|My son admiring the Batta-Piatigorsky" Violoncello|
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
"I played the "Batta" for a long time before appearing in concert with it.
In solitude, as is befitting honeymooners, we avoided interfering company
until then." - Gregor Piatigorsky
Seductive. Curve: generous.
Bearing: regal if not a bit mysterious.
Passionatley longs for fevered fingers,
desires to "slip on" a song writer's prose,
surround her lover with mellow notes.
Unable to court, unable to woo,
the poet circles the encased sleeping beauty;
tilt of his chin, palm of his hand
an invitation she's unable to accept.
by Margaret Bednar, September 1, 2016
This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Artistic Intpretreations - The Met's Musical Instruments Exhibit.
Just as Stradivari's career began about 1665, there was a major advance in string making: the development of gut strings overseen with fine metal wire. With the availability of these new strings, Stradivari was able to reduce the size of the cello, thereby improving its acoustical qualities and making it easier to play. Of the approximately sixty Stradivari cellos that are extent, about twenty are of this smaller size. The "Batta-Piatigorsky" is considered one of the best examples of this smaller, improved model.
I don't believe any of the videos are of the "Batta", but certainly the genius of the man, Gregor Piatigorsky, shines through.
You Tube Gregor Piatigorsky plays Bach Bourses: https://youtu.be/z4__cFiaFJY
You Tube Gregor Piatigorsky plays Tchaikovsky Waltz: https://youtu.be/4txRGrOrUyU
You Tube Gregor Piatigorsky plays Chopin Sonata: https://youtu.be/OqipjgPDYxk