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In this unconventional film about music, the star of the show isn’t any one performer but rather a violin, whose uncanny origins and three-hundred-year life story traverses multiple performers. Some of these fictional performers, however, have their roots in reality, and a real-life violin superstar also had a hand in the picture, both recording the sound for the violin solos and occasionally acting as a “hand double” for the on-screen performers

Music Heard On This Episode

Nicolo Paganini: Caprices for Solo Violin: 1, 16, 24
Itzhak Perlman, violin — 24 Caprices (EMI Classics France, 2008)
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Nicolo Paganini: Caprices for Solo Violin: 1, 16, 24
Itzhak Perlman, violin — 24 Caprices (EMI Classics France, 2008)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Keyboard Concerto in G Minor: Mvts 2 & 3
Alexandre Tharaud, piano — Concertos Italiens: Alexandre Tharaud Joue Bach (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 2005)
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Rossini, Giacomo: Barber of Seville: Una voce poco fa
Maria Callas, s/Philharmonia Orchestra/Tullio Serafin, cond — Rossini: The Barber Of Seville with Maria Callas (EMI Classics, 1997)
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Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 2: Mvt. 5
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Charles Ives: Symphony No. 2 (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Gershwin, George: Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin — The Composer Plays (Nimbus Records, 1997)
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Francesco Landini: DIE AT LAST, MISERABLE SUFFERER
Anonymous 4 — The Second Circle: Love Songs of Francesco Landini (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 2001)
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Carmichael, Hoagy: Stardust
Art Tatum, piano — Stardust Melody (Sbme Special Mkts., 2009)
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Monteverdi, Claudio: Orfeo: Act III Excerpts
Nigel Rodgers, David Thomas, soloists/London Baroque/Charles Medlam, dir. — L'Orfeo (EMI Classics, 1994)
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Monk, Meredith: Volcano Songs: Old Lava, Cry #2
Meredith Monk — Volcano Songs (Ecm Records, 2000)
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Johann Adolph Hasse: Artaserse: For the sake of this sweet embrace
Vivica Genaux, ms/Academy for Early Music, Berlin/René Jacobs, cond. — Vivica Genaux - Arias for Farinelli (Harmonia Mundi (France), 2003)
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Corigliano, John: The Red Violin Theme; Vienna
Joshua Bell, vln/Philharmonia Orch/Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond. — The Red Violin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Sony, 1999)
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Alkan, Charles-Valentine: Grand Sonata: Mvt 1, 20 years old
Alan Weiss, piano — Alkan: Grand Sonata; Symphonie (Brilliant Classics, 2008)
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Jimi Hendrix: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Axis: Bold As Love (Experience Hendrix, 1997)
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