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Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits perform works by these two violinist-composers: "Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) was the living legend, a celebrity who revolutionized the violin. Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was a modest genius, achieving little recognition in his lifetime and yet is now acknowledged, amongst many other things, as the greatest song composer of all time, who dramatized hundreds of poems into most compelling musical storytelling," Frang wrote in her notes about the album. Both found inspiration for their violin works in the human voice. BELOW: Frang performs Grand Caprice, Op. 26, after Schubert's "Der Erlkönig."
Recording musicians are fighting for a contract that would allow them residuals from films and TV shows that are made exclusively for streaming platforms.
On Tuesday, the day that Disney launched its new DisneyPlus streaming service, members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 47 in Los Angeles held a "Rally for Residuals" outside the Walt Disney Picture company lot. The contract is so important for recording musicians that the union has mobilized a national campaign called #BandTogether, with rallies held in Nashville and New York as well.
While directors, actors and writers do receive streaming residuals, musicians do not.
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Elena Urioste performed Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto with the Chineke! Orchestra.
Crowd-pleasing fun dominated Ray Chen's recital with pianist Julio Elizalde at Disney Hall last Wednesday, but for me the highlight of the evening was also the most sober offering -- the "Chaconne" from Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, written in the early 1700's.
Chen, a popular soloist who won first prize at the 2008 Menuhin Violin Competition and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is known for his humorous and down-to-earth presence online -- for example, his comedy videos on Youtube, serenading a horse on Facebook, and the fact that he takes hundreds of selfies with fans after every single performance he plays.
But make no mistake, Chen has a serious side, and on that side, the Chaconne looms large. Keep reading...Comments (3)
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