Under appreciated violinists

May 28, 2019, 3:04 PM · I would love to know who you guys think are some excellent violinists are that you feel are overshadowed by some of the other greats of today or the past.
Some of mine are
Ginette neveau- her Brahms with the NDR symphony is in my opinion one of the greatest examples of excellent truly 20th century playing. (Ps: she is the violinist who beat 26 year old oistrakh into 2nd place at the first Wieniawski competition as a 15 year old)

Ida Haendel
Leonid Kogan- there is a video of him titled a documentary on YouTube and he is playing Tchaikovsky valse scherzo. His upbow staccato is AMAZING I was shocked it was incredibly fast totally even and with no effort at all.

Isabelle Faust- she isn’t that underpareciated anymore but she could get more support in my opinion but she has played with the Berlin Phil, several times with the LSO, the cleavland orchestra, the Boston symphony and others.

Please let me know any I should listen too

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May 28, 2019, 4:25 PM · Previous thread on this subject:
And there have been a few on specific violinists such as:
Interesting that some of the "lesser known" in 2010 have become big stars.
One of the most underappreciated violinists of all time must be Aaron Rosand. He was like Stern, only better.
May 28, 2019, 5:20 PM · I think that our new member David Krakovitch is an underrated amateur violinist and just putting his name out there for others to look at on YouTube. Besides some Paganini Caprices he has a mix of Bach and Vivaldi, gypsy dance music and some modern popular tunes.Most of them are short but good and he keeps on pumping out fresh material.
May 28, 2019, 6:22 PM · Rachel Barton Pine, who is especially notable for championing relatively unknown composers.
May 29, 2019, 5:26 AM · A few years ago I heard a performance of Beethoven's op. 74 (the so called "harp" quartet) in a church in Massachusetts somewhere. None of the four players were famous at all. It was an ad hoc ensemble, not a permanent quartet. But the performance was wonderful, both musically and technically. Those were four under appreciated players and I don't even remember their names any more.

There are plenty of such under appreciated musicians around. We just have to be open to appreciate them when we get the chance. There are just too many good musicians in the world for all of them to be "appreciated".

May 29, 2019, 6:16 AM · Caroline Campbell is an excellent pop violinist, if pop is allowed in this thread.
May 29, 2019, 8:36 AM · re Caroline Campbell: This video is titled 'live', but there are many obvious moments where her physical movements are not synched with the audio. I hate this kind of dishonesty.
Edited: May 29, 2019, 10:29 AM · I don't know if any of the violinists you mention is really "underappreciated" -- they were/are all highly appreciated. Faust has a large and devoted following.

I will throw in a couple of names -- don't get the visibility of soloists perhaps because they're 1st violinists for some of the world's great string quartets. Corina Belcea (Belcea Quartet of London) and Vineta Sareika (Artemis Quartet of Berlin) are both just fantastic. Look for recordings on YouTube -- there's a Belcea performance of Beethoven Op 18 No 4, and the Artemis Mendelssohn Op 80 (no video, just sound on Youtube) is just searingly great.

And one more name. The Dover Quartet, four recent Curtis graduates, is probably the greatest young quartet out there right now. Joel Link is their 1st violinist and he's really special. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn3OdaQtSNY

May 29, 2019, 10:37 AM · I suppose Prof Orpheus must be one - not many violinists can compose and perform an entire symphony on the violin!
May 29, 2019, 11:51 AM · “One of the most underappreciated violinists of all time must be Aaron Rosand. He was like Stern, only better.”

Way better!

May 29, 2019, 12:08 PM · I guess I don't get the whole Rosand thing. I bought some cd's and it sounds like he's playing with like 3 buttons unbuttoned and all his chest hair hanging out.

I have him playing the Sibelius Humoresques, which he has translated as "I heard that Sibelius guy spent his last 20 years hammered".

Compare Rosand here with Ida Haendel, below, who plays it with, of all things, a sense of humor?

I welcome someone to throw me a recording to check out to change my mind, but I find everything of his heavy and missing the point.

May 29, 2019, 12:18 PM · I like his Chopin:

May 29, 2019, 12:31 PM · Aaron Rosand's recording of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas have been my favorites. There was a feud of sorts between him and Isaak Stern - you can check it out on line, but he accused Stern of sabotaging his career at some point.

Rosand was and is certainly appreciated by many of us.

May 29, 2019, 12:37 PM · Most violinists are underappreciated-even the better known ones. Please try to better appreciate more violinists-there are some great musicians that deserve more exposure.

As for Vineta Sareika, she has a great recorslding of Vieuxtemps #1, which likely not many will play or record moving forward (professional or "student"). It's part of a collection of the 7 Concerti. She plays it really, really nicely, and is a good representation of Viextemps going "Grand Concerto" style, with many of the features of 4 and 5, but within a more traditional Concerto style.

The quest for "the best" is often not best for me. There are many that are considered "lesser" by reputation alone that I often prefer to listen to vs some of the modern greats.

May 29, 2019, 1:12 PM · Charles Treger.

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