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Violinists: Recordings and Performances: Three versions of Zigeunerweisen

From Theodore Kruzich
Posted December 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate:

Here are my three favorite renditions by Joshua Bell , Sophie Mutter and Aaron Rosand. Listen and let me know your choice amoungst these three violinists.

Bell :


Aaron Rosand:

From Simon Streuff
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM
mutter is most beautiful! I listen to the others later.
Edit: Bell still not for me... but obviously good
Here some of my favorites:
Ricci with Persinger:
Elman (inventive and free... Elman!):
I only have the recording, cannot find on yt.
Gitlis at age 80... awesome!:
From Nimesh Chudasama
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I personally prefer the Heifetz or Rabin.
From Theodore Kruzich
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Hi again violinist.com members:

These three(Bell, Mutter, Rosand)are my modern day violinist preferences. You have chosen violinists from the past. Are there any other currently performing violinists you would prefer ??

From Bruce Berg
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 03:26 PM
There is a"period instrument" performance which demonstrates the proper style. It is Pablo De Sarasate performing Sarasate.
From Simon Streuff
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I think if kavakos would play it, it would be my favorite. Mutter is very nice though. Rosand I will listen to later.
From Daniel Orenstein
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I don't think Milstein ever recorded it...
From Simon Streuff
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 09:01 PM
yes, I actually think so too. Its not his sound. It is an old mp3 possible wrong named.
From Bruce Bodden
Posted on December 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I would submit my favorite, but Lara St. John's recording is not on YouTube :\
From Andrijana Durmisevic
Posted on December 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Pablo de Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
November 28, 2012 11:37

Pablo de Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
How should I train for the first part of (slow), how much a day should I practice this piece? Are there ways in which to practice (faster part) I play this piece for about 10 days, how many months I have to work on technique? Are there any special exercises for this piece, which move to do, which etudes to practice? Thank you! :)

From D Kurganov
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 01:48 AM
definitely the best of version from a living violinist in my opinion.
and definitely up there for 'best of all time'


another I was really impressed with was from a young 12 year old werner von schnitzler - sounds like a young isaac stern/pinchas zukerman!


From Sander Marcus
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I recall that years ago an aging Mischa Elman gave a recital (maybe in Chicago), and the newspaper reviewer the next day wrote, "...and then there was the usual Zigeunergarbage."
From Gregory Lewis
Posted on December 11, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Yi Jia Susanne Hou plays this quite well!
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