New video: Superfast violinist breaks Australian bumble-bee record

On a day when Australia blew away England’s batting, a violinist has stepped up to claim the fastest-ever flight of the bumblebee. Never mind the intonation. Just be awed by the speed. This is Vov Dylan, 32, also known as Australia’s Andre Rieu.



Ahem. He’s still three seconds slower than the world record-holder, Ben Lee. Who is English.

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    • Moritz Rosenthal, when he attended Liszt’s late masterclasses, could play the Minute Waltz in under a minute in double thirds.

  • Yea, a couple notes belong to the Flight of the Bumblebee, but 99% of it is a complete mess, doesn’t qualify for any record other than Most Deluded Violinist.

    • Is it really interesting to run 100 metres in under 10 seconds? I find not, but well- i need 2 minutes for 100 metres. Which might be a tad too Celibedache.

  • It’s fast, but this scintillating performance of The Flight of the Bumblebee by the former world record holder – British violin virtuoso Oliver Lewis – on BBC1’s ‘I Love My Country’ very recently is actually considerably faster than the current so called record of Lee (who glissandos a lot of passages on one finger rather than actually fingering the notes!)

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