Magazine March 21, 2011, Issue

First Violins

Lisa Batiashvili, “a nobility of soul” (Chris Lee)

We are not in a great age for pianists, although there are great ones — Yefim Bronfman, Zoltán Kocsis, a couple of others. We are not in a great age for conductors, either, although there are exceptions to this rule: James Levine, prominently. Composers? Let’s not “go there,” as people now say. In singers, however, we are lucky. They’re coming out of our ears. In violinists, we are lucky, too. I propose to discuss some of them, through their recent recordings.

Janine Jansen is a Dutchwoman in her early thirties. For the Decca label, she has made an album called Beau

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Books, Arts & Manners


The Fischer King

A review of Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — From America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, by Frank Brady.



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