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How to tell a good string player? Ask a swan…

Arnold Steinhardt, retired first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet used to think the Saint-Saens cello solo was childish and naive. Then he tried it as a test for violinists. That sorted out the cygnets. Read on…. here.

(Actually, Arnold has published this piece once before, but who cares?)

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  1. I have still never heard a better performance of the Swan than Clara Rockmore on the Theremin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzTPGlNa5U&feature=related

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