I suppose this should be called Ossy renardy redux. Im do remember one of our members calling him a flash in the pan or some sort of romantic icon because of his young death. I have to personally wonder if the person ever heard his recordings. To my way of listening this is a formidable fiddle talent--anyone who can play Ernst or Paganini that way and who was virtually self-taught needs to be paid attention. I might not want to hear his Beethoven--I don't know it--but I don't like Ricci's Beethoven and Renardy's playing is certainly less frenetic. Everyone has their own strong suits. Meanwhile I'm throwing this out for discussion--what contitutes a creditable violinist--chops or the snootiness factor?
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