How to play the world’s costliest violin: first, dunk it in the rivermain
That’s what Anne Akiko Meyers appears to do in the promo video for her new premiere release of Vivaldi’s triple concerto, RV551. Anne plays the Vieuxtemps Guarnerius, valued at $20 million. No way would she take it for a dip, she tells Slipped Disc. The other violin was a body double and she was using it to symbolise the three elements in the triple concerto: fog, water, ice.
It is the first time the instrument can be heard on a commercial recording.