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The rape of the viola?
on 8 August 2004
I listened to this recording and also had the misfortune to hear Mr Vengerov attempt to play the viola live in Manchester. I cannot believe that he feels he can simply press the bow harder to get the desired sound. In the Manchester concert his sound did not carry at all, and all that was audible was scratchy and lacked any kind of commitment. In his recording he uses the archinto strad, luckily it was only in his hands for the recording, this viola is notoriously difficult to play, if listeners would like to hear the archinto at its best please listen to any of the Lindsay string quartet recordings with Roger Bigley, now there is a viola player!
Please Mr Vengerov stick to the violin, dont play the viola for some cheap trick!