A Violin’s Life
Tartini: Violin Sonata in G minor, Devil’s Trill (13:34)
Frank Almond, violin; William Wolfram, piano
‘A Violin’s Life’ traces the history of the ‘Lipinski’ Stradivari. Crafted in 1715, the violin is named for Polish virtuoso Karol Lipinski, who played the instrument from c. 1818 until his death in 1861. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has played on the ‘Lipinski’ since 2008. Envisioning a project that chronicled the extraordinary history of this violin and its associations, he has made a recording that includes Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata, a piece by Lipinski, one of Julius Röntgen’s sonatas, and the Sonata in D minor of Robert Schumann, certainly performed during their lifetimes with Schumann at the piano and Lipinski playing this very instrument.