Tuesday, February 9, 2010


It's a frosty winter night, it's been snowing all day, and only the hard-boiled cabin fever cases are venturing out. There's nothing like dipping into a little heady aural stimuli to distract one from the monotony. And I have just the ticket...Bazzini.

ParDON?, you say?

That's what I said. Well, not really. I encountered Signior Bazzini's legacy by stumbling upon a youtube clip, and at first thought there was something wrong with my computer sound card. Nope. Supernatural ability is just a prerequisite here.

If, like moi, you are not well-versed in 19th Century violin virtuosos, enjoy my "discovery", as performed in the link below by Itzhak Perlman. To call it remarkable seems to be an understatement. Let me know what you think.


And if, for some cyber-gremlin reason, you are not able to connect to the above link but are still interested just go to youtube.com and enter "Bazzini" in the search field. There are several filmed performances, but Perlman seems to have the most "liquid" fingers of the few clips I sampled...and he seems to be in the 'joy zone' as he performs. Enjoy...marvel...replay...well, that's what I did, anyway.

For any "inquiring minds" who want to know more, I've cut and pasted a brief excerpt from the wikipedia entry, below. Time to put the kettle on...

Antonio Joseph Bazzini (March 11, 1818 – February 10, 1897) was an Italian violinist, composer and teacher. As a composer his most enduring work is his chamber music which has earned him a central place in the Italian instrumental renaissance of the 19th century. However his success as a composer was outstretched by his reputation as one of the finest concert violinists of the nineteenth century.

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