Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Is it the Violin or the Violinist?

How is it that some violinists have such a sweet tone while others have such a hard tone? Is the tonality built into the violin or is it in the bow or is it all in technique? Whichever, violinist Alexander Prushinskiy certainly plays a sweet violin in the Astor Trio's version of Oblivion. Oblivion is the third most played tune composed by Piazzolla and it sometimes drifts into emotional trivia but in the firm hands of the Astor Trio, it stays on the romantic rails. The other two musicians, Tobias Kassung on guitar and Dragan Trajkovski on double bass, are exceptional but it is Prushinskiy's sound, reminding me so much of the sound that Fernando Suárez Paz brought to Piazzolla's quintet, that makes this performance special.

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