April 23, 2009 at 10:54 PM
just a quick blog bfore the weekend vote blows it out of the water. (Laurie- how about `If you had to choose between Kreutzer or the complete works of sevcik with no other options which would it be?)
As Dottie noted in response ot my previous blog, this youtube stuff can get you into the deep doo-doo of addiction. Some quickies then. If you have`t heard of Philip Hirshorn then it`s time. A major competition winner when that meant something who was highly respected by Kogan. He basically went into teaching (Janine Jansen is one of his pupils) and died way too young. Wonderful sound, extraordinary bowing technique- faster than average stroke. Bit like Heifetz in that respect. I can hear a litlte bit of nervous tension in his playing as an internal rather than physical issue) which is becoming to me a littl e bit of a sign of a talent that tend s to burn up the owner . (Cf Hassid) Listen especially to his Geminiani and Lekeu sonata.
Of all the versions of Meditation by Thais I do not believe any version (not even the awesome Milstein) comes close to Kreisler. He owns this piec e and the recording I heard on you tube was him at his absolute best. If all this emotion and sentiment is putting you over the edge its time to calm down with some very honest and beautiful playing by Joachim. Playing Romanze in c, presumably his own composition? something of great integrity and value in his playing, I think.
Laurie should ban you from v.com. Listening to these old recordings makes one lose desire to hear modern violinists. This could be harmful... :)
I have become addicted to zukerman's chamber music. This performance of the brahms quintet with an all star group is a must listen.
What effortless playing, yet powerful stage presence and sound.
some of his videos when he was younger
Thank you for posting these!
This is the first I have heard of Philippe Hirshhorn, and I'm so glad to have heard his Lekeu sonata. What an extraordinary performance!
Wonderfully yummy! Thank you thank you, Buri!
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