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With 'Roots' Randall Goosby makes a first impression with lasting impact / The Washington Post

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The Washington Post's Michael Andor Brodeur writes....Randall Goosby, the fast-rising 25-year-old star violinist, joins the Baltimore Symphony on Sept. 25 and 26 to play one of the Big Romantic Concertos: Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Op. 26). "One of the most perfect, perfect pieces," Goosby says on the phone with pure matter-of-factness. "One of the greatest of all time."

He should know. Goosby knows this piece, which Bruch completed in 1866, back and forth. His former teacher, the violinist Philippe Quint, recently got to hear his erstwhile pupil lead the concerto with the Atlanta Symphony and was gratified to hear some of his lessons intact within Goosby's rapidly expanding stylistic universe. One of those lessons was about the very first note of the violin - a wide open G that cracks open like first light before soaring into a cresting cadenza.

"There's nothing more important than the first impression," he remembers telling Goosby sometime in their first year of study together. "The note has a beginning, a middle and an end. This open string must not sound like an open string!"

Goosby remembers one 30-minute lesson dedicated to that opening note in the year he spent learning the Violin Concerto. Quint, who may hold the note in more architectural regard to the structure of the rest of the piece, remembers differently: "Overall, we probably spent maybe a hundred hours on that G," he says.  PHOTO: Jeremy Mitchell

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