November 8, 2008 at 4:37 AM
`But he`s only an orchestral player` whined my student. `Well,` I responded laconically `the concertmaster of one of the top ten orchestras in the world is by default one of the best players around. It`s your loss if you don`t go.`
I was right, and then some. The concertmaster of the Vienna PHil played a recital to about sixty people in a beautiful private hall last night and just blew me away. It was one of the most vibrant, technically perfect and beautiful examples of playing I have heard in years.
Afterwards he talked about his Stradivarus, the ex-Viotti and how it ha d taken him about four years to come to terms with the awkward notes where more bow, or less, or a specific finger pressure was necessary or the sound went dull. `Now,` he said `its not possible to play on another instrument.
It wa s one of the best sounding I have ever heard.
I tried the "Viotti" Stradivarius when I was in Asia. It is such an amazing violin I will second that.
What is this concertmaster's name? What is his background? What was on the program? Thanks for the report, Buri.
Nate, more later when I have recovered. Taht cocnert took a lot outy of me. Not joking.
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