Two legends (Yehudi Menuhin, violin, 1916 - 1999, and Ravi Shankar, sitar, 1920 - 2012), met and played, in a famous "West meets East" recording. Dare dive into the timeless music and discover Tenderness.
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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Kreizberg who died recently 51 years old.
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.)
This video is 38 minutes long: too much for a post. But Tchaikovsky's concerto deserves it :) Violinist is Sayaka Shoji. I might prefer versions which are a bit more "violent", but this one is full of emotion. And well fimed too.
A difficult piece (not only to play...). I love it for its amazing richness of sounds, soul and rythms (for those who don't know it and are curious, I recommand you keep listening up to the second part of the piece, a bit easier). I've chosen this version by Japanese player Mirodi to make us travel even farther.
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.
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.
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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