From Peter Schafer
Posted April 12, 2006 at 08:14 PM
Unfortunately, there are very few classical music pieces on it. And the violin playing that is up is generally in the "humor" category, i.e. awful screeching as comedy.
Anyway, I encourage folks here to upload video performances on youtube. I put up my daughter's recent Mozart No. 5, 1st movement:
And here is a very nice Bach:
Also, there are occasional clips of the greats, like this Milstein:
It's free and easy and maybe a critical mass of good violin playing can emerge, demonstrating for younger players (the youtube audience is generally pretty young) while doing something toward engaging new audiences.
A real talent, watch her play the 1st Caprice:
Is this girl the Chinese Michael Rabin?!
Or watch a little boy play La Ronde des Lutins of Bazzini. What a maniac!
It's not the arpeggiando that floors me, it's the descending thirds she does as if it's twinkle twinkle little star...
the double stop passage after the trills.... oh my god...
That's great. Would you please keep us in the loop when the little girl is coming? A million thanks.
I found this link, which IMHO is considerably less great...
Tell me what you think, I am really shocked to say the least! The sound doesn't match the video too well, just so you all know.
Found this as well, completely unrelated to violin but REALLY funny! This guy has a whole bunch of videos!
The sound's really off though... but it's still pretty enjoyable ... it's Heifetz!
If you guys have classical violinist clips, especially those hard to find old ones, try to upload them onto youtube!
complete last mvmt of brahms with milstein:
And the gitlis is great also!
ps: that girl is so amazing....the taiwanese one. her 5th caprice sounds just like mintz...!
Wow. Love watching NM. Great interpretation. Intonation for the first 2/3, not so good. I was surprised by that.
the first 2/3 of milstein's brahms was NOT out of tune!
Milstein's brahms is godlike!
It truly is amazing!
Gennady, Ilya, what do you guys think of playing like this!?
I think she must have bought a violin and bow specially designed to play Paganini, hehe...
There's a Heifetz Brahms video here but it's pretty dumb by comparison.
the first 2/3 of milstein's brahms was NOT out of tune!
Milstein's brahms is godlike!"
Check out these two spots: 5:19-5:24 in; also maybe 0:57-0:59 in.
It's still great. What I love about it is it's not godlike; it's very warm and humanlike ;^)
kogan playing hungarian dance and shosty prelude
Wow! So slow, but so carefully wrought. Beautiful.
For all you Anna-Sophie Mutter fans (and I know you're out there!) here's a video of her playing the 3rd movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.
I really like this, I think she plays it very beautifully, especially the lyrical passages. Very focused vibrato. The cadenza is amazing too, and she goes SOOO fast!!!
And here is Zuckerman, Perlman, Du Pre, Barenboim and Zubin Mehta playing the trout quintet, and one of the above minus Mehta playing the Ghost Trio:
me playing ellington:-
What wonderfully honest and refreshing videos! What is that piece he is playing when the piano falls apart? I heard it just a few weeks ago and I have forgotten. It must be a Russian composer, that's all I know.
And how on earth does he play the piano at the end like a harp?? Is that real? It certainly looks real! Would it be similar to playing a harp?
Oh my gosh that first video Graham posted is just AMAZINGGGGG!!!!!
Is that really real? I just can't fathom it out. It is the most unreal thing I have ever seen (violin-wise!) and I'd really have to see it to believe it!. Just WOW! Let's see Heifetz doing that, hehe.
And Zukerman with some honest-to-goodness accompanying! A rare video, indeed.
Here's also a Chopin etude that I really like:
Seeing that people have been putting things besides violin, I recently put this on for daughter's clarinet group
Plan to put the strings groups soon.
this is the funniest thing you'll ever see in your lives.
I've always been a skeptic when it came to Strats, being a Tele man. But, increasingly, I've grown skeptical in regard to Strads as well.
Parts 1 and 3 are also up.
What kind of guitar music are you into?
I'm a jazz guitar player, but I mostly play a Gretch Tennessee Rose because of the Bigsby. For me, the Bigsby gives a violinistic quality to the flat guitar sound.
I've played 4 different Stradivari violins, and there was no mistaking the sound of 2 of those violins.
2 of the Strads I played were extensively restored using modern retouching techniques. They looked like new violins and played like them. One of them in particular I disliked, and I was stunned to see a picture of myself with friends holding that violin. The varnish restorations were clearly visible on photographic medium!
My favorite Strad of the 4 was the 1708 Strad in the Tarisio auction that has a scroll by Omobono. It had what seemed to be original varnish and had sat in a collection for many years. I recall the varnish being somewhat thick on that instrument. It sounded NOTHING like the two Strads that had been completely revarnished.
I've got an old worn violin that came with a Gagliano certificate and there's no way anybody would mistake that violin for a modern instrument if he were wearing a blindfold. That 1708 Strad blew my "Gagliano" away, and no blindfold could've convinced me that it was a fake violin.
Old violins resonate differently than modern violins do. That's because the varnish seems to transmit the vibrations differently than modern day spirit or oil does. I can feel old violins like my "Gagliano" vibrating through my entire body, but I don't usually get that feeling with modern violins. And nothing vibrates like an unaltered Strad.
I can't speak for what a Strad would sound like to an audience in my hands, but I can attest that playing a Strad allowed me to do finesse things that I couldn't do with other violins. Strads show their superiority not in power passages like the Sibelius that young player played (why was he playing FFF when it should've been a P-MP dynamic as written in the score?), but in quiet passages that require fleetness and subtlety.
If you REALLY want to hear the difference between a Strad and a modern violin, listen to Steven Staryk's "Did You Really Practice" CD in which he records both modern violins and Strads. Trust me, you'll hear the obvious difference in his bow changes and ease of play.
I'd probably wear earplugs for that 1708 Strad, as it was so much more powerful than my "Gagliano" and I wear earplugs for that all the time now.
Here's a ton of famous violinists. Together at last!
I know those tests have their limitations, and it could be very different for the player compared to the experience of an audience, but I think this adds to the legitimacy of a top modern instrument as a serious choice, such as with Christian Tetzlaff.
Oh, you can get that Bigsby sound (sort of) by pulling on the neck of a Tele -- do not try with set neck instruments!
Most of the young violinists I heard, Tetzlaff and the guy in the video being but two of them, would probably be happier with a modern instrument than an antique one.
For the most part, modern instruments require more effort to play. Since violinists today exert so much physical force to get as much tone as they can get without spoiling their musical interpretations, there really is no need for a Stradivarius or other old antique violin which was never meant to be played in these huge concert halls we have nowadays.
That's not to say that old instruments don't project or can't take a pounding. They can, but they require a different sort of approach. In fact, guys like Heifetz and my teacher Pardee insisted that forcing too much on these old instruments was counterproductive. Since I have one of those old instruments, I agree with them based on what I've faced in solo concerts myself.
Most interesting are the post-1975 instruments of the great Philadelphia luthier Sergio Peresson. More and more, the violin stars of today are turning to his instruments. My friend has a very fine Peresson (Guarneri model) that I always felt was basically an old Cremonese style violin made in the modern day with a little less attention to detail. Peresson's varnish was completely unlike the oil/spirit concoctions used today, in my opinion. My friend told me that Peresson was proud of some of his "secrets" but would never tell anybody what they were. Certainly the varnish had a lot to do with it, in my unvarnished (heh) opinion.
du pre, barenboim, zuckerman
Notable violinists in the clip: Itzhak Perlman, Issac Stern, Sandra Park, Joshua Bell, Mark O'Conner
Meryl Streep does an excellent job in "acting" as best as she could. I heard that she could actually play the second part pretty decently by the end of the movie shoot...
Oh god!!! i'm in ectasy!
I heard that Galamian would give this one to any of his students that annoyed him - as a punishment.
and the bach chaconne
heifetz playing Mendelssohn concerto
oistrakh playing sibelius concerto
and carolyn's amazing auditin
Jean-Luc Ponty with a small string section and John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra -- Visions of the Emerald Beyond
I think I've heard better quality recordings from the early 1900's LOL. I can only wish her good luck for her audition, wherever she's auditioning for!!
It's verrrrryyyy cool and strange...watch it and see!!!
He's the only guy I know whose website's Reviews section is actually two sections: "Good Reviews" and "Bad Reviews."
Thanks for the link.
I have never tried it but I can imagine it would be difficult.
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