Masterclass: Glenn Dicterow on the Sheherazade violin solos

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The former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic reveals the freedom and agility needed to seduce the listener in this most sensuous of all orchestral violin solos. From June 2008

I adore Sheherazade because it possesses some of the most beautiful violin solos ever written for the concertmaster – the melodies are simply gorgeous. At least 80 per cent of the solos are meant to be played freely, which is a rare luxury in the orchestral repertoire. This freedom allows you to shape and phrase the melody with very little or no direction from the conductor…

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