Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Joseph Joachim Died 100 Years Ago Today

Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Joseph Joachim, one of the greatest violinists of the 19th century.

Wikipedia article on Joachim
David Schoenbaum article in the NY Times
Biography on Naxos, with links to some recordings of his works
Another bio on a Tripod site, with the following description of his playing:

"Joachim’s tone, as evidenced from his recordings and descriptions by his contemporaries, was not at all large, but very pure and cool. The bow grip he used, with the fingertips close together and perpendicularly placed on the stick of the bow almost at their tips, though it did not allow a weighty tone, did give minute control over the dynamic nuances and subtle shadings of tone for which he was renowned."

Joachim playing the Brahms Hungarian Dance #1 with anonymous pianist:

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