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Re: Greatest living violinists
« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2015, 10:05:16 AM »
One I have always admired is Rachel Barton Pine, who survived a serious accident just as she was coming into her own. I don't know if she is top 5, but she is very musical in her playing.

She is also very exploratory and versatile. I heard her playing a rebec in an early music concert last year, and she plays and records a lot of off-the-beaten-path material. She just released a 3-CD set of sonatas by Veracini, an Italian Baroque composer I hadn't previously heard of.
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« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2015, 10:17:09 AM »
She is also very exploratory and versatile. I heard her playing a rebec in an early music concert last year, and she plays and records a lot of off-the-beaten-path material. She just released a 3-CD set of sonatas by Veracini, an Italian Baroque composer I hadn't previously heard of.

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Re: Greatest living violinists
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2015, 10:20:04 AM »
Augustin Hadelich
Christian Tetzlaff
GREAT choices, too!

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« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2015, 10:20:33 AM »
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Oh really?  8)
There are plenty of violinists these days.
These should keep you busy for a while: Lisa Batiashvili, Fabio Biondi (period instrument Baroque), Renaud Capuçon, James Ehnes, Isabelle Faust (from Baroque (PI mostly) to modern), Vilde Frang, Ilya Gringolts, John Holloway, Daniel Hope, Alina Ibragimova, Leila Josefowitz, Leonidas Kavakos, Sergey Khachatryan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Laurent Korcia, Gidon Kremer, Tasmin Little, Andrew Manze (period instruments, baroque / classical), Anthony Marwood (soloist, Florestan Trio) , Viktoria Mullova (from HIP Baroque to Prokofiev and beyond), Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Repin, Daniel Sepec (in Arcanto SQ, Biber Mystery Sonata recording, etc), Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Maxim Vengerov (quite polarizing, some like him and some can't stand him), Antje Weithaas (in Arcanto SQ, solo work), Thomas Zehetmair (soloist, Zehetmair Quartet), Frank-Peter Zimmermann

GREAT choices, too!

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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2015, 10:27:24 AM »
Oh really?  8)

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« Reply #25 on: September 28, 2015, 10:30:39 AM »
Who are some of your favourite living violinists, John:)

Good question, but here are a couple: Hilary Hahn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Alina Ibragimova, Isabelle Faust, Gil Shaham, Anthony Marwood, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Lisa Batiashvili, and Tasmin Little.
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« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2015, 10:35:51 AM »
Sorry.
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« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2015, 10:37:31 AM »
GREAT choices, too!

Oh, we're spoiled for riches!  8)

Thanks! As an aside, it always irks me a bit when people say things like, "There are no great violinists [or pianists, vocalists, etc.] as good as the ones from the past." I think they're missing out on the great artists of today - and for whatever reason, there are tons of them.

Another observation, not unrelated to great violinists: we live in a golden age of string quartets. It is kind of incredible just how many expert ensembles there are - and from all over the world.

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« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2015, 10:40:24 AM »
Thanks! As an aside, it always irks me a bit when people say things like, "There are no great violinists [or pianists, vocalists, etc.] as good as the ones from the past." I think they're missing out on the great artists of today - and for whatever reason, there are tons of them.

Another observation, not unrelated to great violinists: we live in a golden age of string quartets. It is kind of incredible just how many expert ensembles there are - and from all over the world.

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« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2015, 10:41:49 AM »
Another observation, not unrelated to great violinists: we live in a golden age of string quartets. It is kind of incredible just how many expert ensembles there are - and from all over the world.

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Very very true. Oh, the old-timers would hate me for saying this, but...most of the time when I listen to string quartets from before 1980, I wish I was listening to one of the hotshot young quartets of today, instead.  :o

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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2015, 10:49:27 AM »
Thanks! As an aside, it always irks me a bit when people say things like, "There are no great violinists [or pianists, vocalists, etc.] as good as the ones from the past." I think they're missing out on the great artists of today - and for whatever reason, there are tons of them.

Another observation, not unrelated to great violinists: we live in a golden age of string quartets. It is kind of incredible just how many expert ensembles there are - and from all over the world.

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Hear, hear!  I certainly hope my first post also illustrates these truths.

Lots of brilliant cellists and violists around these days too, and I'd hazard to think that they fare even better in a comparison with their historical colleagues than violinists do.
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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2015, 10:55:46 AM »
Anybody for Wanda Wilkomirska? Szymanowski lovers take note.

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« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2015, 11:17:51 AM »
Anybody for Wanda Wilkomirska? Szymanowski lovers take note.

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Great violinist but as she was born in 1929, she is hardly one of these newer violinists XB-70 wanted to learn about.  8)
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« Reply #33 on: September 28, 2015, 11:22:52 AM »
Very very true. Oh, the old-timers would hate me for saying this, but...most of the time when I listen to string quartets from before 1980, I wish I was listening to one of the hotshot young quartets of today, instead.  :o

I can empathize. Now and then, to those who say "no musicians today like the ones from the past" I reply, "You're right. They're better."  >:D

Hear, hear!  I certainly hope my first post also illustrates these truths.

Lots of brilliant cellists and violists around these days too, and I'd hazard to think that they fare even better in a comparison with their historical colleagues than violinists do.

Yes, it certainly does. I have heard many on your list live, and on a good night, any of them could be considered "the best in the world." And totally agree about the violists and cellists comment (probably basses, too). A few weeks ago I heard cellist Sol Gabetta for the first time - incredible, and I thought, heavens, where has she been? (Or rather, where have *I* been...)

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Just heard that piece for the first time about a year ago, by an(other) outstanding young violinist, Kristin Lee. A gem.

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« Reply #34 on: September 28, 2015, 11:34:08 AM »
Yes, it certainly does. I have heard many on your list live, and on a good night, any of them could be considered "the best in the world." And totally agree about the violists and cellists comment (probably basses, too). A few weeks ago I heard cellist Sol Gabetta for the first time - incredible, and I thought, heavens, where has she been? (Or rather, where have *I* been...)
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Oh, certainly basses too. Pretty much any instrument apart from the violin, as modern composers have written more of more demanding material for them. Recording technology helps too. Speaking of cellists born in the early '80s, Alisa Weilerstein is phenomenal.
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« Reply #35 on: September 28, 2015, 11:52:49 AM »
There are many wonderful violinists around today and most have been mentioned.
One young artist which for me really stands out is Norwegian Vilde Frang. Her Mozart, her Tschaikovsky, her Sibelius have made me listen new to these worn-out pieces. She finds things that obviously other people have not found before and that enrich my appreciation of this wonderful music.

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« Reply #36 on: September 28, 2015, 11:57:14 AM »
I don't follow violinists much, but Hilary Hahn is not only one of the finest violinists I've heard on record, she is probably the most assured soloist on any instrument that I've seen in person.  I've seen her twice, playing the Tchaikovsky and Nielsen concertos, and it seemed as if she wasn't even trying.

Ehnes seems to get a lot of praise from various people.  Perhaps I will try some of his recordings.
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« Reply #37 on: September 28, 2015, 01:55:23 PM »
Haven't yet seen a mention of Cho-Liang Lin, whose Nielsen, Sibelius and Rouse recordings have greatly impressed me.

Also Robert McDuffie, American music specialist (check out his Adams, Glass, and Schuman).
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« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2015, 07:00:09 PM »
Very interesting names mentioned here, incl. Ehnes, who seems to be quite highly regarded. This is a new one for me, although I have at least heard of most of the others. I will have to look for some of their recordings too.

It is interesting that no one has defended Perlman or mentioned him among the living greats. I don't mean to bash him, but I've just never liked his sound or interpretations, despite all the publicity he gets. No mention either of Midori, who I never really liked, or Sarah Chang, who I did--both preferences admittedly based on very little listening. 

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