At the BPO, romance pours from a priceless violin

This weekend’s Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is a trip back in time to the 19th century – in a glorious, glamorous way.

Music Director JoAnn Falletta is conducting Brahms’ expansive First Symphony. The Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman is playing the heart-rending Violin Concerto No. 1 of the German Romantic composer Max Bruch.

To complete the sepia-toned picture, Gluzman is playing a Stradivarius that dates to 1690 and was once owned by Hungarian virtuoso Leopold Auer (1845-1930).

We have an awareness of priceless violins here in Buffalo. The three owned by Clement and Karen Arrison turn up from time to time at Kleinhans Music Hall in the hands of various young artists. That could explain why, even in the cold light of day at Friday’s Coffee Concert, I was swept away by the romance of it all. To think where this violin had been! Read more.