Saturday, September 08, 2012
By Brian Wise
More than a deadly menace to trees, two species of fungi may also help unlock the secrets of the great 18th-century Italian violins.
Monday, February 06, 2012
At three years old, Ray Chen was given a toy guitar by his parents - which he stuck under his chin and tried to play with a chopstick. The eventual violinist has come a long way since then, winning the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. His first orchestral album comes out this week - he joins us to for a preview, and to play some of his solo favorites.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Chicago violin shop owner Chunyee Lu is suing an anonymous commenter who posted negative reviews of his shop on consumer sites like Yelp.com, Citysearch.com, and Kudzu.com.
Friday, November 11, 2011
By Brian Wise
Owned by conductor Lorin Maazel for 66 years, the violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been featured in a number of his recordings and in concerts.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Cornelius Dufallo, composer and violinist in the group Ethel, draws inspiration from the New York nightscape on his solo effort, "Dream Streets." On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear how Dufallo's acoustic and electronic elements are used to weave stasis music.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are five standout recordings, plus a free download of violinist Tianwa Yang.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 5,085 musical instruments in its collection. The fact that they are rarely played illustrates an ongoing debate about the purpose of musical instruments in museums and the value of performance.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
German violinist Christian Tetzlaff chats with Jeff Spurgeon about his new Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, about his modern violin and his surprising tastes in pop music.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Glenn Dicterow has been a concertmaster or associate concertmaster in major symphony orchestras for nearly forty years, thirty of which have been at the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Jeff Spurgeon about the job.
Monday, September 20, 2010
As part of our ongoing September series, ViolinFest, Symphony Hall focuses on the legacy of Niccolò Paganini. Tonight, a trip through his Violin Concerto No. 1, a work that shows off the violinist-composer's full mastery of the instrument.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
As our month-long ViolinFest proceeds on WQXR, I’ve been reading about the violin, and talking with some violinists and other violin experts. Curiously for me, though, learning about the violin has not made me interested in the slightest in learning to play the thing. I say “curiously” because usually when I study something, I feel an urge, however small, to experience it. But for some reason, the violin hasn’t grabbed me in the least. It looks not only difficult to learn, but uncomfortable, too. I love listening to it, and deeply admire the people who study it, play it expertly, and understand it. But it’s not for me.
If I were to study a string instrument, it would be the cello. There’s something about its tone quality, its warmth, and the intimacy of holding it in an embrace – as opposed to tucking the violin under the chin, as if it were napkin – that draws me to it. There’s nothing rational about any of this, of course. Speaking of irrational, I also have long had a desire to play the accordion. I love the sweet rusticity of the French bal-musette sound. But the accordion instead of the violin – what’s wrong with me? Please don’t answer that, but do answer this: What musical instrument have you always wanted to play, and why? If you’ve fulfilled your ambition, what was it like to meet the object of your musical desire?
Friday, September 10, 2010
This week's Full Rotation highlights "Seasons…dreams," violinist Anne Akiko Meyers's new collection of seasonal and dream-related pieces by Debussy, Faure, Wagner, Gershwin and others. To whet your appetite, WQXR offers a free download.