Recordings of Devil's Trill to listen to
So I'm going to be learning the Devil's Trill (gulp) and wondered which recordings you'd recommend.
I have one by Milstein, which is great but also hyper-Romantic. Keen to listen to some HIP interpretations and also some modern non-HIP ones... thanks in advance for your suggestions!
Nicola Benedetti "Italia" cd.
Second vote for Benedetti. Another one I enjoyed was Andrew Manze.
I've don't know enough to say anything about HIP but I love the following:
Oscar Shumsky’s recording of Devil’s Trill is my favorite.
Ida Haendel is really good on this.
It's not the Devil's Trill, but Chiara Banchini's recording of some of the other Tartini solo violin sonatas is absolutely wonderful.
Anna Mutter has recorded it and some can be found in youtube also. I actually bought the recording as spmeone recommended it as a perfect vibrato recording.
I've kind of noticed that all of Anne-Sophie Mutter's recordings are "perfect vibrato recordings." Listen to her Franck Sonata, her CD of romantic pieces, etc. You will be schooled in vibrato.
I haven't made a serious study of the piece-- either on disc or for performance-- but Andrew Manze's recording is quite stimulating. And it has the advantage of doing without continuo, which might be useful to know about if you are having to do a performance without a piano or pianist handy.
Mrs.Mutter is my fave vibratoist.
Not only is Manze's recording stimulating but I feel that in some places, particularly the last movement, he is taking advantage of the absence of continuo by improvising - as Tartini and others of the era would doubtless have done - implying that this astonishing performance is unlikely to be available as dots on the page. Which raises the ethical question whether one should ever slavishly copy an improvisation. Listen and learn from it to understand how it's done - yes; but copy - no.
Yes-- just need a clean manuscript he was using, or decide what happened to the continuo part so you can build out on it.
Personally, if you want to study the violin part, I would listen to a recording with just the piano instead of the orchestra accompaniment.
Franco Gulli, and Yehudi Menuhin. :)
Thanks all for the recommendations.
Doing without the continuo can often work for many pieces from the Baroque era if you want a violin solo that isn't billed as such in the repertoire - some of the Biber "Mystery" sonatas for example. Experiment.
I love Oistrakh's recording. He (and other violinists) play a Kreisler arrangement of the piece. If I recall correctly, it eliminates some notes that are in the original. Mostly, I think this involves omitting one note of what is a double stop in the original.
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