A Violin’s Life Volume 2: Music for the ‘Lipinski’ Strad
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Cat No: AV2363
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 27th May 2016
WorksViolin Sonata no.9 in A major, op.47 'Kreutzer'
Violin Sonata in B minor
Sonata for solo violin
ArtistsFrank Almond (violin)
William Wolfram (piano)
1715: the famed Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari constructs what will become one of his most legendary violins. Among its first owners is Giuseppe Tartini, he of the ‘Devil's Trill’ Sonata.
c1817: the violin is bequeathed to Polish virtuoso violinist Karol Lipiński who inspired many works for the instrument.
2008: after passing through many countries and collections the ‘Lipiński’ Strad arrives in the hands of Frank Almond, through an anonymous donor.
2013: Frank Almond releases ‘A Violin's Life’ (AV2279), an album that traces the provenance of the ‘Lipinski’ Strad, with music by Schumann, Tartini, Julius Röntgen, and Lipiński himself.
January 2014: Following a concert, walking towards his car, Frank Almond is tasered by an assailant and the ‘Lipiński’ Strad is stolen. An FBI pursuit results in the recovery of the ‘Lipiński’ Strad a few weeks later. International media coverage goes viral, including international TV coverage, a feature in Vanity Fair, NPR, BBC, and much more.
May 2016: Frank Almond releases A Violin’s Life, Volume 2, featuring more music associated with the ‘Lipiński’ Strad, including works by Beethoven, Amanda Maier-Röntgen and Eduard Tubin, poised to create another classic release.
The ‘Lipiński’ Strad lives on.
“Almond plays as if his fiddle’s life was on the line - in his hands, the ‘Lipinski’ flourishes and shines in notes spun out with casual virtuosity and graceful poetry.” - The Irish Times
“The glorious ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin...which passed through the hands and lives of a number of composers beginning with Giuseppe Tartini, and whose fascinating journey is chronicled on a gorgeous recent CD, “A Violin’s Life,” with performances by Frank Almond.” - Strings magazine
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