those violin sound(ed) promising for a few notes but less so as the music carried on. I'll find some time and listen to the violas, too. Interesting, I was expecting a storm of opinions from the "usual culprits" but it looks like violin tone is not that important anymore. :)
  2. Wonderful post, absolutely wonderful !
  3. 1. Not my intention Mr. Swan. My intention was to be condescending, not patronizing. I seem to have missed it by miles. 2. I am not a Russian school product. I trained in Romania and was one of the first generations to go through the whole system ( 19 years ) from kindergarten to Conservatory. Later, Romanian school borrowed from Russian school but during my time and including Conservatory it was decidedly French based and for political reasons Russian influences were not received well. It is here that you and I have something in common : Mr. Stross believes I play ineffectively, too. Anyway, I am sure in time we will find some common understandings. I wish you the best in your business.
  4. 1. Maybe you can but not attentively. You made a complete mess from Mr. Strelnikov's post where you replaced what he actually wrote with whatever beliefs you had. Sure, his English might not be the finest but it isn't completely incomprehensible either. To paraphrase you, I suggest you apologize. 2. Not what I asked 3. You read Shaw. I could not care. I'm not interested in cute sentence turns. I do not think he had any musical education. Not being able to read an orchestral score meant his exposure to music was very limited. 4. Passes what test ? The test of being the greatest music critic of all time ? You think Liszt who could transcribe Wagner's scores at the piano a prima vista was a moron ? 5. Not at all. What kind of logic is that ? I simply invited you ( in a nice way ) to bring supporting arguments to your statement. Nothing yet... 6. Of course I can. And anyway, what's that got to do with what I asked ? 7. Well, you said is Shaw. And after all , you can not say "he is the greatest" without being able to blah, blah, blah, blah, blah....
  5. An EXCELLENT idea ! Count me in. Now, which post I changed ?
  6. What is it you find so astonishing ? Mr Swan and Mr Strelnikov seem to agree on everything.... And it was not an exchange on generalities but on the specific question if a violin's suitability has to be established by the actual user and on actual repertoire... Are you often so distracted ? By the way where did you learn GBS was "the greatest music critic of all time" ?
  7. I did not change any of my posts. Which post are you talking about ?
  8. Anything wrong with the quality of the violin ?
  9. There is no need to be sorry. I know how you play because I heard you.And so did others. World (much ) smaller than you think. And I hope you have a better clientele than the ones who play "to some extent" like you. I really appreciate your knowledge and the way you impart it in other fields. You are very intelligent and informed. However, your violin playing is by classical standard, simply non-existent. It may inform your business activities but your violin tone opinions hold zero water with me and from what I recently read with others, too. You have no concept of tone production on violin, in other words what you have to do to produce good tone, practically.
  10. Your playing will tell me if I should place any weight on your opinions. I already know my playing.
  11. Do you have any evidence besides your disrespectful speculations ? He is a dedicated, talented, wonderful young man who worked incredibly hard and for long years. Had the courage to test his metal against similar others. Your speculations are utterly inappropriate.
  12. That is because you play superficially, with low bow ( and left hand ) pressure and Strads fit that style of playing like a glove. People who like to dig into the string need time to adapt.
  13. Yes, in very general terms you are right. Doesn't detract from the violin's qualities though.
  14. How DO you come up with these things and in which way do you think they are useful ? He is a player of stellar capabilities and it is let's say, unkind to portray him as mildly dishonest. Can I have a sample of your playing, please ? Pretty please ?