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    Recommendations for solo violin recordings

    Hi,

    I'm a noob at classical music, so inspired by this old thread

    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...ighlight=cello

    I'd like to ask for recommendations on solo violin stuff.

    Thanks,

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    Try Lara St. John on Magnatune (is not evil). I bought the FLAC of her Bach Violin Concertos and it's excellent. The great thing of Magnatune is that you can try it for free an buy it for a price you feel is reasonable. And of course that 50% goes to the artist.

    http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/lara-bach/

    Two other CD's of her are at:

    http://www.magnatune.com/artists/lara_st_john
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    Rachel Podger's Bach violin sonatas and partitas are excellent. That's solo violin (i.e. nothing else at all) rather than the violin being the main instrument (that would be a concerto)
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Stef- View Post
    Try Lara St. John on Magnatune (is not evil).
    Thanks, I had a listen and its quite nice. Although personally I often find Bach compositions a bit too "pretty". I'm not much into modern stuff either, but I do appreciate the occasional "oddities" in compositions. Sorry about all the "", but I do not know enough of classical music to express myself properly.

    Btw. there is a Magnatune plugin for SqueezeCenter:

    http://forums.slimdevices.com/showth...ight=magnatune

    Edit: I relise Bach' compositions often are amazingly complex and full of odd stuff, but I guess I'm not looking for that kind of oddities. Hmm, I'm handweaving... If you feel like it just suggest something, and I'll have a listen and see what I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamslim View Post
    Rachel Podger's Bach violin sonatas and partitas are excellent. That's solo violin (i.e. nothing else at all) rather than the violin being the main instrument (that would be a concerto)
    Thanks for clarifying. So what I actually meant was solo recordings AND violin concertos. Do you have any recommendations for concertos? Perhaps something not written by Bach, as per my answer above

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    Try these:

    Tchaikovsky violin Concerto
    Vivaldi Four Seasons
    Elgar Violin Concerto
    Sibelius Violin Concerto

    Have fun!
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    Not Strictly Classical, but...

    Great solo violinist debut album, beautifully performed & recorded, mostly classical but with a little modern Paul Schwartz orchestration: Lucia Micarelli - Music from a Farther Room

    Catherine Lara's 2000 album ARAL (collaboration project with Eric Mouquet from Deep Forest) is also quite good, but much more like "World Fusion" than classical.
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    Have a listen to: Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
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    iPhone: thanks for the recommendation and for reminding me of this thread. Of course, also thanks to the rest who have contributed.

    In the meantime I've spent some time getting a bit more into classical music. A lot of interesting music, but two compositions/performances that really, in my optics, are worth (for totally different reasons) checking out are:

    Violin Concerto No. 8 by Niccolo˛ Paganini. The recording by Hilary Hahn together with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by the (in)famous Eiji Oue is close to flawless. Musically, the thing that makes it tick for me are not only the artistic elements, but even more the technical content. Mind you, I don't know a first bit about playing violin, but this just sounds amasingly difficult (and good). To me, the piece is a real show off, lots of bling, fun, and perhaps arrogance It makes sense that the composer was a violin virtous and a person who knew how to appreciate life.

    The other I'd like to mention is Violin Concerto in D major by Igor Stravinsky. Again Hilary Hahn's performance together with The Academy of St. Martin in the fields is really good, also comparably I've read. This is totally different than the first one. If you know Stravinsky's work, you'll like it. I've recently become acquainted with Stravinsky, and it is just fantastic. Works like the Rite of Spring and the Ebony Concerto shows that he has an amasing range (over the course of a lifetime, but still) IMO. Its personal preference obviously, but he has really written some of the most amasing classical music I've heard to date.

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    Thumbs up Rachel Podger

    Quote Originally Posted by adamslim View Post
    Rachel Podger's Bach violin sonatas and partitas are excellent. That's solo violin (i.e. nothing else at all) rather than the violin being the main instrument (that would be a concerto)
    It's interesting that you would mention her. I'm new to classical also. I've been listening to her Vivaldi recording "La Stravaganza" alot lately on my Transporter in 24/96. http://www.linnrecords.com/recording...ravaganza.aspx

    As well as Petteri Livonin http://www.linnrecords.com/recording...he-violin.aspx
    Both from Linn Records. What a treat!
    John

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