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...is it just me...or is that an unfortunate wardrobe choice for a seated performance? :huh:

It's certainly an unfortunate wardrobe choice for women, but maybe a prime example of "violin porn."   BTW, played Paganini last week with Augustin Hadelich; a very fine technician (as they all seem to be these days...), an unfortunate confection of a concerto.  I'd have much preferred Stravinsky, as a previous poster noted.

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It's certainly an unfortunate wardrobe choice for women, but maybe a prime example of "violin porn."   BTW, played Paganini last week with Augustin Hadelich; a very fine technician (as they all seem to be these days...), an unfortunate confection of a concerto.  I'd have much preferred Stravinsky, as a previous poster noted.

...unfortunate wardrobe choice? ? That's not what they were saying in the first row. Many patrons of the arts were able to stay awake through that performance in anticipation of her next move. And may it be a grand, sweeping gesture, they so fervently hoped.

To me though, violin porn refers to extreme close-ups of the violin itself. Players are great...so many of them. And lots of the successful women are also beautiful. They can do whatever, and I'll still be focused on what the instrument is doing. Though I could go on and on about my favorite instruments, I hate to name names of my favorite performers. They are all great...though like you say...often players exhibit technical perfection alone.

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Joshua Bell will always be my top choice, although I feel confining it to only one choice, as there are other amazing modern violinists who may as well belong in the upper echelon of "great violinists of all time."

 

Muzio - Interesting how you mention Tianwa Yang. I've been following her career since the day I saw her play Paganini's caprices with ridiculous musical maturity at the age of what, 11? 12? I wish she'd stop playing Sarasate in her most recent Naxos releases, though. I don't think those musically empty showpieces are doing any justice to her amazing talent.

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