You have a genuine Joseph Rocca?
I'm really envious! I see it's well-cased too
Is it just a nice treat or are you planning on going professional?
The Oliv may be nice, but they aren't practical. I travel a little and changes in humidity/temperature make things difficult. What is the lifespan of the Oliv?
Lots of soloists use the Evahs because of their responsiveness. They can take quite a bit of hammering (chords and pizzicato) and still remain in tune. Their projection is also superb and whilst not capable of as wide a tonal range as the Obligatos or perhaps your Olivs, they are not completely lifeless. I'm using a set at the moment (+ oliv e) because I've decided to use up all my existing strings first before purchasing more...
Vengerov is a little cheesy, but his playing is immense. I've watched a few documentaries about him (courtesy of youtube) and I've come to the conclusion that he is not all show and no substance. He makes every note count and really puts a lot of effort into the interpretation (whether you like it or not
). I like his playing a lot.
The debate regarding Heifetz's playing will go on forever. I personally find his playing slightly cold. It's almost as if he doesn't really care about how the note sounds. Some notes he just blasts out. It's quite insensitive IMO. There's no question about his technique though
Those youtube videos are very nice. I can see where you're coming from, but to compare the Vengerov carmen to Kogan's is a bit unfair. I doubt vengerov would've played in the same manner if it was his solo. I don't like them speeding up the tape to make Kogan seem superhuman either even though he could probably play at that speed. Anyway, even if Vengerov were to play in his clownish-show-off manner, I wouldn't necessary object. We all know he's capable of huge musical depth which really shows in his concertos. In this case though, I would also prefer Kogan's version, but for goodness sake slow the tape back down... He also plays the Nel Cor Piu Non Mio Sento brilliantly.