No. 123, November 2004


Greek Fire
Folk traditions fuel third-generation violinist Leonidas Kavakos' passion for Classical music By Ben Finane

Young Players Focus

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!
The Indiana Violin Virtuosi program puts young players on the musical fast track By David Templeton

Fiddle Kids
Saline Fiddlers set the pace for alternative-styles public school programs By James Reel

Beautiful By Eric Gorfain

Back to the Future By Natalie Haas

Straight from the Hip
The Henry Mancini Institute is a haven for the thinking musician By Laurence Vittes

The Making of a Masterwork
Sixty years ago, the music world witnessed the genesis of the Béla Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin. How the story behind its early history is revealed By Dr. Phillip Coonce

News & Notes
Class Notes Midori starts her position as Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Violinist Jasper Wood and Eugenia Choi join the string division at the Univ. of British Columbia School of Music

History in the Making A Texas-based non profit joins over two dozen luthiers to create a collection of 33 historical violins. The instruments will be placed on an eight-year tour before being loaned out to young players

On the Move Carnegie Hall selects Clive Gillinson as managing director. He replaces Robert J. Harth. Sixteen-year-old violinist Nicloa Beneditti has become the first Scottish player to win the title BBC Young Musician of the Year in the competition's 25-year history

Passings Richard D. Colburn, amateur violinist and philanthropist, died June 3 in Los Angeles. Cellist Boris Pergamenschikow lost his battle with cancer on April 30. Edmund Kurtz, also a cellist, passed on August 19

Wall of Sound Producer Jack Wall composes the music to the new Myst IV: Revelation video-game By Greg Cahill

Du Pré's Gift Conductor Daniel Barenboim gives a cello owned by his late wife, Jacqueline du Pré to Kyril Zlotnikov By Greg Cahill

News Spotlight
Offshore Scoring US producers discover session players are talented, available—and cheap—overseas. European orchestras offer cheaper prices for recording video game and movie soundtracks when compared to orchestras in the US By Robert L. Doerschuk

Strings 101
Freedom Song Mastering the fine art of cello accompaniment in alternative styles. Charting cello accompaniment in alternative music styles. Tips on how to pick up pointers, master the art of accompaniment rhythm, and learning the rockabilly bass line. With music to play By James Reel

Play It!
A Woman of Substance Rediscovering Poldowski's early 20th-century violin-piano music Introduction to the enigmatic figure known as "Poldowski" (Irena Regina Wieniawski) and her 20th-century music By Tyrone Greive

Master Class
Papa Joe and Pal Wolfie The unlikely friendship of two musical geniuses proves that opposites do attract. Mozart and Haydn's influence on one another, as well as the rest of the Classical world. And how the two revolutionized the format of the string quartet By Robert Greenberg

Letter From
Southern Lights Cape Town jazz festival spotlights South African bassists. Throughout Africa's painful history, music has always played a central role. Jazz, in part due to its improvisational, free nature, has proven to be a particularly potent force for change By Dan Ouellette

In Print
But Is It Béla's? Questions abound about how actually wrote Bartók's viola concerto Bartók's Viola Concerto, The Remarkable Story of His Swansong by Donald Maurice. Oxford University Press By Tom Heimberg

The Violin World By Norman C. Pickering. (International Violin Company) By James Cave

Four Bagatelles for Cello and Piano By Walter Skolnik. (Tenuto Publications/Theodore Presser) By Sarah Freiberg

Briefly Noted Oxford University Press releases Aaron Minsky's Judaic Concert Suite for Solo Cello; Meira Warshauer's Shabbat with King David for String Orchestra; Aecha (Lamentations) for violin, cello, and piano. Releases from Theodore Presser, and more

On Record
Magnificent Manze The superstar of Baroque violin shines on new Biber and Vivaldi discs. Andrew Manze shows off his chops in Biber: The Rosary Sonatas, with Richard Egarr, organ and harpsichord (Harmonia Mundi); and Vivaldi: Concertos for the Emperor, with Manze conducting as well (Harmonia Mundi) By James Reel

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1. Sibelius: Humoresques, Op. 89; Violin Concerto  Ilya Gringolts, violin; Neeme Järvi conducting the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon) By James Reel

Tavener: Ikon of Eros; Beethoven: The Complete Pianoforte and Violin Sonatas . . . Tavener: Minnesota Orchestra, Paul Goodwin, conductor; Minnesota Chorale, Jorja Fleezanis, violin (Reference Recordings). Beethoven: Jorja Fleezanis; Cyril Huvé, forte piano (Cypres) By Edith Eisler

Daniel S. Godfrey, String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3; Romanza (adapted from String Quartet No. 1) Cassatt Quartet: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Michiko Oshima, viola; Kelly Mikkelsen, cello; Tawnya Popoff, viola; Carlolin Stinson, cello, on some tracks (Koch Entertainment) By Greg Cahill

Hidden Sky Jami Sieber, electric cello and vocals; the Thai Elephant Orchestra, angklung, renat, gong, drum, drum/cymbal, vocalizations; Eyvind Kang, viola (Out Front Music) By Derk Richardson

Brahms: Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Nos. 1 & 2; Bruch: Kol Nidrei Jacqueline du Pré, cello; Isreale Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, piano and conductor (EMI) By Edith Eisler

Shostakovich: Violin Sonata; 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano Grigory Kalinovsky, violin; Tatiana Goncharova, piano. (Centaur) By James Reel

Gitane Cajun  BeauSoleil: Michael Doucet, filddle; David Doucet, guitar; Jimmy Breaux, accordion; Tommy Alesi, drums; and Bily Ware, percussion (Vanguard) By Greg Cahill

Violin Concertos by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Dvorák Philippe Graffin, violin; Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Hankinson, conductor (Avie) By Edith Eisler

Josef Suk: Piano Quintet Op. 8, Piano Quartet Op. 1, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano Op. 17 The Nash Ensemble with artistic director Amelia Freeman (Hyperion) By Edith Eisler

On Stage
Speed Demons Mostly Mozart Festival participants set a brisk pace. High speeds, prominent winds, and whispery tones dominate the performance season By Edith Eisler

Auction Highlights
Cure for Summertime Blues Doldrums dampen auction sales, but quality instruments sell well. Despite lower prices and smaller sales, several instruments reach bids over $50,000 By Heather K. Scott

New Products
Hightech Cool Bam releases a lightweight, heavy-duty violin case. Bam's new Hightech violin case, Luis and Clark carbon-fiber viola, Warchal strings, Heifetz-inspired jewelry By Heather K. Scott

Flying Solo Former airman Percy Heath goes it alone. Multifaceted bass player and composer Percy Heath celebrates the release of his first recording under his own name (A Love Song, on Dady Jazz) By R.J. DeLuke

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