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Vienna Phil concertmaster talks about his Strad

November 8, 2008 at 4:37 AM


`But he`s only an orchestral player` whined my student. `Well,` I responded laconically `the concertmaster of one of the top ten orchestras in the world is by default one of the best players around. It`s your loss if you don`t go.`

I was right, and then some. The concertmaster of the Vienna PHil played a recital to about sixty people in a beautiful private hall last night and just blew me away. It was one of the most vibrant, technically perfect and beautiful examples of playing I have heard in years.

Afterwards he talked about his Stradivarus, the ex-Viotti and how it ha d taken him about four years to come to terms with the awkward notes where more bow, or less, or a specific finger pressure was necessary or the sound went dull. `Now,` he said `its not possible to play on another instrument.

It wa s one of the best sounding I have ever heard.



From Nate Robinson
Posted via on November 9, 2008 at 6:11 AM

I tried the "Viotti" Stradivarius when I was in Asia.  It is such an amazing violin I will second that.


What is this concertmaster's name?  What is his background?  What was on the program?  Thanks for the report, Buri.

From Stephen Brivati
Posted via on November 9, 2008 at 10:34 PM


Nate,  more later when I have recovered. Taht cocnert took a lot outy of me.  Not joking.



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