I wish I could play like_________________________
Fill in the blank.
I’ve seen lots of great violinists referred to in the discussion comments. If you could play like only one, who would you choose?
Elicia Silverstien - especially Biber's Passacagalia:
What wonderful tone she is able to produce with nearly no vibrato. She uses some. But very little. Typical of baroque.
This video is what caused me to fall deeply in love with this piece and why it's my long-term goal. Not that I will ever be able to play it like her.
Practice 40 hours a day and you never know!
LOL Rob, not at my age, and more importantly, level of arthritis. However, we never know!
I wish I could play like I'll be able to play in 10 year's time.
First, you have to get the notes and bowing in the right place - but that's only half the job. To get the sound in the video you'll have to find a hall with the sort of reverb you're hearing, and, of course, a pretty good baroque violin, likely a modern replica.
@Catherine - do you mean Alissa Weilerstein? She is wonderful, but I am not a cellist. And, in terms of arthritis, I belong to the Arthritis String Quartet. I am the youngster at 70. The first violinist is 89 and the cellist is 92. The second violin is my age.
Yehudi Menuhin or Henryk Szeryng
Tom - it is indeed Elicia Silverstein - that's her video I linked to above in my post :-) She doesn't have many videos on YouTube, but it is this piece that got me back to the violin after a 45 years hiatus.
Richard O'Neill. (I'm a violist.)
Interesting question. There are people who drop into my current frame of mind, and others who blow it apart.
Perhaps Zoltan Szekely had the particular kind of lyricism I am looking for, but the sound of Zoria Shikhmurzaeva, Alexander Labko or Igor Bezrodny I find very special as well.
Or else (and maybe not so different), my teacher Vivian Mayers, here playing a Biber sonata:
Hands down Augustin Hadelich.
I really like Hadelich's Brahms VC and Ysaye Sonatas.
Pinchas Zukerman or Shlomo Mintz. Both are very good and both play the violin and viola like me
Another vote for Zino Francescatti!
Thanks everyone. You guys gave me a few more that I was unaware of. I get to do some more exploring.
Zukerman (violin and viola).
I think it would be more fun to play in the style of someone like Ruggiero Ricci because of the fact that he lets his technique simply explode; he knows how to let loose and have fun!
...like I used to when I was younger.
That's how I read it Gordon. I've so many favorites I couldn't choose, but Elicia really inspired me to return to the violin.
I'd rather play the Bach D minor chaconne like Heifetz than like Perlman, no offence to Perlman.
Yeah, Hadelich. He's got it all. Incredible sound, technique to burn, and amazing taste. How many violinists living today can you say are contenders for the throne of best ever? As far as anyone can tell he also seems to be a warm, decent, and genuine person. I hate him! LOL
My daughter would vote for Hillary Hahn. More immediately for her, Chloe Chua.
Oistrakh, much as I love him, was a bit too Bolshoi for me to want to emulate him.
Think you meant Bolshie?
I’d say Hadelich but my daughter’s pick James Ehnes. More specifically, she wants to play like herself but with his stability.
Myself. Unfortunately, I need a heck of a lot more technique to get there.
Well, male Bolshoi dancers dance BIG, and Oistrakh very often plays BIG so I like to class him as Bolshoi.
I have modest aspirations, I'd be happy just playing like a 9yr old Chinese prodigy!
Though I revere my violin heroes, I don't want to play like any of them. What's the point? I'm happier listening to them than imitating them. Rather, I'd like to play the violin as skillfully and beautifully as God had intended for me to play. I'm still working on it!
Szeryng has a special corner in my heart and my teacher took classes with him in some occasions in Paris. Actually I remember asking this teacher what was one of the most remarkable violinist he had watched live. His straight forward answer was "Michael Rabin".
Actually, I should have also mentioned Ida Haendel, (with whom I once sort of had dinner). An excellent violinist about whom one doesn't hear much nowadays.
At her best, she was unbelievably awesome.
I play in the practice room. as confident and relaxed like I play there. That would be enough for the moment to make me happy :)
Herman van Veen
Ditto Ivry Gitlis. Plus Nathan Milstein, though very different. And almost any of the above. For fiddle, Natalie MacMaster.
I wish I could play, like, really fast.
this morning I heard a superfast and really stellar 3rd movement of Mendelssohn on the radio; it turned out to be James Ehnes. surely wish i could play like that!
Not mentioned yet: Louis Kaufman, who was concertmaster and/or soloist for hundreds of Hollywood movie scores in the golden age of the studio orchestras. When asked why he did recording sessions instead of being a touring soloist he said something like; I like the schedule and their checks don't bounce. Second place vote for quality of sound; Oistrakh. Wait-changed my mind again -Kreisler; technique as the servant of style. Wait again- someone who doesn't exist yet- the violin equivalent of Stan Getz.
James Ehnes is fabulous, my second choice.
Menuhin. No one plays the second movement of Beethoven concerto like him.
Augustin Hadelich. Great technique, well crafted phrases, awesome musician.
Let there be Heifetz!