Halloween treat: Witches' Dance -Le Streghe, played by Eugene Fodor

October 31, 2011, 1:20 PM · I still mourn the fact that I will never again hear violinist Eugene Fodor play live, but here he is at his best, playing Paganini's "Le Streghe" from his 1990s recording called Witches Brew. The pianist is Kiyoshi Tamagawa. (BTW I recommend listening but the visuals might make you a little dizzy!)

More on the piece: Nicolo Paganini had the reputation of being in league with the Devil, as people couldn't understand how he could play so well (my hypothesis: practice?). A version of this piece has been made famous by its appearance as the eighth piece in Suzuki Book 2. Suzuki students, if you've never heard the original, take a listen!

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November 1, 2011 at 05:50 AM · Thanks, Laurie. Now I have a totally different view of the Suzuki version.

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