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Sometimes I'll get private e-mails from some of the inmates here - even some who haven't posted for a long time. I received one this morning from an inmate in just that situation, and, reading between the lines of his note, I could tell that perhaps one of the reasons he hasn't posted here for a long time is that he may be intimidated by the prudes who come out of the woodwork every time a babe musician observation is posted. Sad! ;-)
Anyway, he wanted to alert me to the wonderful playing of Alexandra Soumm, a half-Russian, half-French violinist who had recently performed the Sibelius Concerto with his local orchestra. Alexandra was first mentioned on this board (in glowing terms, I might add) in 2002, when she was only 13. (And I'll remind everyone that that was a couple of years BEFORE I first joined here - so it seems that the tradition of posting about babe musicians was well underway before I did any posting here! LOL!)
I did some checking and could find only two CD's which she's released: a Bruch/Paganini Concerto combo, and the complete Grieg Sonatas. OTOH, there's a fair amount of uTube videos available (including one of the Konyus Concerto - an unjustly neglected work which Heifetz used to play), so I've linked to one below (the Grieg C-minor Sonata). She seems to have an aggressive view of the piece, which is certainly valid IMHO, and she pulls it off well. Worth a listen IMHO!
Heard her in Tchaikovsky VC 1 with LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl in 2015. I think she was fine, not very delicate nor precise. My 17 yr old felt she was just "ok."
I mean what's delicacy or precision when you have have such obvious gifts?
God forbid we should actually listen and find out for ourselves. ;-)
So that everyone knows it isn't serious?
And Chris makes his point.
"intimidated by the prudes"
You just can't help yourself, can you
I'm guessing not. ;-)
are on TIDAL and QOBUZ.
Listening now on QOBUZ, via Logitech Media Server on the house LAN to a Raspberry Pi/HiFiBerry combo that feeds the DAC/Headphone amp in my living room.
Not at all familiar with Grieg's violin sonatas, but I've lived a somewhat sheltered life.
If you are lucky in your search, you get more. I searched on Soumm. The first artist entry gives you the Grieg. The second artist entry (ALEXANDRA SOUMM & NICCOLÒ PAGANINI & DEUTSCHE STAATSPHILHARMONIE RHEINLAND-PFALZ - sorry, it out all caps on Tidal and I don't feel like retyping it) gives you an "appears on" entry of VARIOUS ARTISTS / CLAVES RECORDS, SWITZERLAND: 40 YEARS OF PASSION, THE FIVE MOST WANTED RECORDINGS, a five CD set with her Bruch and Paganini recordings on the fifth CD. Happy listening.
I've stopped listening to you. You're not worth it
listening to Chris, whining about him and not listening to the music he recomends. Sounds like a lose lose proposition. Maybe try the opposite?
There are plenty of people here and places I can get recommendations of music. I really don't need Chris and I won't whine with him any more
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