Disclosure, I am one of the classically-trained violnists of my generation....I would like to see more DVDs of performances by such brilliant prodigies as Fräulein Julia Fischer. She said in an interview that she began at age 9 the violin, was already playing piano, and she wanted to broaden the family skills--her sister is a pianist.
You can see her performing online. Her technique is clear and amazing; it is perfect. Her interpretations are her own, and with every year, they get better as she experiences life. He video-recording as solo violinist on Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" is something that is mandatory for every violin student! This is something to aspire for.
She is a very independent and highly skilled artist. I believe she was playing a loaned Stradivarious violin on the recording of the Four Seasons with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. She has played a succession of instruments, finally settling on a modern Italian instrument. I beleive this is what she is playing today. I would truly love to hear her play a violin made by a modern American master, such as the world-reknowned Samuel Zygmuntowicz. SZ reproduced two of Menhuin's priceless instruments (no doubt for travel), and one of his own instruments set a record at auction for an American-made violin, at one hundred and thirty thousand dollars in the early 2000s.
Ms. Fischer does not record prolifically, as do some artists such as Perelman. However, each recording is better than the former. I strongly recommend this recording for its engineering quality, and Ms. Fischer's determination and artistic interpretation!
Her interpretation of the Paganini 24 Caprices has no equal. One can only argue over interpretation, not technique. Her interpretation on this CD is magnificent! Mastering Paganini is a great achievement for a violinist, 24 solo caprices. OMG and she does it. Wunderbar, mein Schatz!