the most impressive violinvideos I have seen on youtube is probably Mutter player Penderecki´s 2 concerto and Kavakos playing Paganini´s 5 Caprice
what are the most impressive you have seen?
I enjoy seeing all the performances on Youtube (Schlomo Mintz wailing through the third movement of Sibelius while appearing to expend very little energy comes to mind), but quite frankly the pile of uninformed and outright idiotic comments that are left on many of the videos are a big turnoff. Apparently today, it's the in thing to rip on *everyone* for having flaws (oh no, they're human!).
Gene, very true, but why on earth do you read them? Once was enouhg for me. then i just gave up and enjoyed the music.
Two videos came to mind:
Hilary Hahn doing Die Erlkoenig
Leonidas Kavakos doing Recuerdas de la Alhambra (Ricci arrangement)
I think both are incredibly musical interpretations of showpieces!
Oistrakh (D) playing Clair de Lune.
Not virtuoso in the flashy sense but what an immense sense of presence and attention.
Here are mine (FYI, the order in which they are listed has no ranking):
Mozart Violin Concerto- Janine Jansen
Hilary Hahn interview and Sarabande performance as well as Twinkle twinkle at the end
And the list goes on on and on...
Gitlis: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso.
Another Pag 24; dramatic production but a most thrilling performance, part of the whole piece performed live. Especially like the bit near the middle where he near beats the living daylights out of the violin!
Buri, I saw Fodor play a recital in a basketball arena back in the day. Out of curiosity I went up into the rafter seats to hear what it sounded like. Not much different. The dominant impression of the whole thing was like I could never get anywhere close to that kind of playing - the only time I ever had that experience.
Anyway, here's a bunch of impressive players all at once.
Eileen Ivers as a young fiddler in New York. Different style, but still impressive.
I enjoy Sarah Chang's playing Vitali's Chaconne.
Can you folks provide links to these artists on you tube?
In the Pag Perpetuum mobile, Should it be bowed more by wrist action with a steady forearm, or should the wrist and forearm move as a unit?
My vote for most impressive: simple and elegant. Menuhin's ave maria.
I go wow an awful lot when I see what people can play, but this piece begs to be overplayed and shmalzed, and Menuhin doesn't do that.
i always have a new favorite. Tonight it is Enescu playing Chausson's Poeme.
Anything by Schlomo Mintz, his Mendelssohn was especially amazing. IF it weren't for youtube I would have never come across his performances save a CD of the Rode caprices that my teacher copied for me years ago.
my favourite youtube violin video is Gil Shaham playing Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Abbado conducting the Berlin Philarmonic:
Check out Heifetz playing Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
The opening is quite hilarious, as it was from a movie made in 1939 with two teens at the beginning making snyde comments.
I like that Heifetz clip, but prefer the Stern/Bell Telephone Hour version, also on youtube.
However, I'd like to submit this clip of Arnold Steinhardt-- his sound is incredibly (and wonderfully) "old school," in my opinion. And, of course, the playing is very, very good.
Nicholas Koeckert playing the Bartok Solo Sonata gets my vote:
Der Erlkonig performed by Kristof Barati... Hands Down
no questions even asked, this is the most brilliant performance on you tube
Ida Haendel at age 78 (2006) performing Ziguernweisen:
From the same concert, she also performs Brahms Sonata No.1! She is so astounding at such an old age!! I have tremendous respect for her.
To me it's how JULIA FISCHER, at her tender age of 19 relates the drama of Erlkoenig on her Strad in a breathtaking live performance in Bonn, here
Kogan's Nel Cor
Kogan's cadenza to Paganini 1. Simply breath-taking.
I like Alexander Markov's interpretation of the caprices, he doesn't follow the score note-for-note and his modifications are daring and effective:
Joseph Lendvay sr:
his son joseph lendvay jr
Probably Hilary Hahn playing Mozart 4...most in tune (and sadly also most imaginative) performance I have ever heard. Which then again isn't saying much, but here it is!
I'd have to put this guy high on the list for inspiration.
Kyung-Wha Chung playing the Walton concerto at the Walton 80th birthday concert.
Also good is Chung's Vivaldi 4 Seasons mini-documentary, and her Bruch Concerto #1 with Previn.
Youtube has added so much value to my understanding of classical music - it benefits to me majorly outweigh the negative comments which I try my best to ignore.
Among the many videos I like, I often find myself going back to Hilary Hahn's take on Paganiniana which is beautiful to listen to and fun to watch:
Another favorite is Oistrakh's version of the Tchaikovsky concerto which is so very Russian and classy:
Kogan playing the Waxman Carmen Fantasy is very impressive.
Yes, Kogan playing anything is always spectacular...the Waxman was one of his best pieces.
I also was going to mention Anne Akiko Meyers playing the Barber (the orchestra sucks but she does incredibly well) and also Bruch Scottish Fantasy.
Is Milstein playing the Kreutzer Sonata with Pludermacher still on there? The version they did in the 80s was almost better than the one they did in the 60s!!
This one is definitely NOT one of my favorites. They are obviously faking it.
At least Itzaak and YoYo were faking it to their own recording during the inauguration.
I suspect he wasn't "faking it" here. Although his right arm movements seem amazingly unrelated to the sounds he's making, you can tell from a few left-hand shots that the sound is synchronized fairly well.
i really like the christian ferras performance of the second movement of sibelius - very moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYR9ychIPJc&feature=channel_page
and for showpieces, hilary hahns der erlkonig and also frank peter zimmermann's paganini variations on god save the queen... kind of unbelievable. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGmIlMS60c0
For me very impressive are the Vasco Abadjiev's performances on you tube: I Palpiti, Bazini, Bach- second partita, Paganini- Nel cor....... and Tarantela from Sarasate. The records are directly from hall and with not very high quality but enough to see what genius is this violinist.
there seems to be a wide selection of favourites among violinist,com members; but I challenge anyone if they have heard a better performance than that of Heifetz playing Scherzo Tarantelle .
Mr. and Mrs. Leonid Kogan (Elisabeth Gilels) playing Leclair. So beautiful.
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February 4, 2009 at 10:09 PM ·
perfect timing. I just saw soemthing that left me speechless. Eugene Fodor playing the cadenza to Paginini 1. Not only has the tehcnicque surpassed the master but that tone is just so beautiful.....