GoPractice Posted September 30, 2019 Report Share Posted September 30, 2019 59 minutes ago, Evan Smith said: Certainly a lot of core to the sound, doesn't seem to disappear throughout the entire register. The crunch of the bow is an interesting feature and says a lot to me, it possibly says more to the player. Certainly, i was not there, but... the way these instruments are being played on video, any number of living maker violins would have sounded better. It is fascinating how he does not ease into these instruments, listening for details, range or sensitivities of any particular instrument. I realize that a true evaluation session would not make for an interesting video. All these historic instruments behave differently... The young actor/ violinist would likely be more violinist/ actor on his next visit to the Museo. The way he started the session, it looks as if he expected more from the 1715 "Cremona" and attacked the high contact point almost immediately. For the Guarneri, his expectation was de-tuned a bit from the experience with the 1715, so did not press it any harder than necessary. To my relief, it was nice that his own violin appear to sound the clearest and most dynamic. In the 2nd half of the video, he relaxes a bit and starts to sound better, notably in the upper octaves. On the spectrum of curiosity, if he had been playing a $100 violin and played the instrument a la David Garrett, that would - at least to me - be fascinating. How would he have adapted his playing. He might sound the same - which would be his brand. Certainly, he is not a bad player, just one ( once ) dimensional. There are plenty of muscular graduate violin students that make this type of sound, or better. If this is acceptable playing, then the mystique of the ancient instruments really is nothing but marketing. The hall without people in it is insurance. Every maker in Cremona needs to book the hall with a fine instrumentalist but sell only about 100 tickets, printed with the wrong dates on them. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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