November 25, 2007 at 8:25 PMI have a friend, Ferenc Illenyi, who is a member of the Houston Symphony. Ferenc is a fabulous violinist. He plays everything brilliantly. I got to wondering whether Ferenc had ever posted on Youtube so I did a search and -- surprise!!-- I found his sister, Katica. Katica is talented and beautiful and she or others have posted a few clips that are worthy of your attention:
I won't embed the others but these are all quite good
Her partner in the Bach Double must certainly be her younger brother. He is the image of Ferenc.
She talks about her background and upbringing in her web site.
To me this is what it means to be a crossover artist. Not just a PR creation but someone with real talent.
I like her though, especially that "Chanson des Rues" she plays on the second clip. Reminds me of some of the stuff Laurent Korcia plays on "Doubles Jeux"--now THAT is a good album, btw. :)
(P.S.--hi Joe!) ;-) ;-) ;-)
"Within the classical recording industry the term "crossover" is applied particularly to classical artists' recordings of popular repertoire such as Broadway show tunes, or collaborations between classical and popular performers such as Sting and Edin Karamazov's album Songs from the Labyrinth. Deep Purple's Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969) and Gemini Suite Live (1970) are early examples of this, and Metallica's S&M (1999) is a more recent example."
It seems the word can mean what you want it to me. Katica Illenyi was trained in the classical idiom at Ferenc Liszt Academy. She apparently still plays classical (witness the Bach)
Thanks for sharing this,
Thank you so much for sharing this! She's wonderful!! Excellent violinist plus strong stage presence plus delightful personality plus lots of charm. I can well understand why she is a sensation!
Whatever her real popularity I think she is sensational!
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