Evan in another thread wrote the following:
" As an obessive record collector for over 30 years, I have had the pleasure of listening to many fine recordings by a tremendous number of artists. All my life, I have devoted my efforts to classical music (98% my collection), especially recordings of violinists. Many of today's best violinists do not have the time to devote to listening to recordings, as the demands of a concert artist are overwhelming. I can honestly say if I had spent less time playing tens of thousands of records, and MORE time practicing, I may have accomplished far more in life!
But I got hooked. Not so much on my generation of violinists-- but those of the previous era. Once I heard the 78s (originals and re-issues) of the great masters, it all became evident why that generation held them in such high esteem. It also changed how I feel about music and how powerful a work of art can be.
I can appreciate how each of us may have our own opinions and preferences about favorite violinists and recordings-- I've certainly had my share of favorites! When you've heard a dozen interpretations of a favorite work and find one that you believe is the best, you take note. When you've heard 50 different interpretations of that same work, then find one that completely and profoundly changes your life, you've reached a better understanding.
But music is not a horse race. Each musician shares his/'her interpretation--hopefully provides insight and meaning, adds expression to this most noble art. It would be unfair to openly critique todays violinists. I am neither a better performer than they, nor a professional music reviewer. I do believe I may be able to shed light on the "golden age" of violinists (and musicians in general)."
since Evan can shed light on "golden age" violinists and have spent time listening to recording of violinists, i presume some other readers might also have had similar experiences or abilities. it may be an interesting exercise to test the ears or knowledge. if i tell you a recording is by heifetz, you may recognize the sound regardless or, given that prompt.
so let's do it differently. below are 2 sound samples, player A and player B. without giving more information, let's see if people can identify the pieces of music for starters (yay,, even that is above my level:) and then, the main course, the players and the eras.
it will be supremely impressive if people can pin down to particular recordings or some historical background. hey, how about nationality?
as a bonus, not to be suggestive or anything, if you can correctly identify whether the players are male or female, i may come over to wash your car or cars for one week!
have fun! (i will be away for a week, not sure about internet connection so may not be able to provide hints or clarifications)
sample B: www.youtube.com/watch
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