Favorite Zeigeunerweisen Vid?

September 8, 2020, 6:41 AM · Daughter learning.

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Edited: September 8, 2020, 1:38 PM · Rabin:
https://youtu.be/bhyzk6Ty-Ms

Kogan:
https://youtu.be/SKqRVUI7i_w

Heifetz:
https://youtu.be/9MYC_qgFjjo

Francescatti; live, but somewhat abridged:
https://youtu.be/WwbcN86a4Vw

Young Repin, Live:
https://youtu.be/CWTMUKg-PC4?t=433

There are so many more on youtube. A few, live recordings. Learn from all. I do not like choosing "the best". Always good to listen to Heifetz, whether he will be emulated or not. Rabin was usually phenomenal. Kogan a master, but his live version-the above is studio-is artificially high pitched (not his fault-recording issue.) Francescatti as a live performance variant of a master who liked to play these sort of works, with different vibrato. Added Repin later, as another live option representing so-called modern playing, although it dates from 1986 (I do not like the term "modern" too much when used to discriminate against the older players, as if they did not know better-virtuoso playing is nothing new, and especially for Sarasate, I do not see how the distinction matters much.)

(Edited to add more detail, as requested by Mr. Metz. Be well.)

September 8, 2020, 11:31 AM · Get that. Thought the which and why’s might be nice to share with my daughter.
Edited: September 10, 2020, 7:54 PM · If you don't need video, Heifetz and Sarasate are two classics not to miss. Pablo put it on wax around 1908, and his playing style is very much of the 19th century.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABm7nMVyNh4
Heifetz put in his usual quota of molten gold and meteorites, with nuances you will never hear from anyone else. She won't be able to match either, but it will be a decent reality check on what is possible.

And here is a one-off video with a brilliant, if somewhat unpredictable Ida Haendel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGXArQJA3Po

September 10, 2020, 7:26 PM · Thanks for the links! That Rabin is outstanding.
September 10, 2020, 9:51 PM · Vasa Prihoda's version is fantastic! He has such a range of colors I love the double stops he adds in the section right before the allegro. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3SQBO8UiQ
Edited: September 11, 2020, 7:34 AM · At 5:22 the Heifetz https://youtu.be/9MYC_qgFjjo reminds me of Hearts and Flowers, lol. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uS5xPWfxPY

Zigeunerweisen was 1878. Hearts and Flowers about 1891.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hearts_and_Flowers

When I was a kid every student violinist could play Hearts and Flowers for laughs. Nowadays kids have never heard of it.

By sheer coincidence, I watched that Ida Haendl video yesterday. Yes, "unpredictable" is one word. I put it down to age.

September 11, 2020, 7:32 AM · Thanks, I had shared. Rabin with her earlier and will work through others.
She’s very excited to be learning this. She would watch the 12 yr old
SoHyun Ko over and over if I didn’t add in others, so thanks for the recommendations!
Edited: September 11, 2020, 10:26 AM · Vasa Prihoda is someone who has slipped off the radar. He stayed too comfortable during WWII, and missed out on the postwar lottery for recording contracts and (as with many others) American tours.

At his best, he could be quite astounding. Here is one of my favorite video clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EvUHAmQzjc
Puts the lie to the idea that musicians are mathematically adept. I mean, a sextet on a four-stringed instrument? Of course, Anna Russell later did a Gilbert & Sullivan quartet by herself.

September 11, 2020, 3:22 PM · Mr. Symchych,

Thanks for sharing that Donizetti sextet by de Saint-Lubin. Leon must have thought "if Liszt can do it, why can't I?" Very inspiring video-I love that sort of repertoire. The LH pizzicato emulating the orchestra accompaniment is brilliant! Prihoda plays it with ample nonchalance.


September 11, 2020, 9:28 PM · SoHyun Ko is really great, as are others listed above. Something different:

Gitlis (audio only): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocCQOhL4pYg
Roman Kim: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH-1jUcT6-M

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