Monday, May 12, 2014

Vov Dylan with Glenn Amer on piano - Incidental

currently working on


Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer performing the late 19th century 'incidental' music for Violin and Piano.

The lead up to and first few hours of the job are sheer panic.

Starting a new project is always exciting, however the responsibility for creating
‘the stage’ on a small CD via photography for such amazing musicians makes me nervous, so much so that procrastination ensues.
The lead up to and first few hours of this undertaking are sheer panic as images are recalled. Hopefully after some discussion with the main man I’m able to quiet my nervous tension so the process can begin.

Typically there is a photograph from the shoot that stands out and it is this, which usually directs the CD and from there it starts to evolve. It is this latter process to which I derive the most enjoyment.

As always it is a privilege to witness these artists whilst they record.
I can only hope that my cover does their work justice.

My congratulations to Vov, Glenn and Evan, a most beautiful collaborative work.

To Vov, thank you again for giving me the honour of creating the cover.


Photography & CD Cover design
Patricia Vannucci
St Ives shoot
23 September 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Joshua Bell - on the Vieuxtemps Guarneri

Source: Progressive Art Laboratory Length: 4min 42sec
 Monday 5 July 2010

Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell discusses what it feels like to play a 
Guarneri del Gesù violin once owned by composer Henri Vieuxtemps


One of the last violins to be created by the master, Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri,  Vieuxtemps Guarneri, made in 1741 three years before his death.

it has been played in concert halls around the world by some of the greatest virtuosi of its 269-year existence. It is named after Henri Vieuxtemps, a 19th-century musician who composed solo pieces for violin which he performed using the instrument.
More recently, it has passed through the hands of Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman.
Excerpt above taken from The Guardian, Tuesday 6 July 2010.
© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.


It's interesting to hear him speak on how he feels previous owners leave their imprint on the instrument.

"I think there may be a physical element to having a great violinist like Vieuxtemps playing on an instrument like that, I think they leave their imprint on the instrument.. maybe scientists will figure out exactly how that works.. When someone plays on it in a particular way, plays it in tune and really milks the violin for what it's worth for many many years, i think it really makes the violin in some way what it is. 
I don't think it's a coincidence that the violin sounds as great as it does…" Joshua Bell

Finding it fascinating, I could not resist sharing this short video here.