Say hello to a whole new way of experiencing and enjoying violin music! This streaming project is the result of my dream of recording on one of the top violins in the world, an exquisite golden age period Stradivari violin from 1714 also know as the “Jackson” Strad.
It’s nice to be able to make a living doing something you care about especially these days when Concert Halls are closed and there are so few opportunities to share our music with live audiences. The selections you will hear are my favorite pieces from the violin solo repertoire.
We live in the age of great technological achievements. So great in fact, that a large majority of the releases we see and hear these days are spliced, edited, digitally manipulated to such a degree that often times it resembles very little of the original track. It’s really the standard of the day and it shouldn’t surprise anyone.
I decided to do the opposite and what you’ll hear on these recordings are straight out of the microphone takes, with no sound editing on our part. Flying without a net, as close to a live performance as it gets. It’s not a technically perfect recording and at times you might see on my face the anxiety of having to surf between the noise coming from the construction site next door, and other unexpected noises that came up particularly at the end of important or difficult takes that could have been a keeper.
Making this recording has been a memorable journey of discovery and I’m so thankful to Dr. William & Judy Sloan for allowing me to visit for many weeks and borrow the wonderful violins and bows.
Join us in couple weeks on October 3 for the release of the second episode of the Exceptional Violins Series featuring another great violin, the 1742 Guarneri Del Gesu “Sloan”
Fritz Kreisler - Recitativo and Scherzo Caprice
Eugène Ysaÿe - Sonata No. 3 "Ballade"
J. S. Bach - Chaccone, Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
J.S. Bach - Sarabande, Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002
George Enescu - Impressions D'enfance, Le Ménétrier
Niccolò Paganini - Caprices Nos. 1, 5, 9, 14, 21 & 24
Astor Piazzola - Tango Etude #3
Ion Voicu - The Morning After the Wedding