May 13, 2018, 7:43 PM · You are cordially invited to attend a

with Alessandro Simone, keyboard

in a special program:


Raphael Klayman will perform the entire Vivaldi "Four Seasons", playing on a different violin from his collection for each "Season"!

Two performances:

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 6 PM at
The Lakehouse Music Academy
619 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 6 PM at
Music and Arts
100 U.S. Highway 9 (in the Galleria Mall) Manalapan, NJ 07726

Free admission to these performances!

Replies (8)

May 13, 2018, 9:33 PM · I love the title :) If it was closer!
May 13, 2018, 9:46 PM · Hello Raphael: I would love to hear a different violin for each season, if I was a bit closer than Alberta Canada.

You probably wouldn't remember, but a few years back we exchanged a couple of posts about Vision Titanium Solo, and you mentioned that you had them on several of your violins. are you still using VTS?

May 13, 2018, 9:56 PM · What violins will you be using?
Edited: May 14, 2018, 4:27 AM · Hi Dave. I'm using Gold Brokat E's and Vision Solo, non-titanium, for the other strings.

Andrew -

The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi

Played with violin by Vittorio Villa 2011 and bow by E.A. Ouchard, c. 1920's

Played with violin by Edward Maday 2011 and bow by F. R. Simon c. 19th century


Played with violin labeled Giuseppe Rossi 1928 and bow by Louis Bazin c. 1920's

Played with violin by Vittorio Villa 2010 and bow by Louis Bazin c. 1920's

I just might (i.e. will!) play an encore. And if (when) I do, I will use my other Maday, 2008 and again my FR Simon bow.

May 14, 2018, 5:49 AM · Why are you rotating violins as well as concertos? :)
Edited: May 14, 2018, 6:10 AM · Possible reasons:
(1) Because he can.
(2) For the fun of it and to add unique interest to a violin program that might otherwise be considered staid.
(3) Because he hopes to sell one or two of those violins and maybe there will be takers in the audience once they hear how they sound in direct comparison to other fine instruments.
May 14, 2018, 9:20 AM · Thanks for advertising the show here! I should be able to make it.
Edited: May 14, 2018, 7:25 PM · Paul is essentially right in his first 2 points. As to the 3rd, none of my current 5 violins or 3 French bows are for sale.

I did an unaccompanied recital a few years ago and played one violin in the first half and another in the 2nd half - but I didn't advertise it. But there's a bit of tradition established by Ricci and continued by Oliveira, Fodor, Ehnnes and others of either recording or performing live on different fiddles to compare and contrast them. For a fiddle freak like me, that's just catnip! I hope that others will enjoy this, too.

I've been asked if I have a favorite fiddle many times. I kind of do, overall for most repertoire. I'd rather not name it. My instruments are all like my babies - and I sense some sibling rivalry! ;-) But I've also insisted that my favorite is kind of like a decathlon champ. A specialist in the javelin throw or 100 meter dash or whatever, might beat the dec. champ in that specialty but overall, the dec. champ wins the dec. event. Similarly in sound - and appearance, too - each of my fiddles really has something that I particularly appreciate. So I decided that this recital program lent itself to my putting my fiddles where my mouth is! And so I'm giving them all pretty equal time to shine in this program.

The choice of which violin I'd use for which "season" was not a random one. For example, I'm using one of my brightest sounding violins - my 2011 Amati model Vittorio Villa for "Spring". Its brightness and fine timbre are a perfect match for that concerto. My 2011 Maday has a dark, chocolaty, somewhat somber timbre, which goes well with the moody "Summer", etc.

My bow match-ups were not random, either. Fun experimentation led to my choices - the sound, the response, the feel, how the rubber met the road - all these led to my decisions.

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