Written by Sal Peralta
Published: November 26, 2014 at 12:01 AM [UTC]
As a student and someone with new exposure to the violin, I have to say: What a wonderful time it is to be a violinist and a fan of classical music!
More than at any other time in human history, we have access to great music performed by a variety of artists in venues around the world. With so much music at our fingertips, it begs the question: What are your favorite recordings?
Please use the comments to link to your own faves!
I'll start the conversation by posting a few of my own favorites for your listening (and viewing) pleasure:
One of my favorite concertos. I have seen it performed live by Jushua Bell and some others but I am pretty sure that this version by Maxim Vengerov has spoiled me for other artistic interpretations.
This was Hahn's encore following her German debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. It was the first piece of music that made me weep with joy at seeing a young teenager perform with such poise and talent.
There are versions of this out there by more accomplished violinists such as Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Perlman, Jansen, Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov, but Benedetti's version the one that made me fall in love with the piece.
There are very few versions of this wonderful concerto that I do not enjoy (unlike Sibelius), but this version by Perlman is wonderful. Perlman's confidence and humility really shine through in this recording.
This concerto is very well-suited to Bell's unique playing style and energy. Plus, what's not to like about the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields?
One commenter on Youtube called this the best 12 minutes of her life. 'Nuff said.
It's really a treat to see video of these two greats performing such a lovely piece of music.
There are very few professional versions of this concerto that I don't adore, but for me Hahn edges out Heifetz as my fave.
Showed off each voice in the piece very clearly, which for me makes it more exciting than the extremely fast Kristof Barati version here:
One of my favourite pieces played in 3 lovely ways:
Ave Maria by
Young Jascha Heifetz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZV35IcVD5w
On Wings of Song by Mendelssohn, played by Young Jascha Heifetz:
My all time favourite is Bach Chaconne by Heifetz!
Young Heifetz: Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRhSUXf_7aI
This one is much more energetic and sounds much better in my book, especially the chords.
Old Heifetz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xhCdyQ_8Wg
My #1 video when I want be excited or see a plain gut e string in action!
Another take on Hilary Hahn's Erlkonig. Words fail me in trying to describe this - agree totally with A.S. above, and more...
Beethoven from Francescatti and Mitropoulos
The best account of the orchestral part I've ever heard. Francescatti is pretty good too..... Elysian.
King David in Shostakovich. No comment necessary - the intensity in the big cadenza is almost frightening!
Two Oistrakhs in Sarasate. Interesting to hear David in this kind of repertoire. The old video quality makes them look like two (perfectly matched) puppets at the beginning! But the playing is no joke
There's also Oistrakh (David) unravelling the 'Labyrinth' somewhere, and Hilary Hahn playing unaccompanied Nielsen as though it's no harder than 'Twinkle'. And much more...
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