Frank Almond, the Lipinski Strad and the “Devil’s Trill”
An anonymous Milwaukee benefactor has put one of the greatest Stradivarius violins, the “Lipinski,” into the hands of Frank Almond. Almond is concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and director of the Frankly Music chamber series, which opens Sept. 26-27 at the lovely hall of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the setting for this video.
The first known owner of this violin was Giuseppe Tartini, a fascinating man and one of the first great violin virtuosi. His enduring composition is the Devil’s Trill sonata. Frank will tell you all about it in the video and play a good part of it, with pianist Jeanne Yu.
This is the third TCD.tv installment directed by Joel Van Haren and with further camera work by Kelly Anderson. Be sure to check out Joel’s collaborations with Danceworks dancer Kelly Anderson and Youngblood Theatre actor Michael Cotey.