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A topic about violins and violinists of all kinds and all times.
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LandfillHarmony, the Recycled Orchestra

LandfillHarmony, the Recycled Orchestra | Violins | Scoop.it
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A film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity.


Via Musigbistrot Bern

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Violin Light Paintings

Violin Light Paintings | Violins | Scoop.it
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Violinist Jascha Heifetz playing in darkened studio as light attached to his bow traces the bow movement. Beautiful. Thanks Myriam!

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Yehudi Menuhin & Ravi Shankar: Tenderness

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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.

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Mary Dantes's comment, December 31, 2012 3:19 PM
Beautiful!!! I'm following you.
Elisabeth St. de Pablo's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:04 PM

Pas de viole mais très beau, à écouter

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A Violin which rocks and stings

Sting with Back to Bass tour in Houston, november 18 2011. Fiddler Peter Tickell doing his amazing solo.

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Stradivarius violin recreated from CAT scan, 'sounds amazingly similar'

Stradivarius violin recreated from CAT scan, 'sounds amazingly similar' | Violins | Scoop.it

This sounds like a miracle.


Stradivarius violins are 300+ years old and their secrete sauce is still a mystery. Almost a myth! Puzzling news therefore, both from a music and science perspectives.


PS: CAT Scan = Computed Axial Tomography Scan

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Le Violon Rouge (The Red Violin)

Le Violon Rouge (The Red Violin) | Violins | Scoop.it
I have been thinking of writing about "The Red Violin" since i saw it. I saw this movie by chance. Yes, i am really happy to have stumbled upon it.This movie is about an epic journey of a perfect ...
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Interview from Julia Fischer on 'Poème'

Interview from Julia Fischer on 'Poème' | Violins | Scoop.it
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.
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Jascha Heifetz, God's Fiddler

Jascha Heifetz, God's Fiddler | Violins | Scoop.it
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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Augustin Hadelich talks about 'Echoes of Paris'

Augustin Hadelich talks about 'Echoes of Paris' | Violins | Scoop.it
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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Stephane Grappelli with George Gerschwin

Stephane Grappelli, a jazz icon - Someone to Watch Over Me (George Greshwin)
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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:-)
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Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto

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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.


Via Gregory Herbé


(edited) Here is a take by super master Heifetz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fCuMFGVwhc. And Heifetz being Heifetz, it's 7 minutes shorter. On fire! :)


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Marylene Delbourg-Delphis's comment, September 21, 2013 5:59 PM
Thanks! I still prefer Heifetz and Perlman.
Marc Rougier's comment, September 21, 2013 7:28 PM
Totally agree. I added a link to one of Heifetz performance of same. Thanks Marylene.
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Some energy from Jasser Haj Youssef Quartet

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Paros Jazz Festival (Greece, 2012). Via Jasser Haj Youssef. Great musician.

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Marc Rougier's comment, April 3, 2013 10:19 AM
@jibees: there migh be a little step, as opposed to, say, http://sco.lt/4ui27t. But once you are in, you cannot get out (I have his CD if you want to travel a bit ;-))
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:21 AM
I want something just inside the both !
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:23 AM
Like : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv6KtK7_0YA ;)
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Adrian Anantawan: Violin's human emotion

"The violin extends the range of the human soul".

About art, technology, and following one's dream.

Tchaikovsky inside. at TED.

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Strad Wars

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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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Midori plays Ravel Tzigane

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.

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Joshua Bell and Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart

Joshua Bell and Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart | Violins | Scoop.it
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 | Scoop.it
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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8-bit violin makes real music

8-bit violin makes real music | Violins | Scoop.it
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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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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Queens' Bohemian Rhapsody, for Four Violins

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