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    Question Schindler's list

    Perlman's playing on this piece was breathtaking. However, recently, Nicola Benedetti did the same piece and can be compared to Perlman in a lot of aspects. Have anyone heard both and can you tell the difference?

    I have both versions and it is very difficult to tell the difference. Now I have listened to both so many times that I can identify which is which. I think Benedetti played it on a Stradivaris and Perlman played it on a Guarneri. The Guarneri reveal a slightly darker tone than the Strad. Also, it seems that Benedetti displayed a feminine side of the music.

    Some review commented on the sitting position of Perlman playing makes a difference between the two. I do not play violin, does it make a difference?

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    I'm in a library right now so I can't listen to the Nicola Benedetti rendition, unfortunately. I do have the soundtrack with Itzhak Perlman, and was in fact just listening to it this morning. Perlman's sound is incredibly rich and poignant; personally, I can't imagine the score being played better. That's not to say, however, that no one else can play it well; in fact, I'm currently trying to persuade my violinist brother to take up the SCHINDLER'S LIST theme and/or the "Jewish Town" piece (track #2 on the soundtrack CD).

    If you're interested, pcnog11, I just wrote a piece on the Talkclassical blog about the "I could have got more" scene from the movie; in this essay I talk a little about the music.
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    Hi Bellinilover,

    I like you analysis on the blog. I think Perlman was the golden standard and was the best to be select to play the theme. However, now Benedetti is challenging the standard. Benedetti was only 6 years old when Perlman recorded it. I am wondering if the violin makes a difference to the music. I have given my audiophile friends a challenge to tell the difference, many of them cannot. Please let me know what do you think of Benedetti's rendition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    Hi Bellinilover,

    I like you analysis on the blog. I think Perlman was the golden standard and was the best to be select to play the theme. However, now Benedetti is challenging the standard. Benedetti was only 6 years old when Perlman recorded it. I am wondering if the violin makes a difference to the music. I have given my audiophile friends a challenge to tell the difference, many of them cannot. Please let me know what do you think of Benedetti's rendition.

    pcnog11
    First, thanks very much for reading my blog post!

    Second, I just now listened to the Nicola Benedetti performance...Stunning! She is definitely the "new Perlman" with regard to the Schindler's List theme.

    I have a question for you: do you know whether it is a violin or a viola that plays the solo part in "I Could Have Done More" from the Schindler's List soundtrack?:


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    I think it is the violin if this is played by Perlman. Perlman is very versatile in his performance and style and he could make the violin sound like a viola.

    I am glad that you like Benedetti. Can you tell the difference between her violin and Perlman's violin?
    "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    I think it is the violin if this is played by Perlman. Perlman is very versatile in his performance and style and he could make the violin sound like a viola.

    I am glad that you like Benedetti. Can you tell the difference between her violin and Perlman's violin?
    I probably wouldn't have been able to if I hadn't known beforehand that it wasn't Perlman playing; however, I did think Benedetti's tone sounded more "nuanced," if that makes any sense.

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    You have a set of good ear. I would describe her way of playing has a set of different emotions than Perlman. Both are great interpretations. In fact, Perlman's root is Jewish and could give him a slight edge over Benedetti to the tone colors and the phrasing of the passages. Well, I am trying to split hair here, but that is the whole point of enjoying music, isn't it?
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