The Week in Reviews, Op. 213: Baiba Skride; Augustin Hadelich; Itzhak Perlman border=0 align=

The Week in Reviews, Op. 213: Baiba Skride; Augustin Hadelich; Itzhak Perlman

January 15, 2018, 9:28 PM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Baiba Skride performed the Tchaikovsky with the New York Philharmonic.

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Ear's the Thing - Lessons from Robert Mann's Inspired Playing

January 12, 2018, 10:44 AM · Some of the best violin lessons can be found for free on Amazon Prime. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Speak the Music, the documentary about Robert Mann, being offered along side the usual comedy and action films. He was the founding violinist of the Juilliard Quartet, a position he held for over 50 years. Mann died on New Year's Day, at the age of 97.

Watching Mann play when he was older, I think in his mid-70’s, I noticed an unconventional bow hold in which his knuckles were raised quite high and the fingers would squeeze together. His hand looked cramped, and very different from the Franco-Belgian bow hold he usually assumed. His naturally spaced fingers, normally relaxed and flexible, became transformed into what looked like a claw, and yet were still perfectly functional.

Even though his early videos, when he was in his 40’s, showed a more perfect-looking bow hold, I thought that how he looked was less relevant than how he balanced his thoughts and observations. His musical foundation guided his playing from on high. Keep reading...

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V.com weekend vote: Would you miss a flight to keep your instrument out of cargo?

January 12, 2018, 9:00 AM · Over the last week there has been a lot of discussion about an incident in which a viola da gamba was destroyed when it was put in the cargo hold on Alitalia airlines last week. Was it the airline's fault, for handling the item so roughly? Was it the owner's fault, for failing to purchase a ticket for the instrument and allowing it to be put in cargo? A combination?

Violinists and violists generally do not have to purchase an extra ticket for their instruments; we fly with the hope (and sometimes we can arrange more of a guarantee) that there will be room in an overhead compartment. But it doesn't always happen, and on occasion violinists have been told they must put their instruments in the cargo hold. Whether one says "yes" to that depends on a number of things: the value and age of the instrument; the case it's in; and generally weighing the risk of damage to the considerable inconvenience of missing a flight.

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