Our Stefano Bertoncello finds a heavenly abode nirvana with Stradivari in Salvatore Accardo hands. Here goes my money again...
... well: I'm speechless:.. a violin is a violin is a violin, but... a Stradivari in Salvatore Accardo's hands is so vastly much more than a violin!
I today listened to a Rossini and Bottesini disc on Philips, recorded in 1972... members of I Musici chamber orchestra play double-bass, cello, violin with Bruno Canino on piano.
... the music flows effortlessly and you hear The Violin, the Father of all Violins and the sound beautifully enhance the music and viceversa.
Overtones, harmonics, a thick, strong voice, mature, complex yet so easy to the ears.
I own an old disc pressed by Decca "The Glory of Cremona" wire Ruggiero Ricci plays several sought after Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Guadagnini and Amati's violins... a masterpiece.
The sound is also top class, so romantic and smooth... yet, the above mentioned single track put to shame every previous solo violin recording I'm aware of: the Philips' recording is very Philips... detailed, airy, ambience is here but not exaggerated, something which must be digested after a long, recent diet of Decca and Lyritas'.
The Philips' aesthetic is wonderful if your system will be able to "understand" the difference between "detailed" and "cold" sound.
If you succeed, well... it's bliss!
On my part, I'll further investigate if other Saccardo/Canino's recordings from early '70s will be able to replicate the pure magic I experienced today.
On your part... well, go and find this very disc.
A tip: please listen first to "Un Mot a Paganini" on side 2.