In a French special we talk to cellist Bruno Philippe and investigate Eugène Sartory’s infamous court case. Philippe Graffin tracks down a lost version of an Ysaÿe sonata and Nicolas Gilles reveals his oil varnish recipe. Plus Gautier Capuçon, François Rabbath, and Daniel Hope on Franck
Isabelle Faust discusses Mozart and we explore how string teaching is adapting to new technology. There’s a cello masterclass with Lynn Harrell, a look at jazz improvisation with bassist Lloyd Swanton, and Anne-Sophie Mutter’s Life Lessons. Plus our String Courses 2019 supplement
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Vilde Frang talks about collaboration and we examine a case made in Stradivari’s workshop. Mischa Maisky discusses his half-century of performing, and there’s a look at folk songs with the Danish Quartet. Plus violist Bruno Giuranna’s Sentimental Work
We examine the legacy of string teacher Paul Rolland and ask whether female luthiers face discrimination in this day and age. James Ehnes gives us his Sentimental Work, and Viktoria Mullova tells of her Life Lessons. Plus a Masterclass with Carolin Widmann.
Hilary Hahn talks about Bach and we discover how Brescian instruments developed. Edicson Ruiz gives a double bass Masterclass and we learn the secrets of orchestral auditions. Plus Rachel Podger’s Sentimental Work
Maxim Vengerov talks about his lifelong learning curve and we learn the teaching methods of Heifetz, Gingold and Galamian. There’s a look at conservatoire auditions and Guy Johnston discusses Mendelssohn in Masterclass. Plus Sartory, Guadagnini and Aldo Parisot in this 144-page bumper issue
We talk to the Doric Quartet about bows and recordings, and get tips on making arrangements of non-classical works. Anne-Sophie Mutter tells us her Sentimental Work there’s a Beethoven Masterclass and we look back on Henryk Szeryng’s playing career. Plus, the fall and rise of violin making in Hungary.
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
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.
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