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February 21, 2021
Weekend Journal

How to Practice Octave Harmonics (with Video)

How do you play harmonics well - landing smoothly, with just the right amount of pressure, to create a beautiful ringing tone? Here are some simple and effective exercises from Virginia Commonwealth University Violin Professor Susanna Klein
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Weekend vote: Do you play more than one musical instrument?

Do you play several instruments? Or just one? If you play several, do you play them equally well? Do you play another instrument better than violin, or not as well as you play violin?
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Watch The Ulysses Quartet Perform Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven

Ahhh, beautiful quartet music, played by superb musicians... Here is a free live performance from Saturday from the Ulysses Quartet - it will remain up through Feb. 27. The program, part of Lara St. John's Atterbury House Sessions, includes Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.
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For the Record, Op. 145 

New recordings this week: 
  • Beethoven Triple with Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Alexander Melnikov
  • Three fiddling traditions join as one for The Nordic Fiddler's Bloc's "Bonfrost."
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Live Music During the Pandemic 

How do musicians and music lovers survive without live music during a pandemic? Longtime V. com member Pauline Lerner found joy in an online "live" performance by violinist Joshua Bell and writes about it here.
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