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June 24, 2005

Various virtuosos

Here's an interesting title for a CD: "Hendrix - McCartney - Ysaye." Yep, I had to read it twice, too. This was one of the first CDs that our Saint Paul Sunday guest recorded. He's a young Canadian violinist named Alexandre da Costa and he plays with pianist Margo Garrett this week on the program. You'll get to hear their rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" at the end of the show.

From start to finish, Alexandre seems wholly taken with virtuosic composer-musicians of all genres. And he handles even their most difficult musical passages deftly. Hearing him play, I found it almost spooky the way he could "get inside the music." Alexandre seemed to be composing the music as it came to him through his violin, it didn't matter if it was Ysaye, Sarasate or Hendrix.

Musicians face a unique challenge in that way, trying to communicate through the music of a diverse array of composers. Actors, I suppose, face a similar challenge, but whereas you can sometimes detect a fake accent, I didn't hear Alexandre or Margo playing "in the style of…" In the moment they completely inhabited the work of art.

Posted by Suzanne Schaffer at June 24, 2005 3:20 PM

 

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Is this CD for sale now?

June 24, 2005
Various virtuosos
Here's an interesting title for a CD: "Hendrix - McCartney - Ysaye." Yep, I had to read it twice, too. This was one of the first CDs that our Saint Paul Sunday guest recorded. He's a young Canadian violinist named Alexandre da Costa and he plays with pianist Margo Garrett this week on the program. You'll get to hear their rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" at the end of the show.


By Earl Hughes at June 27, 2005 4:08 PM

 

Hi Earl,

I'm glad it caught your attention! This CD is for sale so I'd check for it at your local music store. It's called "Hendrix-McCartney-Ysaye" and is on the XXI-21 Records label, CD # 1422. You can also read more about it on Alexandre's website.

Enjoy! I haven't heard the whole disc yet, but it looks really intriguing. Is there a song you're particularly interested in?

By Suzanne Schaffer at June 27, 2005 4:56 PM

 

Hmmm... having trouble with html. This is the website to check out: www.alexandredacosta.com.

Sorry about that Earl.

By Suzanne Schaffer at June 27, 2005 5:00 PM