This a great example of great phrasing, and that TONE! I like it at this speed. Those who want to “show off” at 1.5X the printed speed can’t come up with the marvelous depth of this interpretation, which needs this tempo and much more. Zukerman gives it all here in this truly beautiful rendition of such a popular concerto.
Back in the days when I was younger, a budding violinist, touring across Mexico playing concerts and recitals, here is a picture that my parents have in what used to be my home. I had forgotten about it. This time in my trip to visit my family, I “snatched” it and… here it is:
My mother used to put this picture on an easel at the front of the venue where I was performing, when concert attendees were walking into the concert hall. Not much of a smiling picture, but I certainly was happy playing my violin!
Now, I am trying to give my students the best experience so that they, too can enjoy playing the violin and succeed. No, I’m not saying that I want ALL my students to be professional musicians. Whether they decide to be musicians, my goal for them is that they can rip the benefits and enjoyment of playing music, as well as a great work ethic and perseverance toward a task that many consider difficult. Every child can play!, as Shinichi Suzuki said.
Until next time!