Thursday, 27 October 2011
The Guardian has asked a number of eminent violinists to choose their number one fiddler. Interestingly, there are two mentions apiece for Ida Haendel, Pinchas Zukerman and Gidon Kremer, but no Oistrakh, Heifetz, Milstein, Szigeti, etc, etc. I would have chosen Oistrakh myself, and Julia Fischer from the crop of current violinists. Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments section.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
We've had the Elgar and the Brahms; now Lisa Batiashvili brings Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto to the Proms. Listen from 7.30pm. Can she match the increadible heights of Julia Fischer's performance of the same work last year? While we wait for the answer, watch the man the work was written for: David Oistrakh.