April 12, 2006 at 08:14 PM · I don't know how many of you folks are familiar with, but it's quite the rage. Largely a place for people to post "humorous" home videos and such, among the dreck there are some gems. Thank goodness for a good Search function.

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.


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April 15, 2006 at 10:38 AM · Great site. I am now watching a young girl play Paganini caprice #4:

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!


April 15, 2006 at 03:02 PM · What was that that Milstein played? It's not the 24th caprice that I know!

April 15, 2006 at 03:07 PM · That girl is Yang Tianwa, the youngest (so far) to record the "24". She was 13...

April 15, 2006 at 05:52 PM · Milstein was playing his own composition, called Paganiniana.

April 15, 2006 at 08:07 PM · You will be hearing more from her in the near future, I'm currently working on a project which involves her as our soloist! Great talent indeed

April 16, 2006 at 08:17 AM · That will be interesting Jon, as all of you projects :)

April 16, 2006 at 08:58 AM · Yes. It's high time somebody made a CD of some young violin virtuoso.

April 16, 2006 at 06:50 PM · O my god...

It's not the arpeggiando that floors me, it's the descending thirds she does as if it's twinkle twinkle little star...

April 16, 2006 at 07:08 PM · What! You don't play Twinkle Twinkle in descending thirds?

April 16, 2006 at 07:39 PM · Fingered octaves, but whose keeping track.

April 16, 2006 at 10:48 PM · i do it in fingered tenths

April 18, 2006 at 10:11 PM ·

the double stop passage after the trills.... oh my god...

April 18, 2006 at 10:35 PM · Jon,

That's great. Would you please keep us in the loop when the little girl is coming? A million thanks.


April 21, 2006 at 03:15 PM · Vanessa Mae's music video is on YouTube.

April 25, 2006 at 12:41 AM · If you like Milstein:

Got to hear this:

May 4, 2006 at 10:59 AM · here is a clip of young perlman playing wieniawski concerto no. 2

May 5, 2006 at 05:50 PM · Thanks for that link, Willie, it's great!

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!

May 5, 2006 at 11:15 PM · Hillary Hahn makes me smile. You go girl.

May 5, 2006 at 11:39 PM · hahaha that ninja video is really funny.

May 6, 2006 at 01:49 AM · Another violin video

May 6, 2006 at 05:55 AM · Larry, that's great. You should have said what it is though so people will watch. I don't know what happened before or after that, but I want my Russian friends to know that is not rock and roll. I don't know where that comes from. Get hold of Bruce Springsteen CDs somehow. And please quit clapping on beats 1 & 3.

May 6, 2006 at 10:16 AM · For more on Hillary Hahn's "back-up band"

May 7, 2006 at 01:17 AM · Oistrakh, Shostakovich

'nuff said

May 7, 2006 at 05:16 AM · Here is Heifetz playing Paganini 24th Caprice

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!

May 8, 2006 at 04:36 AM · gitlis playing bartok:

complete last mvmt of brahms with milstein:

May 8, 2006 at 09:35 AM · I think the oistrakh complete cadenza of Shosty #1 AND the whole milstein 3rd mvmt of the brahms are really THE BEST! WOOT!

And the gitlis is great also!

ps: that girl is so amazing....the taiwanese one. her 5th caprice sounds just like mintz...!

May 8, 2006 at 02:21 PM · "complete last mvmt of brahms with milstein:"

Wow. Love watching NM. Great interpretation. Intonation for the first 2/3, not so good. I was surprised by that.

May 8, 2006 at 08:50 PM · A girl playing Paganini Caprice no 5?? Where?

May 8, 2006 at 08:55 PM ·

May 9, 2006 at 12:16 AM · "Wow. Love watching NM. Great interpretation. Intonation for the first 2/3, not so good. I was surprised by that. "


May 9, 2006 at 12:33 AM · Were you able to listen to it? Heck, I worship NM, and his Bruch 1 is the best there is, but....did you watch the vid?

May 9, 2006 at 04:53 AM · This is a guitarist, but she does a pretty good job at the Paganini 24th caprice. She even does a nice effect for the LH pizz part

May 9, 2006 at 06:22 AM · SCOTT! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

the first 2/3 of milstein's brahms was NOT out of tune!

Milstein's brahms is godlike!

May 9, 2006 at 06:23 AM · Larry, i suggest you watching the little girl's paganini caprice #5.

It truly is amazing!

May 9, 2006 at 06:49 AM · Ok found it. WOW!

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...

May 9, 2006 at 08:21 AM · I too was admiring her violin and bow. She's so clean!

May 9, 2006 at 12:03 PM · There's some v interesting bowings and fingerings in the Milstein - where did he learn those from? I'll go and mark my part quick.

There's a Heifetz Brahms video here but it's pretty dumb by comparison.

May 9, 2006 at 12:05 PM · "SCOTT! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

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 ;^)

May 9, 2006 at 01:50 PM · Right on, Peter. It's wonderful. But yes, many spots too numerous to mention. Not passages, just individual notes. I can't help what I hear! Please don't kill me.

May 9, 2006 at 07:55 PM · Kogan -- end of cadenza into final movement, Shostakovich 1

May 9, 2006 at 09:41 PM · Doesn't Gitlis look a bit like that German cannibal?

Ivry Gitlis

Armin Meiwes

May 10, 2006 at 01:49 PM · someone at Cello Chat put together a group of fabulous (mostly) cello videos at YouTube:

Internet Cello Society Video Hub

May 11, 2006 at 01:38 AM · And here's someone we know playing Bach. :)


May 11, 2006 at 03:17 AM · perlman playing sicilliene and riguadon

kogan playing hungarian dance and shosty prelude

May 13, 2006 at 12:42 PM · holy mother of God, i knew heifetz was the best but how can you play tenths like that???!!!

May 14, 2006 at 04:22 PM · Vengerov Tchaikovsky excerpt

May 14, 2006 at 04:26 PM · Jerry Goodman -- wondered what happened with him after Mahavishnu Orchestra...

May 14, 2006 at 04:29 PM · Vengerov Shostakovich excerpt

May 14, 2006 at 04:33 PM · "Vengerov Tchaikovsky excerpt"

Wow! So slow, but so carefully wrought. Beautiful.

May 14, 2006 at 04:41 PM · Yann Tiersen? Never heard of him. I think I kinda like it.

Hmm. Interesting.

May 15, 2006 at 11:36 AM · Milstein Paganini

May 15, 2006 at 06:59 PM · Perlman looks like he's scared w1tless on TV - I wish I could play as well under the circumstances.

May 16, 2006 at 06:25 AM · Jim, I don't understand what you mean. He looks pretty calm to me!

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:

May 15, 2006 at 08:41 PM · err... where? I think you forgot to post the link...

May 16, 2006 at 12:32 AM · marx brothers

May 16, 2006 at 06:48 AM · something a bit unusual:-

me playing ellington:-


May 16, 2006 at 02:38 PM · Oh wow! How did they get the piano to fall apart in that second Marx Brothers video!!?? One thing is for sure, it wasn't a computerized effect!

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.

May 16, 2006 at 04:22 PM · Thank you so much for those, Larry! Watching du Pre gave me shivers. Words fail... Especially the Trout Quintet.

And Zukerman with some honest-to-goodness accompanying! A rare video, indeed.

May 17, 2006 at 12:34 AM · the thing he's playing when the piano falls apart is the Rachmaninoff prelude in C sharp minor.

May 17, 2006 at 12:56 AM · As long as we're posting piano music... here's a really amazing hungarian rhapsody no. 2, but it's got a section that's sorta dissonant because the artist wrote his own cadenza I guess...

Here's also a Chopin etude that I really like:

May 17, 2006 at 10:52 AM · Most interesting links; have been watching them with son (the violin student) and I think some have been inspiring.

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.

May 17, 2006 at 01:59 PM ·

this is the funniest thing you'll ever see in your lives.

May 17, 2006 at 07:51 PM · What's so funny about it?

May 18, 2006 at 03:13 AM · Mystery of the the Stradivarius - Part 2

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.

May 18, 2006 at 04:52 AM · Way cool, Peter.

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.

May 18, 2006 at 09:46 AM · Here's someone else we know ;-)

Here's a ton of famous violinists. Together at last!

May 18, 2006 at 11:00 AM · Kevin -- I enjoy listening to all sorts of guitar playing but I play mostly old blues rock (Peter Green, Jimi, Rory Gallagher) and am also very into Jim Campilongo -- a very unique country jazz punk guitarist. I mostly play a wonderful Esquire (well-worn nitro finish).

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.

Cheers. :^)

Oh, you can get that Bigsby sound (sort of) by pulling on the neck of a Tele -- do not try with set neck instruments!

May 18, 2006 at 04:18 PM · I've seen the guitarist Tommy Emmanuel do the very same neck pulling thing on his beloved Maton (not "Martin") guitar in live concert.

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.

May 18, 2006 at 06:03 PM · Heifetz playing Hora Staccato on the Bell Telephone Hour.

May 18, 2006 at 08:32 PM · move over heifetz

May 18, 2006 at 09:38 PM · wow, that was funny!

May 18, 2006 at 10:00 PM · Willie,

Nice one! LOL

May 18, 2006 at 10:09 PM · Those Vengerov clips are sublime. I adore his Shostakovich.

May 18, 2006 at 10:59 PM · That's excellent, Willie. I love the ritual disembowelling with the bow at the end ;-) Move over Harpo Marx, more like.

May 21, 2006 at 03:55 PM · Perlman, Yo Yo Ma and Barenboim playing the Beethoven Triple second movement:

May 21, 2006 at 04:05 PM · Trout Quintet with IP, PZ, J du P, DB and Zubin Mehta:

William Primrose:

May 21, 2006 at 08:37 PM · Talk about stage presence!

May 22, 2006 at 04:45 AM · ghost trio

du pre, barenboim, zuckerman

May 22, 2006 at 05:55 AM · Wow...Heifetz playing Paganini 24th Caprice...A-FREAKIN'-MAZING!!!! It brings me tears of joy and happiness. I can't stop watching it!! =' ]

May 22, 2006 at 12:00 PM · A Clip of the Bach Double violin concerto 1st mvmt. from the motion picture "Music of the Heart".

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...

May 22, 2006 at 12:07 PM · Milstein playing Paganini Caprice No.11:

May 22, 2006 at 12:09 PM · Milstein playing Preludio from Bach Partita No.3...

Great playing!

May 22, 2006 at 12:13 PM · Milstein playing Paganini Caprice No.5!!!

Oh god!!! i'm in ectasy!

May 22, 2006 at 08:15 PM · His no 11 is some of the most beautiful playing I've ever heard.

I heard that Galamian would give this one to any of his students that annoyed him - as a punishment.

May 23, 2006 at 10:11 PM · Here's an interesting glimpse of a powerful figure from the 20th cent on the old Steve Allen show. Parental warning - no violin here. Sergei Petrov II

May 28, 2006 at 12:41 PM · not violin, but a great performance nonetheless

May 29, 2006 at 06:11 PM · OK, not classical, but it has a cello and Polly Jean plays violin... from one of my favorite artists out there.


May 30, 2006 at 04:45 PM · Milstein playing Novacek Perpetuum mobile

and the bach chaconne

heifetz playing Mendelssohn concerto

oistrakh playing sibelius concerto

and carolyn's amazing auditin

May 30, 2006 at 05:34 PM ·

Jean-Luc Ponty with a small string section and John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra -- Visions of the Emerald Beyond

May 31, 2006 at 10:23 PM · Willie thanks for that...especially for Carolyn's audition! :P

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!!

June 5, 2006 at 03:40 PM · Here is one Mozart Concerto no. 3 cadenza that you are unlikely to win a competition playing!!!

It's verrrrryyyy cool and it and see!!!

June 5, 2006 at 05:14 PM · Larry, he's an interesting guy. There was an article about him in the April 'Strings'

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.

June 5, 2006 at 06:08 PM · What would Sam Franco think?

June 5, 2006 at 07:28 PM · Here's the link to this funny pianist playing Super Mario tunes, I found it rather entertaining:

June 5, 2006 at 09:27 PM · Larry, never underestimate the challenges of whistling and playing at the same time. ;)

I have never tried it but I can imagine it would be difficult.

June 6, 2006 at 05:54 AM · Hey, it's Gilles Apap!!!! I have his recordings of that Mozart Concerto and other stuff+I have seen it several times in concert last year! He's just fabulous!!! He also played that Mozart concerto with the Strasbourg Philarmonic but he got bad critics,because people just don't accept he plays Mozart that way.I heard he was never accepted in Paris Conservatory because of his "strange style".Anyway all the concerts I heard were a lot of fun I tell you!

June 6, 2006 at 02:27 PM · WOW!! that gilles apap guy is amazing, he's the nigel kennedy of mozart

June 11, 2006 at 09:34 PM · bach chaconne heifetz

June 12, 2006 at 01:11 AM · check this out

June 12, 2006 at 05:19 PM · The Red Violin excerpts...

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