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I've been looking around for a student violin and watching the FM demo video for the Fiddlerman Concert violin, I got hooked on the piece played by our Fiddlerman. I was going to post the video with a request for the name of the piece, when on a hunch I looked at the comments to the demo video for a clue and found FM had posted the name of the piece. Another quick search of YouTube for "Sibelius Violin Concerto" and I found this at the top of the list.
I was thinking it might be fun to try playing it. ... Uh, maybe later.
So you like the Sibelius Violin Concerto, well give yourself a treat and listen to the recording by Jascha Heifetz.
Heifetz owned this concerto his whole life. Nobody played it as well then or now, so go listen.
I guarantee you will be moved to a different world, and realise how pale the modern performances are.
Here's one of Heifetz's performances from YouTube:
He really is all over it, no question about it. I actually prefer the modern performances. I think Heifetz uses too much vibrato and I think he rushes it a little. But I don't think the two others above match him at all in terms of technical brilliance.
Good observations Pierre and Popfiddler. I find it very interesting to hear what others hear from different performances. My ears are just learning to hear these kinds of issues. I am now listening to Sibelius and trying to find my favorite performance. I am doing it all by ear first, eyes closed. Then I will go back and watch for fun.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato