Recordings of Etudes

September 1, 2008 at 07:34 PM · I get so much musical pleasure from playing etudes sometimes and I wonder why anyone hasn't recorded these little gems. I'm thinking specifically Kreutzer and Rode but even Sevcik and Mazas can be adorable no?

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September 1, 2008 at 08:12 PM · There's a recording of Kreut. about two years old that you can buy.

September 1, 2008 at 08:37 PM · fabio biondi included a fiorillo etude and a rode caprice in his recording "Fabio Biondi - Poet-violinist"

September 1, 2008 at 09:05 PM · Oscar Shumsky recorded the Rode caprices. I'm thankful my former teacher made me a copy.

September 1, 2008 at 10:12 PM · There is a recording of the Kreutzer etudes by Cihat Askin on Kalan, a Turkish label, done in 2006. I got it online from

September 1, 2008 at 11:18 PM · The Kreutzer etudes were recorded (with piano accompaniment) years ago, but I forgot who the violinist was.


September 2, 2008 at 12:19 AM · Greetings,

perhaps the first perosn to record an etude should be the student?;)



September 2, 2008 at 12:46 AM · axel strauss did the rode

a clip of shumsky:

September 2, 2008 at 02:24 AM · Steven Staryk recorded "Every Violinist's Guide: Caprices, Etudes, Studies".

September 2, 2008 at 12:08 PM · How interesting, I must check these out, especially Schumsky.

September 4, 2008 at 08:52 AM · I'd be interested to hear of any recordings of the Melodious and Progressive Studies by Mazas as I find some of them more musically appealing than e.g. Kreutzer. It seems that they are less obviously studies, but this might be due to my level (still on the "1st third" of Kreutzer).

September 4, 2008 at 08:45 PM · Here is a web site that offers a recording of all 42 Kreutzer etudes, played by Cihat Aşkin (violin). But the link to the supplier does not work on my computer.

There is an offer of them on EBay: here.

On they sell a recording of the 42 Kreutzer etudes made by Jacques Israelievich.

In the meantime, why not record a few ourselves?

September 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM · Bart Meijer said: On they sell a recording of the 42 Kreutzer etudes made by Jacques Israelievich.

In the meantime, why not record a few ourselves?

this might just be THE revival strategy recording industry has been looking for


September 6, 2008 at 08:28 PM · If _you_ record them, yes! Can't wait.

What I had in mind was the humble home-grown variety of recording, as an aid to one's own practice :)

Edit: And let's not forget Clayton Haslop's series Kreutzer for Violin Mastery. Clayton Haslop has recorded them on DVD.

September 6, 2008 at 08:38 PM · is "ilya gringolts" really ilya gringolts?

September 6, 2008 at 11:45 PM · the very same. :)

September 7, 2008 at 12:48 AM · I recorded Mazas Etudes Speciales No. 8 just for fun one day when I was bored and it came out really nicely. If you want I can send you the file. It's not great though, I might do more sometime.

September 7, 2008 at 02:20 AM · Ilya - It's really great to see you post here! It's been such a long time... a long dark time...

Hope you drop in again soon!


P.S. I really enjoyed your Beethoven sonata performance at the Verbier Festival! Kudos for that!

September 7, 2008 at 07:11 PM · Speaking of, Ilya Gringolts has a CD out of various Ernst pieces, including the "Six Polyphonic Etudes", on the Hyperion label!

September 7, 2008 at 09:06 PM · i guess my secret is out. But I swear I didn't do it to popularize the etude genre - I just wanted to show off a little.


September 8, 2008 at 03:14 AM · And you sure do! I looove the ornaments in the Hungarian fantasy :)

September 8, 2008 at 03:11 PM · Hello,

there are some recordings in Dowani webpage... including playalongs and orchestral accompaniment(!):

April 26, 2017 at 01:53 PM · In time for All-State violin auditions, I just released “Mazas Etudes Spéciales, Opus 36: Book 1 for Violin” on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby, Google Music Store, and also my website The inspiration to pursue the recording came while teaching a private lesson. One of my students asked me if a recording was available to help her prepare for All-State auditions. I told her there really wasn’t, and soon after decided to do a recording project to create the product and fill that gap in violin education.

To celebrate the release, I'm offering a 17% discount to help students prepare for the 2017 auditions through my shop at This discount is available through August 31, 2017 with the coupon code ALLSTATE17.

Until now, a professionally produced audio recording of the etudes for use as a study aid has not been commercially available and easily accessible as a stand-alone product. I produced the album along with her husband, Tyler, who did the audio engineering and mastering on the project. Currently, the physical CD is only available at Distributors who wish to carry the physical CD are encouraged to use the contact page at to request copies.

I’m very pleased with the recording of the violin etudes, and it was gratifying being able to pass along the album to the student who originally asked me. I hope it is able to assist many other students in their studies.

My husband and I are now producing “Mazas Etudes Spéciales, Opus 36: Book 1 for Viola” for CD and digital download and anticipate its release in the Fall of 2017.

Here are direct links to the recording:éciales-Opus-36/dp/B06WW49XX8/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1493214643&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=mazas+etudes+audioéciales_Opus_36_Book_1?id=Bvm7a5f4j3ii4n7yraublia7fui

April 29, 2017 at 05:25 PM · Elizabeth Wallfisch recorded the Kreutzer Etudes, cpo 999 901-2.

The Art of the Caprice (Hungaroton Classic) by Miklos Szenthelyi and pupils has a nice selection of Gavinies, Rode and Dont.

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