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Review: 'Itzhak' the Film

March 22, 2018, 1:37 PM · The documentary Itzhak is a wonderful new cinematic portrait of the many-faceted violinist Itzhak Perlman. Perlman was well described by former President Obama who said, when presenting him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015, "This is a man of large appetites who knows how to live...But what truly sets him apart and what makes him perhaps the most beloved violinist of our time is that he approaches music the way he approaches everything in life -- with passion and with joy."

This trailer of the film will whet your appetite for more:

I was lucky enough to see "Itzhak" when it debuted in Washington D.C. on March 6. I had background knowledge about the film because I had read Laurie Niles' blog Inside 'Itzhak': Interview with Alison Chernick about Her Documentary on Itzhak Perlman. I found that everything Ms. Chernick said in the interview was expressed in the film. The film, however, was much more eloquent and emotional than her verbal description. After all, Ms. Chernick is an accomplished film producer, rather than a speaker.

Perlman plays many roles well. We all know him as one of the world's best classical violinists, but he is also a magnificent player of other kinds of music. The film has clips of him playing concerti and chamber music, "Take me out to the Ball Game," "Schindler's List," "Allentown" with its composer, Billy Joel, and the national anthem. He plays them all with dignity and infectious emotion. Keep reading...

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For the Record, Op. 49: Renaud Capuçon; Kyung Wha Chung; Chloë Hanslip

March 22, 2018, 7:25 AM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

If you have a new recording you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Thursday "For the Record" feature, please e-mail Editor Laurie Niles. Be sure to include the name of your album, a link to it and a short description of what it includes.

Bartok Violin Concertos 1 and 2
Renaud Capuçon, violin
London Symphony Orchestra, Francois-Xavier Roth conducting

French violinist Renaud Capuçon performs both of Bela Bartok's violin concertos, which were composed almost three decades apart and inhabit very different emotional and musical worlds. BELOW: Bartók Violin Concerto 1, excerpt from I. Andante

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Brazilian Music- a Gateway for Classical Musicians; How to Play Bossa on Violin

March 21, 2018, 10:58 AM · Learning to play Bossa, Choro, and Samba can be a wonderful gateway for increasing versatility in classical musicians. 

Brazilian music is infectious music to play and listen to. If you have any doubt, check out this Samba from the opening scene in the Disney movie, Rio.

I've created a free video playlist breaking down "How to Play Bossa and Samba" on violin, viola, and cello, as well as a new deep dive course, complete with transcriptions and analysis.

This tutorial offers strategies to assimilate Bossa and Samba on bowed strings:

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