Fiddle News

June 12, 2007

Stefan-Peter Greiner Studies the Masters

Filed under: Interview,Music — tmyers2002 @ 7:30 pm

stefan peter greinerStefan-Peter Greiner is very picky about who gets to play his violins. Christian Tetzlaff plays one, but Greiner turns down about 50% of the customers seeking a spot on his waiting list. Jutta Wasserab of DW-World.de talked to the acclaimed violin maker and in this interview Greiner gives some insights into how he makes his violins, and why he turns down so many violinists who would like to own one of his rare creations.

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June 6, 2007

Quick Hit – Eileen Ivers

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:45 pm

eileen iversAmerican born Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers was in Columbus Ohio last month, and Gary Budzak of the Columbus Dispatch sat down with her for this quick interview. Ivers briefly talks about her background and her music. The article also includes a couple of audio samples of Ivers’ fiddling. The Dispatch’s Barbara Zuck reviewed the concert and wrote that “Ivers has perfected a kind of musical multitasking that only a few are interested in attempting and even fewer can master.”

June 5, 2007

Anne Akiko Meyers Still Ascending

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 9:06 pm

anne akiko meyersAnne Akiko Meyers was in Tampa, Florida to perform Vaughn Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” with Stefan Sanderling and the Florida Orchestra. John Fleming of the St. Petersburg Times reviewed the concert and called Meyers “the most elegant violin soloist of her generation.” In his review he said “the lark has a beautiful sound, but it can’t approximate what she (Meyers) does with a Stradivarius.”  (Submitted by A.A. Townsend)

Julia Fischer on Tour and on CD

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:48 pm

Julia FischerAfter touring the continent with the New York Philharmonic, Julia Fischer arrived in England to play the Beethoven Violin Concerto with David Zinman and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Reviewing the concert for the Times, Geoff Brown commented that “this would have been remarkable playing to achieve at any age.” Barry Millington of the Evening Standard, however, wrote in his review that he thought Fischer’s performance ultimately lacked humanity, and only provided evidence “of a more complete artist still to be revealed.”

Fischer has also been busy releasing CD’s, and David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews both the Tchaikovsky and Brahms releases. Her Tchaikovsky he calls “notable for its feats of subtlety”, while the Brahms “borders on being a signature piece for Fischer.” Geoff Brown reviewing the Brahms CD for the Times, notes that Fischer has “long soared beyond being labelled ‘promising'”, and she eases herself into the principal theme of the first movement “with the sweetest of sighs.”

Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante Revive Rare Sinfonia

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:24 pm

fabio biondiJulia Amacher of Minnesota Public Radio reviews Fabio Biondi’s recording of rare works by Vivaldi, Carlo Monza and Giuseppe Demachi. You’ll find the transcript here, but be sure to listen to the audio clip to hear excerpts from the new CD. What was Amacher’s reaction? She thinks it was worth waiting a few hundred years to hear.

Itzhak Perlman in Albany

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:12 pm

itzhak perlmanItzhak Perlman recently spoke with Joseph Dalton of the Albany Times Union. In this interview, he discusses playing for the Queen, keeping Beethoven fresh, and his approach to teaching and conducting. Joseph Dalton also reviewed Perlman’s concert with the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Allen Miller, calling the performance fluid and natural, but somewhat lacking in spontaneity and nuance.

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