We look at Leonard Bernstein’s contributions to string music and investigate the development of the French bow button. Joshua Bell gives a Masterclass on Bruch and Jennifer Koh gives her Sentimental Work.
Plus a FREE guide to the inaugural Tokyo Stradivarius Festival
Notes and articles from the workshop of Koen Padding. Edited by Helen Michetschläger.
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Currently the most expensive violin in the world, the 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ was sold in 2012 for a
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We complete our analysis of the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri, with Anne Akiko Meyers’ views on playing the priceless violin. There’s a look at the pitfalls of playing outdoors, we go in search of Stradivari’s ‘lost’ mould, and Kyung Wha Chung gives her Life Lessons.
Plus Accessories 2018: your guide to strings, bridges, rosin, pickups, and much more.
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Ray Chen on the importance of social media and popular culture in encouraging a new generation of players; a close look at the most expensive violin in the world, the ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘Del Gesù’; Quartet coaching with Alfred Brendel; Life Lessons from violinist Leila Josefowicz
In a German-themed issue, we talk to Carolin Widmann and look at the instrument making traditions of Füssen. Jacob Stainer is the subject of In Focus and the Casals Quartet gives tips on playing Beethoven’s quartets. Plus Christian Tetzlaff discusses his Sentimental Work
British soloist Lawrence Power talks about his adventures with the viola, and luthiers share their experiences of collaborative making. There’s an insight into the psychology of teaching adult beginners, and we explore some of the 20th century’s most complex repertoire. Plus an in-depth look at a Domenico Busan viola.
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The Strad’s February 2018 issue:
- The Arod Quartet discuss how making a successful career as a foursome takes more than first-rate playing
- Tourte the innovator seen through a detailed examination of one of his c.1790 bows
- Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty on improvisation, Stéphane Grappelli, and classical repertoire
- In the studio with Antoine Tamestit as he records works by Jörg Widmann
- Debussy’s five chamber works for strings through the eyes of top players
- The development of French maker Jean-François Aldric’s style across eight instruments
- A postcard from the inaugural Harmonia Nova festival in Avignon