The Week in Reviews, Op. 235: Elizabeth Pitcairn; Itzhak Perlman; Alina Ibragimova

August 28, 2018, 9:09 AM · In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.

Elizabeth Pitcairn performed "The Red Violin" with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

Elizabeth Pitcairn
Elizabeth Pitcairn. Photo by Joy Strotz.

Itzhak Perlman performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Alina Ibragimova premiered Rolf Wallin’s "Whirld" with the Bergen Philharmonic.

Pekka Kuusisto premiered Philip Venables’ Violin Concerto, "Venables Plays Bartok," with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Augustin Hadelich performed Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

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August 28, 2018 at 11:53 PM · Ms. Pitcairn's violin has gear pegs. Just saying.

August 29, 2018 at 05:58 AM · I noticed that as well. I seem to be drawn more to violins than the violinist and while admiring her violin saw the lack of a fine tuner.

August 29, 2018 at 02:33 PM · Her letter to Wittner inspired me to switch to Finetune pegs. I'm never going back to the old way.

Clearly, it hampers her tone and keeps her from reaching her full potential :)

August 30, 2018 at 08:42 AM · I love that she has those pegs, I want to get them on my Gagliano!

August 30, 2018 at 04:31 PM · Laurie,

It's worth it. Less wear on the pegbox, no fine tuners. My violin is always 1-5 cents in tune every time I take it out of its case, no matter the weather. The Wittners are a joy to use.

August 31, 2018 at 05:12 PM · I've tried all three major brands of gear peg. In terms of function, the Wittner Finetune peg is the winner, hands down. If one wants both function and the authentic look of wooden pegs, then I recommend PegHeds. The whole thing will cost under $200. Not just less stress on your pegbox but less stress on your hands too. I have them on my 2006 Topa violin, on my daughter's 1895 Jaas violin, and on my 2016 MJZ Viola. When my other daughter gets a new cello, we will have gear pegs put in even before bringing it home from the shop.

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