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Strad Wars

Strad Wars | Violins |
Is the enormous worth of revered violins rooted in myth or merit?

I like this sentence: "Psychology plays an important role. If musicians think they are playing one of the greatest instruments in the world, they may actually play better."

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Interview from Julia Fischer on 'Poème'

Interview from Julia Fischer on 'Poème' | Violins |
By Bram Heemskerk: Julia Fischer's new CD, 'Poème'
Julia Fischer made a cd with 2 relatively well known and 2 relatively unknown pieces with conductor Yakov Kreizberg who died recently 51 years old.
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Augustin Hadelich talks about 'Echoes of Paris'

Augustin Hadelich talks about 'Echoes of Paris' | Violins |
Today is the official CD release of Augustin Hadelich's new recording, Echoes of Paris, which was released digitally about a month ago.

This was a good excuse to chat with Augustin once again and see how he's doing, now that he has a new recording and a new fiddle. (This fall he returned the Gingold Strad to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. He now is using the "Kiesewetter" Stradivari of 1723, through The Stradivari Society.)
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An amazing experiment by Joshua Bell

An amazing experiment by Joshua Bell | Violins |
Marc Rougier's insight:

A story about fame, art and perception. Courageous experiment by one of the world's greatest violinists. His instrument is a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius. If he played it for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington, would anyone notice? Or the power of brands...

Mickaël's comment, December 7, 2010 5:41 PM
This article is freaking long. I know this kind of experiment. That's fun. People don't really look for good music, but for a good "experience". Maybe... I'd love to here a genius playing a Stradivarius while going to work, even if I don't notice it's that fantastic (I would, though). Thanks Joshua :)
Mickaël's comment, December 7, 2010 5:47 PM
I played some basic piano pieces in an ice cream shop in Canada. The same feeling on that point: when music stops, nothing happens. After few minutes some people would notice it and came to ask me to play again.
I like the feeling. Music becomes important when you're missing it.

Just like water.
Marc Rougier's comment, December 8, 2010 10:10 AM
I like your positive conclusion on what could seem to be a negative experience :)

So you would claim music is more important than ice cream? ;)!

A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love | Violins |
This video is inspiring: "I wanted to play the violon so I just made one". Erf... sounds just impossible to me :)
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Joshua Bell and Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart

Joshua Bell and Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart | Violins |
Pablo Heras-Casado conducted the violin soloist Joshua Bell at Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival.


Wish I were there!

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The ‘Lady Blunt’ 1721 Stradivarius Violin Sets World Record Price at Tarisio Auction

The ‘Lady Blunt’ 1721 Stradivarius Violin Sets World Record Price at Tarisio Auction | Violins |
Tarisio, the online auction house for fine instruments, sold the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius violin of 1721 for a world-record price of £9,808,000 ($15,894,000) at their June 20 auction, over 4 times the previous auction record for a Stradivari violin. It was bought by an anonymous bidder after extremely active bidding. 100% of proceeds from the sale will go to aid Japan through the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
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Octobass - the giant violin

Octobass - the giant violin | Violins |
The 12-foot tall Octobass plays so low, it's lowest string when played fully open is barely in the human hearing registry. To play it, a musician must stand on a stool and use leavers to fret the notes. It resides at the new Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the only one in North America.

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Christophe ASTIER's comment, January 19, 2012 3:54 AM
The Octobass was invented in early XIX, and the famous violin maker Vuillaume has built thre improved Octobasses around 1850. Two of them are known to survive in Paris (Musée Instrumental de la Cité de la Musique) and Vienna.

The Tale of Two Men…

The Tale of Two Men… | Violins |
Imagine two musicians… one who plays a $3.5 million dollar violin and can sell out an entire auditorium at $100 a seat… and one who plays for people’s spare change in a train station.
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World’s Most Expensive Violins

World’s Most Expensive Violins | Violins |
$18 millions for an instrument!

Story (and video) here!

Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), the well-known master luthier, is believed to have created 1,100 violins in Cremona, Italy, and 650 of those are believed to still exist.One such violin, the Lady Tennant Stradivarius, was sold by Christie’s New York in April 2005 for US $2.03 million. There have, however, been private sales of similar violins crafted by Stradivari that likely exceeded this costly figure. This expensive violin was originally owned by Charles Lafont. Its name comes from Sir Charles Tennant, who purchased it for his wife in 1900.World’s most expensive violinA del GesùEven rarer than Stradivari instruments, however, are those created by Giuseppe Guarneri, del Gesù (1698-1744). Guarneri also worked in Cremona and was considered Stradivari’s only rival. He earned the title “del Gesù” (“of Jesus”), also used to refer to his violins, by using the nomina sacra, I. H. S. and a Roman Cross on his labels (...)
Marc Rougier's comment, November 30, 2010 11:05 AM
Merci, faut que je fasse de la place!

Il a troqué le violon pour la baguette, Vengerov, non?
Joel Jacquard's comment, November 30, 2010 11:57 AM
Oui tout à fait, et un répertoire .... Russe principalement !
Joel Jacquard's comment, November 30, 2010 11:57 AM
Oui tout à fait, et un répertoire .... Russe principalement !