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The Victor Orchestra crowds around an enormous horn for an early acoustical recording session.
courtesy of Recorded Sound Section, MBRS Division, Library of Congress
May 11, 2011 There's a treasure trove of great recordings newly available to the public for free via the Library of Congress, from classical to novelty acts. We look at what's there --and what's missing.
Nikolaj Znaider plays a 1741 Guarneri once owned by the famed Fritz Kriesler.
January 28, 2010 Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider plays one of the most famous fiddles around: a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu that once belonged to the beloved violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler. Hear Znaider play works by Kreisler in the WGBH studios.
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November 26, 2007 It sounds almost like a violin, but not quite. The erhu is a traditional Chinese two-string instrument, played with a bow. Virtuoso soloist Ma Xiaohui demonstrates how to finesse music out of it.
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November 7, 2007 At 96, violinist Roman Totenberg has watched music trends come and go — from modernism to minimalism. Today, he continues to teach eager young students at Boston University. And his daughter Nina says she still has a lot to learn from her amazing father.
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February 2, 2007 Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler were both born on Feb. 2 — Kreisler in 1875 and Heifetz in 1901. But the men share more than just a birthday. Music commentator Miles Hoffman discusses the two fiddlers and how they each set new standards for the art of playing the violin.
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