I periodically type the names of my very favorite artists into various search engines, as I've learned some valuable things in the past by doing this. The other day I typed "Toscha Seidel" into the search engine at amazon.com and up came a DVD for a movie: "Melody for Three". Knowing that Seidel was the violin soloist in many movies, I assumed this to be the case with "Melody for Three", and purchased the DVD. Upon receiving and playing the DVD today, I was most pleasantly surprised to find that Seidel is not only heard on the soundtrack, but actually seen playing in the movie! For years I have been a most enthusiastic fan of his artistry, and today I was able to see him play for the first time. There are two drawbacks to this DVD, however, about which the prospective purchaser should be forewarned: 1.The audio on the DVD is atrociously distorted...I imagine that this likely happened in the transfer to DVD. I have the original 78rpm recording of him playing the soundtrack music; it has a far lower distortion level. The same is true of the LP transfer and the CD transfer; both have better recorded sound than the DVD. 2. You only see Seidel play for about four measures, though you hear him throughout the movie. Despite these shortcomings, I'm nonetheless glad and grateful to have the movie DVD. The piece he mainly plays throughout the movie is "Brahmsiana" by K. Bakaleinikoff...this is one of my very favorite Seidel recordings. For me, Toscha Seidel is unequaled in his ability to ellicit feelings of sweetness and affection from the listener through his unique expressive violin persona.
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