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A Violin's Life - Tartini: DevilÆs Trill; Schumann: Sonata in D minor; Julias Röntgen; Karol Lipinski / Frank Almond: violin; William Wolfram: piano

Audio Samples

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Röntgen, Julius : Sonata for violin & piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
>Lipinski, Karol Jozef : Caprice for violin no 3 in D major, Op. 29
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121

Album Summary

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
>Röntgen, Julius : Sonata for violin & piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
>Lipinski, Karol Jozef : Caprice for violin no 3 in D major, Op. 29
>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
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Notes & Reviews:

A Violin' s Life traces the provenance and history of the "Lipinski" Strad, one of the most notable of the coveted string maker' s instruments, which are worth millions today. Crafted in 1715, the violin is named for Polish virtuoso Karol Lipinski, who played this instrument from c. 1818 until his death in 1861. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has played on the "Lipinski" Strad since 2008. Envisioning a project that chronicled the extraordinary history of this violin and its associations, he has made a recording that includes Tartini's most famous work, the "Devil' s Trill" Sonata, as well as a virtuoso solo piece by Karol Lipinski, one of Julius Rontgen' s unjustly neglected violin sonatas, and the stupendous Sonata in D minor of Robert Schumann, certainly performed during their lifetimes with Schumann at the piano and Lipinski playing this very instrument. William Wolfram is Frank' s estimable accompanist.

The Strad
Intoxicating brilliance and immense panache.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
The gimmick behind this program is that each of these pieces was composed by someone who had some connection to the violin that Frank Almond plays here. The violin in question is the "Lipinski" Stradivarius of 1715, and Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770) was one of the earliest owners of this instrument. Tartini gave the violin to his student Salvini. Lipinski and Rontgen and the beautifully recorded sound of Almond's instrument.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
This particularly fine example of Stradivari's work is given generous centre stage by Almond's longtime duo partner William Wolfram.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI USA (08/16/2012-08/18/2012).



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>Tartini, Giuseppe : Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G minor, Op. 1 no 4 "Devil's Trill"
  • Performers: William Wolfram (Piano); Frank Almond (Violin)
  • Notes: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI USA (08/16/2012-08/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1740

>Julius Röntgen (1855 - 1932) : Sonata for violin & piano in F sharp minor, Op. 20
  • Performers: William Wolfram (Piano); Frank Almond (Violin)
  • Notes: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI USA (08/16/2012-08/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879-1883

>Karol Józef Lipinski (1790 - 1861) : Caprice for violin no 3 in D major, Op. 29
  • Performers: William Wolfram (Piano); Frank Almond (Violin)
  • Notes: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI USA (08/16/2012-08/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schumann, Robert : Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in D minor, Op. 121
  • Performers: William Wolfram (Piano); Frank Almond (Violin)
  • Notes: Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, Milwaukee, WI USA (08/16/2012-08/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1851