For anyone who has ever been curious about the Golden Era violins of Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and Gasparo da Salo, this DVD/CD set is a must! Ehnes has selected the repertoire for this recording to individually showcase 12 of the world's greatest violins and violas and offers insightful commentary on each instrument's characteristics and strengths. His playing is of course masterful and entertaining!
This is a tremendous value as the photography of each instrument in the Fulton collection is no where else available. Some of the greatest, such as the 'La Pucelle' Strad, have not been seen in public for many decades! Each instrument is filmed to give a 360 degree close up view. The piano accompaniment by Eduard Laurel is worth the price already. You also receive an audio CD with 33 tracks,and a booklet with a brief history of each violin maker and instrument and color photos of the 9 violins and 3 violas. A terrific gift idea for any violinist, violist and anyone interested in collectible violins.