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My favourite violinists (from life performances and CDs and DVDs)

Male:

Itzhak Perlman

Vadim Repim

Vadim Gluzman

Gil Shaham

Female:

Viviane Hagner (especially when she played Intriduction & Rondo Capriccio @ around 12 years old)

Janine Jensen

Sarah Chang

Hilary Hahn

Cheers,

Allegro

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I have to throw in with the crowd on "best" (really meaning favorite) violinist: Hilary Hahn. Aside from her formidable, seemingly effortless technique, she has a consistently tight, quick, beautiful vibrato somewhat reminiscent of Heifetz'.

I'll also toss in a vote for Alexander Markov. His spellbinding job on Heinrich Ernst's transcription of Shubert's "Der Erlkoenig" blows my socks off every time I hear it.

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DocFidlStix
Alexander Markov. His spellbinding job on Heinrich Ernst's transcription of Shubert's "Der Erlkoenig" blows my socks off every time I hear it.

I don't see it on iTunes. Do you have a link so we can have a listen?

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I am new to the Forum, and will probably catch a lot of flak for this, but I don't think there will ever be another violinist like Heifetz.

He was just about perfect in all the qualities one must possess to be called the best violinist ever. And it sure didn't hurt anything that

he played on the best violin there ever was, most of his career. Of course Heifetz could make a cheap Chinese fiddle sound like a Strad,

but with the soul stirring sound of his David Guarneri, he became supreme. Of the modern violinist, I think Hilary Hahn and Alexander

Markov are good. Also,{please forgive the spelling, I have seen it several ways} Yang Liu or Wang Liu.

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I spend thousands every year going to concerts and meeting the artists. It's a passion of mine. Here's my list of my favourite, younger artists (not from the Galamian era). I should note that for me, these are all violinists who are artists first and foremost, each with a unique voice, and a tremendous amount of skill and beauty of tone. 1) James Ehnes 2) Frank Peter Zimmerman (his live Brahms with the Berlin Phil was like a religious experience the first time I heard it) 3) Ilya Gringolts 4) Leonidas Kavakos (besides Ehnes, possibly the most perfect violinist I've ever seen live). 5) Nikolaj Znaider

So, there's a pretty good list. Anyone who says the golden era of violin playing is over, should open their eyes and ears.

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the first that comes to mind is the severely underrated Nikolaj Znaider which some of you have mentioned. i'd heard him live many years ago and was so taken aback that i went back for the second night. technically he's the best i've heard live of the present violinists. flawless, literally! i mean it! it was said from members of the orch then that was not even a wrong note during rehearsals. i've acquired some of his CDs since and i enjoy them thoroughly. but technique alone wouldn't suffice, would it?

his playing has a certain charm reminiscent of the old school's playing too. there's always something that i find missing in most of the virtuosi today but with Znaider everything became sorta "ideal" for me.

i've had the chance to catch Leonidas Kavakos play Beethoven a few years back too and it left a very deep impression. afaik, he's the only one who has recorded the previous version of the Sibelius concerto. i've heard much about James Ehnes but he hasn't been featured (yet) in this country.

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I think I will have to make a list of all these mentioned in this

thread, and get recordings, atleast 2 of each one, and to seriously

get familiar with their style so I can clearly see for myself if I

think they ought to be the major history in 50 years from now.

This post may sound like a personal quip, but in truth, if you

think about it, it should be a major food for thought in this whole

thread, because whoever takes this seriously (to do like me) will

then have their own answers!

I will be studying very closely to see if they have some certain

ingredients! I will try not to be blown away by purely technical

dazzle.

Also, no one mentioned that famous Chinese (can't remember

name, but she also recorded Paganini caprices). She is technically

flawless too, I think. But whilst I appreciate her musical

interpretation, and I HAVE read great things about her musicality,

that review doesn't yet translate into reality, according to my

feelings. 

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I also like Leila Josefowicz. She's unique in that she champions a lot of music by contemporary composers, in addition to playing all the standard repertoire.

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Must add that too, as well as a few others.

It would be nice if there were easy and convenient places to

download and hear excerpts (long enough) from these artists,

without charge, which complicates things. If anyone knows, would be

nice to post!

I get the impression that anything long and nice enough to make

much sense of, requires all kinds of memberships and credit

cards etc. 

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Artist websites are a good place to start if you're looking for sound clips. Most musicians have clips available for (free) download.

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Ken Nielsen:

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"I don't see it on iTunes. Do you have a link so we can have a

listen?"

I'm sorry, I don't.  I've only heard it 2 or 3 times on a

syndicated classical music program I listen to on my way to work.

 I haven't tried to find a recording.

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Wow! I can't complain there is not enough about Menuhin on video

searches from Yahoo you tube etc. They have entire concertos!

(almost looks like someone stole it and posts it with impunity!)

Alot of this was recently put up. I need time, however, to search

for all the other artists, if it's there, and then to listen alot.

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You will never get an answer as to who is best, because violin playing is not that easily measured. Is it an exact science? Not in my opinion. At times, I thought Heifetz sounded like a mechaniclal toy with a very tight spring. Milstein had much more feeling, but perhaps a tad less technique. Rabin at age 22 was an excellent comprimize and easier to enjoy. I had the priviledge to observe them and many others from the second violin section of the orchestra on several occasions. Yes, unfortunatly Im that old.

The young violinist of today are every bit as good, or perhaps better in many ways than the giants of the past.

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Here is a quick list of the candidates for best(favourite-sic!) violinists thus far

replete with their curent instruments (always subject to revision):

Salvatore Accardo Strad 1727 Francescatti

Gil Shaham Strad 1699 Contessa de Polignac

Hillary Hahn Vuillaume 1864 Guarneri del Gesù copy

Pinchas Zukerman Guarneri del Gesù 1734 Stauffer, Strad 1701 Dushkin

Itzhak Perlman Strad 1714 Soil

Josh Bell Strad 1713 Gibson ex Huberman

Philippe Quint Strad Kieserwetter 1723(?)

Nikolaj Znaider Strad ex-Liebig 1730

Alexander Markov Guarneri del Gesù 1737

Vadim Repim Strad "Ruby" 1708, Guarneri - 1737

Vadim Gluzman Strad 1690 ex-Auer

Viviane Hagner Strad 1717 Sasserno

Janine Jensen Strad 1727 Barrere

Sarah Chang Guarneri del Gesù 1717

Yang Liu Strad 1699 'Lady Tennant'

James Ehnes Strad 1715 Marsick

F.P. Zimmerman Strad 1706 ex-Dragonetti

Ilya Gringolts Strad1723 ex-Kiesewetter (?)

Leonidas Kavakos Strad 1692 Falmouth

No one nominated Maxim Vengerov and his ex-Kreutzer Strad 1727.

Leave you cold?

Not difficult to spot the "poor relation" is it? -

and she doesn't suffer from a lack of popularity.

Just goes to show......

The Stradivarius Society has played a fair hand in this list of instruments

for the "new kids on the block", it would seem.

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No one nominated Maxim Vengerov and his ex-Kreutzer Strad 1727.

Leave you cold?

Not difficult to spot the "poor relation" is it? -

and she doesn't suffer from a lack of popularity.

Just goes to show......

The Stradivarius Society has played a fair hand in this list of instruments

for the "new kids on the block", it would seem.

Maxim Vengerov is coming in town in April 17 to perform Mozart Violin Concerto #1 and #5. I think I'm going to see him.

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Thank you Obomono for your list of candidates and the instruments they play. That is very interesting.

And you, Norman Clark. What some pleasant memories you must have, of having played in the orchestra

while those great guest were performing.

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Ah, Erika.  So glad you mentioned Leila Josefowicz!

 I was afraid to mention here since I don't know a

lot about the classical world (and you know, music that only MOVES

you doesn't count, it must be technically Paganninian for the

artist to have merit!)

-But oh, I LOVE Leila's playing. So much fire for a (dare I say

it?) for a woman.  And that tone, oh my.....

 People rarely mention her, so I assume she's not thought of

as being in the top tier, but hey I wouldn't kick 'er out of

quartet.

I also greatly enjoy Gilles Apap.  I have no idea if he ranks

with the greats.  I don't really care.  His playing moves

me and inspires me more than almost any other player I know, so to

me he's the best alive today.

That Heifetz guy was pretty good, too.

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But oh, I LOVE Leila's playing. So much fire for a (dare I say

it?) for a woman. And that tone, oh my.....

People rarely mention her, so I assume she's not thought of

as being in the top tier, but hey I wouldn't kick 'er out of

quartet.


I think she's terrific -- she's my favorite female player. The Music Director here apparently agrees, because she appears regularly with the orchestra. Next season's lineup was just announced, and she's coming back to do the Knussen concerto.

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MANFIO

I would be much more interested to know who is today's David Oistrakh...

Not his son, it would seem?.......

fatherson.jpg

How would you assess his legacy, Claudio, without repeating cliches one might use for Heifetz?

Controled brilliance, technical security, contained passion, masterful interpreter?

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I've heard many many times that old LP featuring father and son playing Bach's double violin concerto...

And perhaps the CD I most love is that one in which David plays Brahms' and Cesar Frank's Sonatas, with Richter on the Piano, Live recording in the Moscow Conservatory. His Shostakovich is quite good too. I agree with Perlman's opinion about Oistrack in "The Art of The Violn", something like a mixture of abandonment and "cold technique', but I don't rememmber his words precisely.

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