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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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Jascha Heifetz, God's Fiddler

Jascha Heifetz, God's Fiddler | Violins |
By Laurie Niles: When filmmaker Peter Rosen was approached to make a documentary on Jascha Heifetz several years ago, he met the project with some reservations.
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Michael Jackson on cello - Stunning

Michael Jackson on cello - Stunning | Violins |
So much energy! I suddently appreciate Michael Jackson ;) Dueling Cellists Stjepan Hauser & Luka Sulic – Smooth Criminal
Elvire's comment, January 27, 2011 9:17 AM
et précis !!

Queens' Bohemian Rhapsody, for Four Violins

Famous song by Queen. Interesting and somewhat surprising arrangement. Four violins played by one musician.
jibees's comment, December 27, 2010 12:11 PM
Nice !!

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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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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Maxim Vengerov Masterclass

Russian master teaching a Chinese virtuoso in English; Spanish music inspired by French composer; Italian instrument.
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Anne-Sophie Mutter in Beethoven's concerto (Cadenza)

Anne-Sophie Mutter in Beethoven's concerto (Cadenza) | Violins |
The Cadenza, in a violin concerto, is a section, near the end, where the soloist plays alone, usually in a virtuosic way.

Anne Sophie Mutter is a great artist and was very appreciated by famous conductor Herbert von Karajan (with her in this video).

If you like this piece (I hope so!) here is the link to the full 3rd movement:
Marc Rougier's comment, November 29, 2010 9:12 AM
Bonjour Joël, merci pour votre commentaire! ASM doit beaucoup à Karajan, mais c'est aussi une artiste intéressante (engagée!). Quant à Victoria, merci, je l'avais postée plus bas dans ce topic dans la Chaconne de Bach - qui m'est plus "accessible" que Shostakovitch :)
Joel Jacquard's comment, November 29, 2010 6:32 PM
La Chaconne de Bach plus accessible ... pour un(e) violoniste ou pour les oreilles ? Shostakovich est certes difficile à suivre mais quand on a compris son écriture (tout comme Prokofiev, Stravinsky ...etc) l'instrument n'est que la main d'une pensée et non une exécution d'une lecture binaire ...

C'est une affaire de culture et/ou d'éducation, il y a des gens qui n'aiment pas le chocolat ou les fraises ... mais quand on aime J.S Bach, on fini par aimer toutes les musiques du monde.

Marc Rougier's comment, November 29, 2010 6:56 PM
Je voulais dire "pour mes oreilles" en effet. Tout à fait conscient de l'aspect subjectif et culturel de la chose.

La Chaconne de Bach fut le premier post sur ce topic car c'est un monument et je partage votre point sur Jean Seb.

Ensuite mon topic violon est aussi ouvert que possible (gypsie, arabe, jazz, ...), mais j'ai encore du mal à suivre Chostakovitch. N'hésitez pas à me suggérer un petit morceau d'intro aux russes de cette époque, je le posterais et écouterais avec intérêt!

Par contre je n'arrive pas à imaginer qu'il y aient des gens qui n'aiment pas le chocolat! :)

Bonne soirée!!

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 !!

Welcome to Marc's violin world

Welcome to Marc's violin world | Violins |

I met violin when I was young. I fall in love. It was not reciprocal - I never was able to play a decent scale. But my love survived.

Violin is ultra simple in concept: no moving pieces, no predefined notes. Yet, it offers infinite possibilities. My violin world is violin across boundaries: across music styles, geographies and times. Enjoy and feel free to suggest.

Elisabeth St. de Pablo's comment, May 4, 2011 6:42 AM
Merci pour votre message. Violons et Violes sont cousins. Votre topic est très belle et intéressante. A suivre: et suis en train de mettre en place un site. A bientôt.
Tim's comment, January 2, 2012 9:53 AM
Tiens, je ne savais pas que tu étais passionné de Violon :)!

Western classic music on Chinese violin

Mrs Sun Huang plays "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso", by Camille Saint Saens. The instrument is the Erhu, or Chinese violin. It has only 2 strings and predates the western violin by 500 year. Interesting to hear how it performs on romantic music. And I really like how inspired Mrs Sun Huang looks.
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8-bit violin makes real music

8-bit violin makes real music | Violins |
For the geeks ;)

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, 8-bit will never go out of style. Last week we wrote about the 8-bit Hero guitar named the NES Paul, and this week we have another instrument that for you: a playable 8-bit violin.
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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.

via Glidetrack
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.

Joshua Roman plays Etude no. 27 for cello by David Popper (crazy fast!)

Chromatic insanity, along with some of the usual jolliness in the lower register. He is now at TED, if anyone has a recording, please suggest it here!!! Thanks!
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Itzhak Perlman with Niccolo Paganini

One of the greatest violinist of the second half of the XXth and the rock star of the first half of the XIXth century.
Joel Jacquard's comment, December 6, 2010 6:15 AM
Bonjour Marc, :-)

De toutes façons, Paganini n'est pas ma tasse de thé, est-ce encore du violon ? Perlman lui-même dit dans la vidéo "c'est tellement rapide" et il est vrai que même si c'est bluffant à l'oreille, ses œuvres méritent plus pour faire un show spectaculaire qu'autre chose.

Les goûts et les couleurs ...
Marc Rougier's comment, December 6, 2010 5:52 PM
Je peux écouter plus longtemps / souvent Bach ou les grands concertos romantiques que Paganini, mais ça me fait vibrer malgré tout. Pour d'autres raison sans doute mais je ne boude pas mon plaisir. Bonne nuit!
Mickaël's comment, December 7, 2010 6:04 PM
Liszt souffre de ces critiques aussi (il a adapté beaucoup de Paganini d'ailleurs). Même si la forme est un peu "spectaculaire", il n'en reste pas moins que la musique est magnifique selon moi.
Ces oeuvres ont percé le temps par leurs qualités musicales et non leur virtuosité.

Je crois.!

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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Weird, rare, amazing! The Barytone violin

Weird, rare, amazing! The Barytone violin | Violins |
The ancester of the violin. One octave lower and several centuries older. It almost disappeared because it was nearly unplayable. Is Jacques Dupriez the only person still to play it? You've got to listen to him. Video non longer available, apologize. Will re-post if I find another one. Please feel free to suggest!
Marc Rougier's comment, January 18, 2011 3:15 PM
True. This is actually a recent instrument, designed by Jacques Dupriez, in an attempt to modernize this ancester of today's violin. Well spotted!
Marc Rougier's comment, January 25, 2011 6:43 AM
Sadly the video is no longer available on this site :(
myriam's comment, January 26, 2011 3:37 PM
Wondering why...!

Stephane Grappelli with George Gerschwin

Stephane Grappelli, a jazz icon - Someone to Watch Over Me (George Greshwin)
Joel Jacquard's comment, December 7, 2010 5:05 AM
C'était juste une remarque Annie :-) car le Maestro Grappelli a un répertoire étonnant parfois inattendu, la liste est longue.
Marc Rougier's comment, December 7, 2010 5:13 AM
Bonjour Annie, bonjour Joël :)

C'est un plaisir de vous croiser sur ce topic. La liste est longue en effet, et heureusement. Perso, je trouve ce "rythme" de Gerschwin par Grapelli plein de soleil, idéal pour un matin d'hiver :)
Annie's comment, December 7, 2010 5:39 AM
Moi pareil:-) J'ai eu la chance de le voir deux fois en concert, je m'en souviens encore:-)!

Movie: "The Red Violin"; the gypsy scene

Movie: "The Red Violin"; the gypsy scene | Violins |
Plot (wikipedia): The film tells the story of a perfect violin known as "the Red Violin" for its rich red colour. At the film's beginning, the violin is being auctioned in Canada. As the bidding starts, the violin's history is revealed, showing that the violin has been in existence for over 300 years, having been made in 1681.

Its history is told in five stories set in different locations around the world—Cremona, Vienna, Oxford, Shanghai, and Montreal.

Throughout the movie, the solos are played by noted violinist Joshua Bell.
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Electric Violin Rock Stars FUSE Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee Rock

Electric Violin Rock Stars FUSE Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee Rock | Violins |
Violin has no boundary. It's played in all types of music. Including Rock and Roll.
LinziStoppard's curator insight, May 30, 2013 10:42 PM

To achieve their trademark sound, the electric violinists of FUSE called upon a suite of high-tech equipment, including their trademark Bridge electric violins.