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Violin Intergalactic

Alina 2006

I heard Russian born violinist Alina Ibragimova, age 27, last Saturday at the Seattle Symphony, playing the Beethoven violin concerto, followed by four standing ovations and an encore of Bach’s Andante from the Sonata #2 in A Minor for solo violin.

I was already familiar with Ms. Ibragimova’s playing from her sublime recording of the complete Bach sonatas and partitas. I loved the elegance, restrained passion and unique warmth of her interpretations and had already placed her in my “Intergalactic” category of Bach interpreters.

But I was unprepared for the intensity and palpable sensuousness of her live musical presence.

Violin Dreams


In the past week, I have been re-reading violinist Arnold Steinhardt's immensely entertaining and passionate musical memoir, Violin Dreams.

You don't have to be a violinist to appreciate his story.

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