I just finsihed watching an amazing DVD by James Ehnes called Homage. This is your chance to hear and see 12 of the worlds greatest violins and violas some which have never been recorded before.
1698 Pietro Guarneri
1709 La Pucelle Strad
1713 Baron d' Assignies Strad
1715 Marsick Strad (Jimmy's every day fiddle)
1715 Baron knoop Strad
1719 Duke of Alba Strad
1733 Sassoon Strad
1737 King Joseph Giuseppe Guarneri Del Gesu
1742 Lord Wilton Giuseppe Guarneri Del Gesu (Yehudi Menuhin)
1560 Gasparo Bertolotti (Gasparo da Salo)
1676 Count Vitale ex Lanau. Andrea Guarneri
1793 Giuseppe Guadagnini. Rolla
Not only do you get to hear James play some of the worlds finest instruments but you get to see them as well. Close up shots include scrolls, fronts, backs and revolving shots to get a good idea of arching. The photography is fine and gives a real appreciation for the original varnish and wood quality. There are bonus sections of each instrument as well, and an interview with David Fulton. In addition to the DVD you also get a CD. You can search on line and find out which pieces James plays with what instrument.
Each piece was selected to show the instruments potential and James gives a great description of the qualities of each and small book enclosed gives a description of each instrument and some bio on the maker
Edward Laurel. Piano.
The DVD is 100+ minutes and the CD is 78 minutes.
This is well worth the money.
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