Margalit Fox breaks the bad news at the NY Times. He made a handful of fine recordings of virtuoso repertoire for RCA and a few independent labels. I met the affable, easygoing Fodor on a number of occasions before and during my tenure at BMG. His longstanding battles against chemical dependency were well known in (and outside) the classical music world, and Fox details the usual “cautionary tale” spin that one would expect from his death. And yes, I have to question the role of his early management in the path that his life took.
You could use a little bit of inspiration, and Vivien Schweitzer’s profile of violinist Augustin Hadelich in tomorrow’s NY Times will provide an excellent source. My sources tell me that his debut CD from Avie is impressive indeed, and once I snag up a copy I’ll put my two cents in…
Here is one of my favorite violinists, woefully underrecorded as a soloist, playing the finale of the BeethovenViolin Concerto, Op.61 with a student orchestra, who rise to the occasion quite well. You guessed it: name the soloist.
The answer will be posted on July 10 at 1500 EST.