Ivry Gitlis is the violin’s crazy old man. Here he is as a crazy young man, gremlin face and all, tossing off Camille Saint-Seans’ Rondo Capriccioso with casual brilliance and a mighty sense of fun.
What I love most about Gitlis’ playing, beyond his technical mastery, is the range of his tone colors. He can be hoarse, floaty, or rich. He has a wealth of vibrato techniques (speeds at which he vibrates his finger on the string), from non vibrato to a tornado-like spin.
I’d like to be crazy like this.