I knew it would be like this-- but still, I'm actually sitting listening right now for the first time to Steven Staryk's "Every Violinist's Guide"-- a CD re-release of a 1963 recording, with additions from Toronto 1969 and Phoenix, AZ 2003, of various etudes and caprices by all our practice room favorites, Mazas and Kreutzer to Wieniawski and Paganini. Spanning Staryk's ages 31 to 71. Disc is from the Centaur label, catalog no. CRC 2744. Three different Strads. Contemporary violins mixed in. Recording quality and halls are SO variable (and often downright scruffy) that comparisons are difficult, but, still, overall awesome, impeccable, and fiery throughout. Amazing guy.
Just now I had to look-- did he mix in some Philip Glass? No, this is an excerpted group of variations by Mr. O. Sevcik!
Even just hearing Staryk ('Il Rosso') play makes me laugh-- reminds me of all the jokes in his studio classes, which he kindly let me sit in on while I was studying with another teacher at UW in Seattle. He's so damn funny!
I'll bet his book [with Thane Lewis-- an old colleague of mine-- yet i didn't know about this!] is hilarious and interesting as well. Liner notes say "...the [recording] details are documented in 'Fiddling With Life' by Thane Lewis and Steven Staryk.... The story of Staryk's unparalleled versatility and career has been recently published. Part autobiography, part biography, and part memoir, 'Fiddling With Life' has been lauded by reviewers and distinguished musicians. It comes with a CD which provides a fascinating musical portrayal of the book."
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