Mari Samuelsen

Great new music post by guest blogger Ruddy Adam.

By Numerous Requests: Three Wonderful Pieces Featuring Strings by the Nordic Violin Soloist, Mari Samuelsen

Due to the feedback from many of you regarding how much you enjoy the strings, we’re sending out three pieces by a masterful Nordic soloist: Mari Samuelsen. Another child prodigy, she utterly rips these three pieces up—perfectly and passionately.

Vivaldi’s (1678–1741) “Winter” and “Summer” rock, and the Mari brings them to us in a high state of perfection and passion.

Love the scale- and decibel-level- build in the intro to “Winter.” This is my favorite intro in all of classical music, and Mari strums it to pieces for us.

This piece is an excellent example of what classical pauses can do for a piece of music. There are three in this piece, and so, you get three pieces of music in one. You get a fiery first, then a much calmer second, and then greatness.

The masterful finish, which Mari plays perfectly and passionately (to repeat a phrase for emphasis), shows what a talent she is.

Vivaldi’s “Winter” from the “Four Seasons,” by Violin Soloist Mari Samuelsen (9:00)

This next one is a tribute to a type of music called passacaglia. Miss Buck considered the piece an excellent example of great musical innovation. I particularly like the finish, and I like the brother and sister duo playing it. They are in tight sync with each other and in a zone of deep concentration.

“The Passacaglia,” Composed by the Norwegian Johan Halvorsen (1864–1935), with an tribute to the German composer, George Frederick Handel (1685–1759), performed by the Nordic Brother & Sister Duet, Mari Samuelsen (violinist) and Hakon Samuelsen (cellist) (5:00)

Here we see one way to define greatness, what with Mari having to put up with coughing, movements, talking, and a squalling baby. She is, however, so deeply in the zone of performing her craft that she is not fazed. Many great performers have been this way, in various fields.

The greatest golfer ever, Jack Nicklaus, was detested by the golfing world back in the early to mid-`60s when he began. I’ve personally heard him called every name you can imagine, but he merely kept walking and winning.

Years later after he was a hero to the golfing world, he was asked numerous times how much the taunts bothered him. To many people’s disbelief, he answered the same way each time: “I never heard them.” Nicklaus was in such a deep state of concentration that he was oblivious to all else around him, as have been others in acting, Anthony Hopkins on the stage, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Johnny Unitas on the football field.

Don’t think this one is not a passionate piece as it begins. Watch when Mari’s solo starts about 4-minutes in. It’s summertime, and you are with your first sweetheart, hopping and skipping and playing on a blessed day by the river, in your youth. That is the setting that “Summer” intends on bringing out, and does.

Bet you didn’t remember you could run this fast, now did you?

Again, the finish is startling. Think of late August when the family get-togethers and fun of your youth come to a boil. And then, summer is over.


Vivaldi’s “Summer” from the “Four Seasons,” by Violin Soloist, Mari Samuelsen (10:00)

Bonus Piece

You folks wanted strings. Well, here you get a little over 2-minutes of potently impassioned rapid-strumming, in which Mari breaks a string, grins, and continues on as if all is well. She does, however, give the orchestra the evil eye when one of them gets behind. Heavens! Who could keep this up?

If you will notice the second time she gives them the evil eye, after she has the big finish at about 1:55, the strings to her right were late. Ouch! What a look! Great masters tend to be perfectionists and often have a difficult time suffering those who cannot do their part.

Vivaldi’s “Presto,” from “Summer” of the “Four Seasons” (2:20)

Ruddy Adam & Co.

Note: The Orchestra is called the Trondheim Soloists

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