Taking Gift Guide suggestions!
Greetings everyone! I'm writing the Holiday Gift Guide for this year, and I'm asking for your suggestions and ideas! I'm looking for this year's top stuff for violinists, and this can be recordings, books, gear, accessories, etc.
Here is last years, guide, to give you an idea: The 2017 Violinist.com Holiday Gift Guide
Thanks in advance!
I have received a brand new beautiful music stand and light from my wife for Hannukah :-) It is great and I am still excited from it, on daily usage, it is so comfortable than the old one was.
What kind is it, Martin?
Is there ever a "year-in-review" or "best of 2018..." from the "For the Record" listings? There were a number of recordings that stood out. A few highlights off the top of my head include both Hillary Hahn's and Giuliano Carmignola's recordings of Bach's Sonatas & Partitas, the Debussy "The Late Works: Three Sonatas" including Isabelle Faust (as well as Faust's recordings of Bach's Violin Sonatas) and Lisa Batiashvili's "Visions of Prokofiev" with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. I haven't yet heard the new Borodin Quartet recordings of the Shostakovich String Quartets. And there are certainly more to add...
Musician's ear plugs. I use D'Addario "Pacato" plugs, and they've become indispensable to me. I can insert the them to a greater or lesser degree to vary the effectiveness. I know that there are many other good brands too.
A Kréddle, the be-all end-all chinrest.
I really love Evan Johnson's book "Music and Relationships". I met Evan this summer at a chamber music workshop comprised of people who'd been playing together for decades. The book reflects the unusual camaraderie and singleness of purpose that I encountered there and is especially significant for that reason. More generally is a well-designed manual for chamber musicians of all levels.
Hi Laurie - I would like to suggest my books for unaccompanied violin which can be found at:
For the budget conscious:
These are great, keep them coming!
I've very recently acquired an expensive practice mute like this one:
The Kun Solo shoulder rest for violin! It's the newest Kun model - and my personal favourite - with new mechanisms for width adjustment and folding (no screws, hurray!) and there's really nothing else like it on the market. I'm giving one to my mom for Christmas (shh, don't tell)