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Digital Subscriptions > The Strad > July 2019 > SAINT-SAËNS INTRODUCTION AND RONDO CAPRICCIOSO


Spanish dance andtheifetz are two of Rodney Friend’s biggest inluences in this popular showpiece

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From Saint-Saëns Introducion and Rondo Capriccioso op.28 for violin and orchestra. Urtext ediion, paperbound with marked and unmarked string parts. Ed. Peter Jost; Johannes Umbreit (pf reducion); ingering and bowing vn Augusin Hadelich. Order no.HN 1238, ISMN 979-0-2018- 1238-0, €16. Printed with permission of G.thenle Verlag, Munich © 2019

I have loved this piece since I was 11 or 12 years old; years later, I actually performed it with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. As a child I played my record oftheifetz, Barbirolli and the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing it ( so often that I wore the disc out. I’d nevertheard anything like it before and it lived with me: it had such wonderful melodies, andtheifetz’s sound had such great perfume, sparkle and dance.the played it fantastically fast, with amazing rhythm and space.there is something in the architecture of the way Isaac Stern plays it that is also magical (, buttheifetz set a standard that hadn’t been reached before and hasn’t been since.the almost ruined it for everybody else, becausethe was so good!

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Antoine Tamestit discusses his new recordings and we examine his viola, the 1672 ‘Gustav Mahler’ Stradivari. There’s a look at string teaching in Uganda and we have interviews with Sol Gabetta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gary Hoffman, Natalie Clein – and many more!