Monday, June 22, 2009

the Horrible Staccato

Great violin virtuosos are supposed to have a great staccato but for some this technique is quite elusive. Even great violinists like Milstein or Kogan didn't have the greatest staccatos.

However I give you that acid test of staccato...the Hora Staccato.

First we have the composer himself. Dinicu was a wonderful violinist whose one ethnic background peppered his playing and his compositions. No one can really copy this performance and really do it HIS way:

Of course Heifetz heard this and wanted to have a go, so he made his own arrangement and did both up and down bow staccato just to prove that he was, IN FACT, THE man!

Many people prefer the Michael Rabin recording which has an incredible velocity, however one wonders if Rabin's stacatto is only one speed.

whatever your choice i suppose it is still one of those guilty pleasures

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Great Train Robbery

Two differing views of the Great Train Robbery, by some of the greats of British comedy