April 2010

I Played a Pietro G. Mantegazza 1786 Today.

April 14, 2010 17:10

     Today I had a special treat at my violin lesson. My teacher, Dr. Fadial his wife the cellist and also a professor along with the piano professor, have a concert. well another professor in the Business college is an amateur violinist and violin aficionado and has lent Dr. Fadial his Pietro Mantegazza-MILAN- anno 1786 violin! This luthier was a student of Landolfi. I have googled the name and there is much to read! I will hopefully have some info for a future BLOGS.

     The violin that I played did not have much flame, a one piece back. A few worm holes and had a high arch to the belly like an Amati. I took as an Amati at first. It was NOT an attractive piece!!! The sound is incredible! The strings on it are Visions (E string is a Wonder-tone).  Behind the instrument, playing it seemed rather quiet. Dr. Fadial smiled when I mentioned this and he played it and Whoa!!! Powerful! He said that his concert mates asked him if he could play a little more softer!!!! I was shocked at what the difference of how it sounds when playing it and someone else playing!  Rich, lustrous, woody, warm tone!  And SO RESPONSIVE!!!!! fingering the strings was like silk!  Oh My God!!! What a joy and thrill! I played Thais Meditation.... It was as if I reached into Thais' heart and felt that moment when she knelt and prayed!!!

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