Looking for some new listening material
I'm looking for some suggestions for listening material, Violinist/Pianist duos, or projects that are strong on the Violin and Piano. Not straight Classical, but maybe a combo of Classical, New Age and Ambient. Melodic, dark as well as snappy.
Nobody's responded yet, and maybe there's not a lot that fits your description. If you want to branch out a little, I suggest the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Didier Lockwood, and anything by the Turtle Island Quartet that features pianist Cyrus Chestnut. But of course I'm a jazz enthusiast so you're seeing my obvious bias there.
I'm surprised there's not a lot of Violinists similar to Lindsey Stirling, stylistically.
I'm not surprised no one offered anyone like Lindsay Stirling to you. Not sure that Caitlin De Ville works with pianists either.
Taylor Davis is very similar, and works with pianists and others.
Jeffrey, I just wanted to let you know that the mention of Lindsey Stirling probably put most people off from commenting on your thread. She is spoken of in the vein of "if she gets young kids interested in violin, more power to her". But in general, she is not someone that most people on here would recommend to anyone else except possibly jokingly.
I will say that Taylor Davis' video here does not raise any annoyance in me, i.e. she's not trying to rely on sex appeal but instead on playing ability.
Hilary Hahn’s In 27 Pieces, for me, is wonderful listening right now. It’s a collection of her encores with piano accompaniment, and it’s pretty awesome.
Thanks Bruno, listening now.
David, Yeah Stirling tends to dance around too much, but her playing is far from sterile. In Classical I see too much technique and not enough emotion(aside from some soloists) I like to see what a musician is made of as opposed to how well they can sight read. I'm really into progressive rock/metal, and new age, and want to carve out my own niche by adding Violin to what I'm already doing. This is probably why Stirling appeals to me. Have to admit, she can play!
I'm a big fan of Samvel Yervinyan and Mary Simpson of Yanni, they're both well trained and really show a ton of emotion in their playing.
Hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am, David. This was a very pleasant surprise to find. Bless her for her role in bringing these pieces into the world.
Hi Bruno, yeah, for one thing, the first few pieces I listened to are not "normal classical", but seemed to have world ethnic music content, with a mix of Avro Part thrown in. Haven't listened to the whole thing yet as I've been studying some other stuff I'm trying to learn.
In 27 Pieces sounds like a dark soundtrack, nice though
New Age with violin?
I can't believe you guys got me to listen to Yanni to see if I might like it and also check if Lindsay Stirling is actually "Mrs. Stirling". (To be clear, the answer as far as I've found is "no" to both, but my research has admittedly not been exhaustive.)
Hahahaha, I've just noticed about Mrs. Stirling. It was obviously a typo, I didn't mean to type that of course.
J Ray, maybe this will change your mind about Yanni. I've seen him live with the full orchestra, amazing.