Ivry GitlisViolinists: Recordings and Performances: thoughts?
From Chris Meyer
From Patrick Huhe's amazing...really unique violinist with a very warm sound. I love listening to anything gitlis (i love his paganini concerto 2 La Campanella recording as well as his introduction & rondo capriccioso video on YouTube)
Posted on August 5, 2007 at 07:20 AM
From Sander MarcusHe is clearly a great violinist. His on-again, off-again vibrato takes some getting used to, and I can't say I'm entirely comfortable with it in the traditional romantic works. But it is absolutely perfect for the Bartok Concerto and Solo Sonata. These pieces fit him like a glove, and are my all-time favorite recorded performances of those works.
Posted on August 5, 2007 at 06:47 PM
From nathaniel valloisDefinitely a unique and extraordinary violinist. For sheer excitement, he's at the very top of the tree. To echo Sander, his Bartok is gobsmacking, (and by the way his Berg, Hindemith and Stravinsky are also outstanding), in the Romantic repertoire he's less fully satisfying to me, because whether it's Mendelssohn or Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky or Sibelius it's all basically in the same style: electrically intense, somewhat gypsy-ish in sound and temperament, but overall not terribly subtle. I find myself initially blown away by his playing but then it gets a little predictable.There are always remarkable passages to be thrilled by (the opening of the Sibelius is memorable), but don't expect to find a sense of repose. Even in the Bartok, in the slow movements, to me that is a slight drawback. I would still recommend just about everything he's done, it's always an "experience". He's a great guy (well, a venerable 80-year-old plus man by now) and his comments in the Art of Violin are typical.
Posted on August 5, 2007 at 08:41 PM
From Sung-Duk SongI had the fortune of working closely with Mr. Gitlis as a pupil and North American tour manager. Due to some political misfortunes in the music business (details of which I do not wish to disclose), he has not been able to establish a big presence here in the States. However, he is definitely a very special "artist". He is in his 80's and still has a very colorful life, to say the least. Many people don't seem to fully understand his artistic viewpoint. He sees the notes on a piece of music as a bunch of dancers on a stage. He likes to "choreograph" the notes to bring them to life. The importance of having a choreographer or a fashion designer's approach to music is what he gave to me. His sense of adventure even carries over to his personal life -- he has a passion for driving fast cars around in the french countryside on a quiet Sunday morning!
Posted on August 6, 2007 at 12:45 AM
From rolf den otterI have some of his VOX lp's, and had a lot of trouble with his "theremin" like vibrato....
Posted on September 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM
But some clips I looked at recently on youtube made me a bit more positive about him.
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From Adam DawdyHe's definitely not subtle. He carries his demonic approach into every piece he attacks. I saw a vid of his Schon Rosmarin (granted, he is old in it) in which he simply hacked through it. No sweetness or romance, it was all on the string hacking. He sounded simply terrible in this piece.
Posted on September 13, 2007 at 05:28 PM
From Antonello LofùGreat violinist,
Posted on September 13, 2007 at 10:48 PM
From Yixi ZhangI saw people use the expression "violinistic" often on this site and it sounds really nice, but what does it really mean?
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 02:19 AM
From Jim W. MillerIt means like "lawyerly" except with violins.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 02:35 AM
From Marty DaltonI saw him play Schon Rosmarin and I thought it was fantastic! I loved his playful approach to the piece. This guy, 150 years old or not, is a great violinist and a true musician.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 02:38 AM
From Chris MeyerI love that clip of Schon Rosmarin... Very unique/playful..
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 04:04 AM
He puts a lot of passion in his playing. No one has or ever will sound like him
From Yixi ZhangJim, "lawyerly" means something ugly or yuko in my dictionary. I hope you were wrong about violinistic.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 04:34 AM
From Jim W. MillerI used to have the Devil's Dictionary memorized. I think lawyer was something like "A person specialized in circumventing the law" maybe lawyerly came from that. I thought it meant studious and methodical.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 04:40 AM
From Yixi ZhangOh, you are being very kind to them lawyers.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 04:55 AM
From Jim W. MillerI think violinistic might mean associated specifically with violin. That's probably wrong too.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 10:17 AM
From Yixi ZhangI wonder which great violinist isn't violinistic.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 05:38 AM
From Jim W. MillerMaybe one who insists on playing regular E instead of harmonic E? Just guessing.
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 05:52 AM
From Sandrine RAFFINIvry is a customer of our workshop...
Posted on September 14, 2007 at 08:33 AM
A simply and a very interesting musician.
From Chris MeyerI LOVE this recording...
Posted on January 3, 2008 at 03:58 AM
From Sung-Duk SongChris: Good taste :)
Posted on January 3, 2008 at 11:55 PM
The Gitlis sound is so sensuous with 1000 different layers of colours. I got pissed off at a friend majoring in violin at the Hartt School of Music when he said, "Funny -- I only hear a plain, dull sound from Gitlis!" I was like "Are you deaf???? One might like or not like Gitlis, but can never accuse him of being dull or boring for sure."
From Lauren ManningI'm a Gitlis fan. Yes I really love the Art of Ivry Gitlis collection; his playing is unlike that of any other violinist. Can't say I prefer his rendition of Intro and R.C. though. He performed the Tchaikovsky concerto with my orchestra several years ago. I still remember one rehearsal...his fingers seemed to be asleep or something and he comically remarked that maybe it was because he had 'spent too much time in the hot tub'. :P
Posted on January 5, 2008 at 01:25 PM
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