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September 2019

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We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.

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Italian and French Violin Makers, Volume I-IV

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This unique volume brings together a collection of instruments crafted by the legendary lutherie masters of the last four centuries

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Antonio Stradivarius Volumes I-VIII (Edited by Jost Thöne)

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“Taken together, these eight volumes are a massive achievement, a substantial reset of the standards and quality of documentation, and

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Oblique Strategies [Andrei Ionita]

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Andrei Ionita (Artist), Johann Sebastian Bach (Composer), Brett Dean (Composer), Zoltán Kodály (Composer), Svante Henryson (Composer)

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Antheil: Violin Sonatas – Complete Violin Music, Vol. 1

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Alessandro Fagiuoli & Alessia Toffanin

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Music For String Quartet [Tippett Quartet]

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String Quartets nos 1 & 2

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Out of Italy

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PHOEBE CARRAI; BEILIANG ZHU; CHARLES WEAVER; AVI STEIN

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The Paris Album

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ENSEMBLE DIDEROT; JOHANNES PRAMSOHLER

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Chiaroscuro

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MOZART Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier K405 MENDELSSOHN Fugue in E flat major op.81 GLASS String Quartet no.2 ‘Company’ SHOSTAKOVICH Pieces for String Quartet (1931) JANÁČEK String Quartet no.2 ‘Intimate Letters’ WEBERN Bagatelles op.9 GERSHWIN Lullaby

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Tale of Two Violas

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Peter Mallinson (viola) Matthias Wiesner (viola) Evgenia Startseva (piano) Anneke Hodnett (harp) Michael Atkinson (cello) Nicholas Bayley (double bass)

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Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite

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Benedetti/Macelaru/Philadelphia Orchestra

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Contemporary Violin Makers

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This publication is designed to share rare insight into the world of contemporary violin-making. Two magnificent volumes offering a full

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The Kernis Project: Schubert

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Schubert (Artist), Kernis (Artist), The Jasper String Quartet (Artist)

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Quartets – Janacek / Belcea Quartet

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Editorial Reviews Formed in 1994 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Belcea Quartet already has an impressive

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By Footpath & Stile

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FINZI QUARTET; MARCUS FARNSWORTH; RUTH BOLISTER; ROBERT PLANE

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5 Sonatas Violin & Piano 1

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Hybrid SACD – ULF WALLIN; ROLAND PONTINEN

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1690 Tuscan Stradivari

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BIONDI,FABIO; ANTONIO FANTINUOLI, GIANGIACOMO PINARDI, PAOLA PONCET

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Heritage

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Cuarteto Quiroga

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Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol. 3 [Trio con Brio Copenhagen]

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Trio con Brio Copenhagen (Artist), Ludwig van Beethoven (Composer), None (Conductor)

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Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

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This splendid volume of different instruments built by the celebrated French master violin-maker Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, includes models by Stradivari,

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Biber: Fidicinium Sacro-Profanum – Sonaten Nürnberg 1683

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Florian Deuter (Künstler, Dirigent, Künstler), Harmonie Universelle (Künstler, Orchester), Heinrich I. F. Biber (Komponist), Monica Waisman (Dirigent)

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Edge of Youth

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Editorial Reviews Janet Sung writes of her new release: Edge of Youth represents a time when one starts to discover

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Regina Bastarda

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PANDOLFO,PAOLO; LA PEDRINA, THOMAS BOYSEN, AMELIE CHEMIN

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The Golden Violin (Music of the 20s)

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Daniel Röhn, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn & Case Scaglione

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String Quartets

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ATMA QUARTET

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Violin Concerto 33

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JACOBS,LISA; BREMER PHILHARMONIKER & MIKHAIL AGREST

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Loewe: Grand Trio, Op. 12

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[Lucius Henning; Marietta Kratz; Lena Eckels; Jakob Christoph Kuchenbuch; Christian Seibold]

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Violin and Bow Makers, Volume 1

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This publication, measures 320 mm by 240 mm (complete with a hardcover and gold embossed print), and features forty full-colour

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Brahms and Ligeti Violin Concertos

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Disc: 1 1. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo 2. Violin Concerto in D Major,

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The Essential Handbook for Violinists’ by Rebecca Houghton

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Violin maker and restorer Rebecca Houghton wrote this book as a gift to players, teachers and parents who need essential

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The Golden Age of Violin Making in Spain

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Edited by leading expert Jorge Pozas, this magnificent (and rare) title features a collection of 50 of the greatest Spanish

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The Strad Print + Online Subscription Package

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PRINT + ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION – The Strad is the world’s most authoritative and influential string music magazine, read by makers,

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PRE-ORDER – The Strad Calendar 2020: The Chimei Collection

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PRE-ORDER – The 2020 Calendar will be shipped at the end of August

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August 2019

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Double bassist Leon Bosch discusses his career, and we investigate the bass makers of Manchester. There’s an interview with early music pioneer Eduard Melkus and cellist Johannes Moser gives a Mendelssohn Masterclass. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s teaching tips

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The English Double Bass

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A unique leather-bound, limited-edition book exploring the fine double basses made in England – £465 plus P&P

ISBN: 978-1-916-4053-0-1

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June 2019

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We conclude our investigation of Stradivari’s moulds and examine some radical teaching methods. Vadim Gluzman, Philip Dukes and Matthew Barley are interviewed and there’s our annual Accessories supplement, featuring carbon fibre bows, wolf eliminators, mutes and lots more.

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Gustav Mahler’ viola 1672 poster

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Gustav Mahler’ viola 1672 Currently played by Antoine Tamestit, the ‘Mahler’ is one of only ten surviving violas by

May 2019

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The Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary and we hand on some yoga tips for string players. There’s an in-depth look at Stradivari’s working methods and Shostakovich’s violin works. Plus Maxim Rysanov’s Life Lessons and Rivka Golani’s Sentimental Work

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Tourte Le Jeune (The Tourte Exhibition of London, November 2008)

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Celebrating the life and work of François Xavier Tourte from the 1st through the 30th of November, 2008 at London’s

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The Bowmakers of the Peccatte Family, by Paul Childs

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“Two names have always dominated the French School of bowmaking: François Tourte, the Stradivari of the bow, who died at

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Jean Pierre Marie Persoit: His Life and Work, by Paul Childs

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“The great and intriguing bow maker, Jean Pierre Marie Persoit, has for many years been an inspiration to other bowmakers

April 2019

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Augustin Hadelich discusses his new CD and we explore the career of luthier Jacob Stainer. Jan Vogler gives a Schumann Masterclass and there’s a detailed examination of a Persoit bow. Plus Antje Weithaas on the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

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The Violin in 5ths – Developing Intonation and Sound

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Heifetz, Oistrakh, Stern, Menuhin, Milstein, Szeryng, Ricci, Rabin…Their innate talent and outstanding skills made violin mastery seem natural and easy. As a young man, British violinist, concertmaster and Royal Academy of Music professor Rodney Friend had the privilege to collaborate with many of the virtuosos. During these encounters he observed the simplicity of their practice patterns and a tendency towards effortless posture and natural hand freedom. These observations became the cornerstones of a teaching method that he has developed and perfected over the past decades.

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March 2019

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We chat to rising British star Sheku Kanneh-Mason and look into the work of Turin luthier Pressenda. Gidon Kremer discusses Polish music and Lynn Harrell gives us his Life Lessons. Plus fingerboards, singing bassists and much more

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JOANNES BAPTISTA GUADAGNINI FECIT PARMAE SERVIENS C.S.R.

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Masterpieces from the 2011 Parma Galleria Nazionale Exhibition

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THE GIROLAMO AMATI VIOLA IN THE GALLERIA ESTENSE

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TREASURES OF ITALIAN VIOLIN MAKING – I

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VIOLIN MAKERS. THE RENAISSANCE OF ITALIAN LUTHERIE

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From Count Cozio di Salabue to Giuseppe Fiorini, from the Bisiachs in Milan to the foundation of the first schools

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The Best of Technique

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Discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers in The Best of Technique. Bringing together

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An Introduction to the Old Italian Violins (simplified mandarin)

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The book offers an overview of 300 years of violin history. Exploring the historical circumstances in Northern Italy, namely the city of Cremona, where the violin originated, it takes the reader from Andrea Amati's workshop to those of the most famous Cremonese violin makers such as Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù and Carlo Bergonzi. From there violin making spread across other Italian and European cities.

Illustrated with more than 600 pictures of instruments, the book is a unique guide to the complex world of violin family instruments; it provides valuable advice on how to choose the best violin, and how to take care of it.

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February 2019

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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

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January 2019

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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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The Strad Digital Subscription and Back Issues

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DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION The Strad is also available to download and purchase as a single issue or digital subscription. Our preferred partner platform

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December 2018

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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

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The Strad Directory 2019

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Newly published, the current edition of The Strad Directory is as indispensable as ever. It provides you with everything you

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‘A Violin By Antonio Stradivari 1724’ limited edition MONOGRAPH

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In this beautifully presented monograph, Desmond Cecil tells the full story of the Antonio Stradivari violin that came into his possession in

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November 2018

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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.

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Cecil’ violin 1724 poster

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The 1724 ‘Cecil’ is that rare thing: a genuine Stradivari violin that has gone virtually unreported for the past three centuries.

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October 2018

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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

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The Strad Calendar 2019: Antonio Stradivari Instruments

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The Strad Calendar 2019 brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari. The collection includes ten

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The Heifetz Scale Book for Violin

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ISBN-13: 978-1581064353

Reaching The Heights
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Reaching The Heights – Thumb Position on the Double Bass

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ISBN-10: 1980232830
ISBN-13: 978-1980232834

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September 2018

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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

The Violin Explained: Components, Mechanism, and Sound
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The Violin Explained: Components, Mechanism, and Sound

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ISBN-13: 978-0198167396

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The Russian Violin School: The Legacy Of Yuri Yankelevich
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The Russian Violin School: The Legacy Of Yuri Yankelevich

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Before the Chinrest: A Violinist's Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style (Publications of the Early Music Institute)
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The History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761: And its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music (Clarendon Paperbacks)
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The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, 1626-1762 (Dover Books on Music)
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The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, 1626-1762 (Dover Books on Music)

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Alberto Bachmann An Encyclopedia Of The Violin Vln (Dover Books on Music)
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Cremona: An Account of the Italian Violin-Makers and Their Instruments (Classic Reprint)
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The Amadeus Book of the Violin: Construction, History, and Music
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The Amadeus Book of the Violin: Construction, History, and Music

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This encyclopedia of the violin covers the mechanics of its construction through its history and evolution to its literature and performing traditions, with details and anecdotes. From the great violin makers of Cremona to the influence of key composers and virtuosos on the violin's development, every facet of the subject is exposed.

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Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection
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Antonio Stradivari, His Life and Work (Dover Books on Music)
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Antonio Stradivari, His Life and Work (Dover Books on Music)

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Studies the life and art of the Italian violin craftsman, focusing on the skills and techniques which have made his products renowned throughout the world.

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ISBN-13: 978-0486204253

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August 2018

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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.

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July 2018

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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

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Violin Varnish

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Notes and articles from the workshop of Koen Padding. Edited by Helen Michetschläger.

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‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ 1741 poster

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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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BUNDLE – The Best of Trade Secrets 1, 2, 3 and 4

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  • x1 – The Best of Trade Secrets
  • x1 – The Best of Trade Secrets 2
  • x1 – The Best of Trade Secrets 3
  • x1 – The Best of Trade Secrets 4
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June 2018

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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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May 2018

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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

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April 2018

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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

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March 2018

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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 Best of Trade Secrets 4

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The latest collection of articles from The Strad’s popular Trade Secrets section brings together methods for everything from reinforcing a cello neck

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February 2018

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In a French-themed issue, the Arod Quartet discuss their career to date, and we present a close analysis of a c.1790 Tourte bow. We mark Jean-Luc Ponty’s 75th birthday with an interview and examine the work of Jean-François Aldric. Plus bassist Gary Karr’s Sentimental Work.

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January 2018

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Yo-Yo Ma discusses making musical connections, and some of Heinrich Schiff’s star students explain what made him a great cello tutor. We report from the Beijing Music Festival and bassist Edgar Meyer reveals his Life Lessons. Plus our 52-page String Courses 2018 supplement

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November 2017

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November 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrating the centenary of Jascha Heifetz’s historic US debut at Carnegie Hall

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‘Armingaud, Fernández Blanco’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin 1732 poster

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An extraordinarily well-preserved violin from Guarneri’s middle period, the ‘Armingaud, Fernández Blanco’ languished for decades untouched until its rediscovery in

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October 2017

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September 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrated American violin tutor Dorothy DeLay remembered by former students, including Itzhak Perlman and Philippe Quint.

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September 2017

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September 2017 issue of The Strad. Celebrated American violin tutor Dorothy DeLay remembered by former students, including Itzhak Perlman and Philippe Quint.

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The Strad Calendar 2018: The Friends of Stradivari

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Based in Cremona, Italy, the Friends of Stradivari is an international network of people who play, collect, study and love

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August 2017

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Cellist Jan Vogler discusses his collaboration with Bill Murray and we investigate why cello ensembles have become so popular in

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July 2017

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The four members of the Chiaroscuro Quartet discuss their latest Haydn CD and we examine the 1708 ‘Dancla’ Stradivari violin.

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Dancla’ violin 1708 poster

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The 1708 ‘Dancla’ Stradivari is an exceptional violin from the middle of the maker’s so-called ‘golden period’. It perfectly represents

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Saveuse’ cello 1726 poster

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The 1726 ‘Saveuse’ is one of the smallest cellos ever to come out of Antonio Stradivari’s workshop. From the beautifully

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June 2017

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Christian Tetzlaff discusses Bach and we investigate Vuillaume’s self-rehairing bow, David Garrett’s Sentimental Work and the results of the largest

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May 2017

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja discusses her vision and inspiration, and we ask how young soloists prepare for their first concerto. Elena Rostropovich

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April 2017

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We report on the restoration of the ‘Paravicini’ Stradivari and Matthew McDonald, the Berlin Philharmonic’s first principal bassist, discusses creative

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March 2017

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Richard Tognetti discusses new music and we find out how top players go about choosing a new bow. Rachel Barton

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February 2017

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Vuillaume’s ‘Evangelists’ quartet, cellist and gambist Christophe Coin and a tour of French folk fiddling styles are among the highlights

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January 2017

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We examine how today’s composers are pushing the boundaries of the violin concerto form, and Sam Zygmuntowicz discusses the cutting

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December 2016

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Tasmin Little discusses her love for British composers and we examine the 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin using high-resolution micro-CT scans.

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November 2016

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We examine how strings became an integral part of minimalist music, and talk to Jennifer Koh about her return to

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October 2016

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Violinist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott talk about the challenges of working as a duo; Kronos Quartet violinist David

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September 2016

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In this education-themed special issue, veteran violinist–violist Pinchas Zukerman talks about his life in string education; we take a look

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August 2016

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Cellist Sol Gabetta talks about instruments, technique and finding her own voice, and we examine a rare 1710 Stradivari cello.

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July 2016

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Chamber music tutor Tim Frederiksen discusses putting together string quartets and we examine the history of violin making in Amsterdam.

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April 2016

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Frank Peter Zimmermann graces the cover of our special German issue, with articles on the Klotz violin making dynasty and

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March 2016

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We report on the 2015 VSA/Oberlin Violin Makers Workshop, where 60 luthiers collaborated on a brand new model of violin.

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February 2016

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In a French-themed issue, cellist Gautier Capuçon discusses his series of masterclasses for postgraduates and we report on new research

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January 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos discusses the Sibelius Violin Concerto and we explore the life of Paganini’s protégé Camillo Sivori. There’s a close-up

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December 2015

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Baroque violinist Rachel Podger discusses the perils of scordatura and we a late-period Guarneri violin comes under scrutiny. Christian Tetzlaff

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November 2015

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In a North America-themed issue, we track the evolution of violin making in the US (with full-length photos of 10

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October 2015

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The members of the Pavel Haas Quartet discuss their love of Czech music, and we reconstruct Stradivari’s house and workshop

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September 2015

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Violinist Nicola Benedetti discusses her work with young players in our education special, while recent competition winners discuss their practice

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August 2015

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We talk to Itzhak Perlman, 70 this month, and investigate the story of America’s first female violin maker. Lynn Harrell

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July 2015

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We speak to the current members of the Borodin Quartet, celebrating its 70th anniversary this month, and reveal new findings

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June 2015

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We talk to the Carducci Quartet about its upcoming Shostakovich quartet cycle, and examine the career of Gregor Piatigorsky. There’s

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May 2015

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In a special edition to mark The Strad’s 125th anniversary, we look through the photo archives for some of the

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April 2015

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Simon Rattle discusses the Berlin Philharmonic’s characteristic string sound in a German speical, which also includes articles on cellist Anja

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March 2015

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Nikolaj Znaider discusses how conducting informs his string playing, with further insights on the subject from Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov

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February 2015

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Philippe Graffin is on the cover of a French-themed issue, with articles on bow maker Joseph Lafleur, lutherie in Mirecourt,

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January 2015

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With a new look for 2015, The Strad interviews the Nightingale Quartet and investigates the finer details of Stradivari’s scrolls.

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December 2014

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We interview Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung and examine a 1767 violin by José Contreras, described by some as ‘the

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November 2014

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James Ehnes is on the cover of our North America-focused issue, in which we pay tribute to the late bow

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September 2014

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In our special education issue, some of today’s top string players and teachers recall the tutors who made the biggest

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August 2014

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We mark the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak with an issue on music and conflict, exploring string works

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July 2014

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Latvian violinist Baiba Skride discusses her love of modern repertoire and Didier Lockwood talks about his genre-hopping career. We talk

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May 2014

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Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg talks about her multifaceted career and the Kronos Quartet looks back on 40 years at the cutting

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April 2014

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The late cellist János Starker receives an eight-page tribute, with exclusive photo galleries and memories from friends and colleagues. Fiddler

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March 2014

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We investigate Berlin’s burgeoning chamber music scene in a German-themed issue, and find out why the nation’s music schools are

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September 2013

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Violist and pedagogue Bruno Giuranna heads up an issue focused on teaching, in which we investigate the tuition of string

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February 2013

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We talk to cellist Alisa Weilerstein and review her latest CD of Elgar and Carter concertos. This edition also includes

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November 2012

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Oberlin: what happens at the Ohio violin making workshops? Caldwell Collection: some of the world’s most perfect surviving viols William

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October 2012

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Leila Josefowicz talks about her passion for new works and modern composers, Thomas Demenga discusses his love for Bach’s Cello

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August 2012

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Cellist Antonio Meneses graces the cover of this Latin American-themed issue, which includes features on string teaching in Venezuela and

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July 2012

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In this issue, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto discusses his experiments in sound, and we find out how Les 24 Violons

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June 2012

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This issue’s guest editor, violinist Hilary Hahn, has chosen a theme of ‘conversations’, in which members of the string world

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March 2012

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Germany is the theme for this issue, with an interview with player and teacher Antje Weithaas, a Masterclass with cellist

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September 2011

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In a special edition on teaching, we talk to psychologists and string instructors about how students react to words of

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José Contreras violin 1767 poster

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G.B. Guadagnini 1774 Salabue Berta Violin poster

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One of the early violins of Guadagnini’s Turin period, the ‘Salabue’, ‘Berta’ is in an excellent state of preservation, having

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Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello 1865 poster

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This beautiful cello was made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume as part of a quartet for Count Dmitry Sheremetev. It is a

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Benvenuti’ Violin 1727 poster

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One of the masterpieces of Stradivari’s late period, the ‘Benvenuti’ has had a rich playing history – which makes it

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Antonio Stradivari ‘Messiah’ violin 1716 poster

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Stradivari’s 1716 ‘Messiah’ violin is one of the most coveted in the world. The pristine condition of the instrument, made

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Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ ‘Cessole’ violin 1736 poster

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Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ made the ‘Cessole’ violin during his period of full maturity. It bears a label dated 1736, and

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Jacob Stainer tenor viola c. 1650 poster

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The only remaining tenor viola made by the Tyrolean maker Jacob Stainer reveals the maker’s painstaking attention to detail and

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Pietro Giacomo Rogeri cello 1717 poster

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This cello, made in 1717, was owned by Nicolò Paganini who pawned it to pay off a gambling debt. The

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Nicolas Lupot violin 1808 poster

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‘The impact this violin makes on both the eye and ear is very little short of that of its inspiration,

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Brothers Amati cello c.1600 poster

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As the only known example of this specific form of instrument, this Brothers Amati five-stringed cello c.1600 from the workshops

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Henry Jaye viol 1618 poster

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The intricate work of British viol maker Henry Jaye is testament to the unsung tradition of viol making in 17th

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Carlo Bergonzi violin 1736 Poster

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A fabulous instrument made by Bergonzi at the height of his powers. Includes measurements. ‘The soundholes are beautifully drawn, but

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Gasparo da Salò double bass poster

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A magnificent double bass by the 16th-century Italian master Gasparo da Salò, with original scroll. Includes measurements ‘Extraordinary – this

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Domenico Montagnana violin 1717 poster

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A vivid and uncompromising violin that shows both the strong effect of Montagnana’s early influences and also the rapid evolution

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‘Kruse’ Stradivari violin 1721 poster

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Played by Kreutzer, Maurin and Stern, the 1721 ‘Kruse’ is one of the master’s finest violins and remains in superb

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‘Viotti’ Antonio Stradivari violin 1709 poster

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One of the top Stradivari violins in the world, the 1709 ‘Viotti’ helped to establish the master’s name – thanks

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Andrea Amati violin c.1566 poster

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One of the decorated instruments made for the French court, this harmoniously designed violin is a striking reminder of Andrea

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Pietro Guarneri of Mantua violin 1704 poster

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A stunning violin by the greatest craftsman of the Guarneri family. Includes measurements ‘This is a gorgeous violin. This relatively

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Carlo Giuseppe Testore violin c.1703 poster

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This fine-sounding Milanese violin, with a one-piece belly and imitation purfling, is still in excellent condition. Includes measurements ‘The ribs

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G.P. Maggini violin c.1630 poster

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One of the few Magginis to remain at its original size, this Cremonese-influenced violin is in superb condition. Includes measurements

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‘Alard’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin 1742 poster

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In undisturbed condition, this violin gives an unparalleled insight into the working methods of ‘del Gesù’. Its unpolished finish, lack

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Antonio Stradivari by Horace Petherick

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This book tells us much about the understanding of experts at the turn of the century. The later Hill book

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Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century by Henry Roth

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Renowned critic Henry Roth brings his formidable knowledge and enthusiasm to bear on some of the greatest violinists in history.

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An A-Z of Instrument Care by Jane Dorner (2nd Edition)

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A first-aid manual and good-health guide for your most precious possession. This essential book for players of the violin family

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Matteo Gofriller violin 1700 poster

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A classic example of the great Venetian’s work: his own pattern with glorious varnish and individual wood selection. Includes measurements

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‘De Munck’ Stradivari cello 1730 poster

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This well-presented cello played by Emanuel Feuermann and Steven Isserlis is striking for the originality that created a new cello

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A Voice in the Dark, The Philharmonia Years by Alexander Kok

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Alexander Kok, a supremely talented cellist, shares his life with the reader in an anecdotal autobiography. Kok was only 19

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‘Milanollo’ Stradivari violin 1728 poster

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A rare violin in fine condition, conserved rather than played, which matches several of the period, including the ‘Kreutzer’. Made

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G.B. Rogeri violin 1704 poster

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A characteristic violin from the end of the Brescian maker’s career, clearly showing the influence of Amati. Includes measurements. ‘Although

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Nicolò Amati violin 1666 poster

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In both conception and creation this ‘Grand Pattern’ violin is a treasure of craftsmanship. The wood of the front has

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‘Kochanski’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin 1741 poster

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One of the few ‘del Gesù’ instruments dated 1741, this violin is exceptional due to its fine state of preservation

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Montagnana cello 1739 poster

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Called ‘the Mighty Venetian’ by novelist Charles Reade, Domenico Montagnana is venerated as one of the greatest cello makers. This

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‘Muir-Mackenzie’ Stradivari violin 1694 poster

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A fine example of a long-pattern Stradivari, showing a marked divergence from the Amati pattern. Includes measurements. ‘With the exception

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Lachmann Schwechter Guadagnini violin 1776 poster

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This excellent example of Guadagnini’s work has a powerful tone, equal in quality to its striking, fiery-coloured varnish. Includes measurements.

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Jacob Stainer violin 1679 poster

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A remarkably preserved violin by the most popular non-Italian maker of his day, and one of the few Classical violins

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Gagliano violin 1710 poster

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The Rotondo stands at the forefront of the handful of surviving works by the first recorded Neapolitan violin maker. Includes

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Cremona map 1580 poster

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On 14 September Cremona’s long-awaited Museo del Violino finally opens its doors. This map, made at the time of Andrea

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Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andrea’ violin 1705 poster

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Among the most exceptional examples of a Giuseppe ‘filius Andrea’ instrument, singling him out as a fine maker as well

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‘Kreisler’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin 1733 poster

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The instrument most closely associated with Fritz Kreisler is the 1733 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ now owned by the Library of

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The Strad Varnish Colour Swatch

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The Strad Colour Swatch has been designed to help you match varnish colours between instruments. Ideal for specifying colours with partners

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The Strad Binder

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This is an ideal way to protect your collection of The Strad. Each binder holds twelve issues of the magazine

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The Strad Masterclass: Solo Violin

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James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Leonidas Kavakos, Maxim Vengerov, Nikolaj Znaider: some of the violin world’s top names have given their

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The Strad Masterclass: Solo Cello

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Alban Gerhardt, Bonnie Hampton, Gary Hoffman, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jan Vogler: some of the cello world’s top names have given their

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The Strad Calendar 2017

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The Academies Collection

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Cello Heroes

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Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mischa Maisky and Natalia Gutman are among the cellists featured in this special publication from The

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Rostropovich: A Celebration

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Discover the man behind the legend, from interviews with the renowned cellist and the people who knew him.

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In Focus

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This collection of articles from The Strad’s long-running In Focus series brings together more than 80 fascinating stringed instruments, with

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Great Instruments 2

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Great Instruments II presents a second selection, with in-depth studies of instruments and their histories, plus a basic ‘bluffer’s guide’ to identifying an instrument’s date, region and even its maker.

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Great Instruments

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Every generation of violin makers has sought to analyse and understand the classic forms, and, for the past 122 years,

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The Best of Trade Secrets 3

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Written by luthiers for luthiers, this third compilation of articles from The Strad’s popular Trade Secrets section brings together over

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The Best of Trade Secrets 2

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The Best of Trade Secrets 2 is a 120-page collection of lutherie techniques used by 29 of today’s top makers,

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The Best of Trade Secrets

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This collection of Trade Secrets articles from The Strad’s archives is an essential addition to any instrument maker’s library. It

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Grade 8 Theory – a Practical Approach

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Grade 7 Theory – a Practical Approach

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Grade 6 Theory – a Practical Approach

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Grade 6 Theory – a Practical Approach

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Grade 5 Theory – the Easy Way!

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Grade 5 Theory – the Easy Way!

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Down an Escalator Backwards

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Down an Escalator Backwards follows on from Cows Eating Grass

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Cows Eating Grass

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Cows Eating Grass follows on from Faces in the Spaces.

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Faces in the Spaces

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Faces in the Spaces follows on from Faces in the Spaces.

July 2019

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Antoine Tamestit discusses his new recordings and we examine his viola, the 1672 ‘Gustav Mahler’ Stradivari. There’s a look at string teaching in Uganda and we have interviews with Sol Gabetta, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gary Hoffman, Natalie Clein – and many more!

The Strad Directory 2018

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It provides you with everything you need to fulfil your stringed instrument needs, from makers and repairers to dealers, wholesalers

December 2017

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Buy the December 2017 issue of The Strad. Includes focus on Stradivari’s final years and the turbulent social and political times in Cremona from 1702 to 1737.

Plus Renaud Capuçon on teaching; Steven Isserlis’ trench cello; double bassist Barry Guy; Dragonetti’s Gasparo da Salò bass and its seismic effect on English luthiery; Trondheim Chamber Music Festival; an 1856 violin by Giuseppe Rocca; luthiers David Finck and Eric Benning; exercises to release tension and improve movement; Daniel Müller-Schott on Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto

June 2016

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What can the corners of Stradivari’s instruments tell us about the forms he used? Was Maud Powell the first virtuoso

May 2016

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In a special edition to mark the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth, we ask some of the people who

October 2014

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A Girolamo Amati contralto viola reveals its secrets in an extensive study, and we talk to US quartet Brooklyn Rider

June 2014

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We examine a 1774 Guadagnini violin that has survived in almost pristine condition, and talk to string players who have

February 2014

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The double bass takes centre stage, as we interview six of today’s top young bassists and investigate teaching, making, and

January 2014

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Cellist Zoë Keating explains how her success as a DIY musician in an issue with a ‘fresh thinking’ theme. We

December 2013

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Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about reaching out to the next generation of classical music lovers, and we report on the

November 2013

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Joshua Bell is on the cover of our North America-focused issue, which contains a detailed examination of his 1713 ‘Huberman’

October 2013

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Jacques Thibaud, Fritz Kreisler and Pablo Casals adorn the cover of a special issue celebrating the great players of the

August 2013

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US violist David Aaron Carpenter explains how he’s using star power to broaden the appeal of his instrument. We report

July 2013

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Jordi Savall, early music pioneer and multi-instrumentalist, heads up a Baroque-themed issue featuring articles on viol consorts, instruments in Dutch

June 2013

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Raphael Wallfisch: the pragmatic cellist with a penchant for new works Vuillaume cello: the 1865 ‘Sheremetev’, one of the maker’s

May 2013

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Tabea Zimmermann: the violist with a taste for challenging repertoire Viola favourites: players choose their greatest quartet moments. Developing a

April 2013

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Violinist Christian Tetzlaff is the cover star of our German-themed issue, and we have ten copies of his latest CD

March 2013

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We talk to the Calder Quartet, a foursome equally at home performing with punk bands as on the concert stage.

January 2013

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Félix Lajkó: the Hungarian violinist is the cover artist for our ‘Fresh Thinking’ issue Electric string concertos: why composers are

December 2012

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Ruggiero Ricci: friends and collegues pay tribute to the great violinist and teacher Practice techniques: what can players learn from

September 2012

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Teaching is the focus for this month’s edition, in which we discover how Suzuki teaching has spread across the world

May 2012

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This issue features a detailed analysis of the ‘Saveuse’ Stradivari cello, tips on connecting with an audience, James Ehnes’s thoughts

April 2012

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The members of the Brodsky Quartet talk about their love of experimentation, and Maxim Vengerov discusses his return to performing

February 2012

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Can professional players tell a Strad from a modern instrument in a blind test? We report on the experiment and

January 2012

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In an issue that takes ‘fresh thinking’ as its theme, we talk to UK-based duo 2Cellos, who secured a record

December 2011

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In an issue themed around money, we ask: How much could a violin cost you over a lifetime? Why do

November 2011

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Project, is the cover star for our North America-themed issue,

October 2011

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We celebrate the 300th anniversary of Guadagnini’s birth with a look at the master maker’s mysterious life. Tully Potter looks

August 2011

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Jan Vogler analyses Schumann’s Cello Concerto, Tully Potter reviews the career of Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, and we look back

July 2011

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This month’s issue features a detailed analysis of the ‘Plowden’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ violin, an interview with double bass pedagogue

June 2011

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In our Benelux special, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen discusses her return to performing after an enforced break, there’s a focus

May 2011

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Violist and pedagogue Kim Kashkashian kicks off our viola special, in which we consider why this century is proving to

April 2011

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In our special focus on Germany, cellist Alban Gerhardt discusses Casals, fellow players and allowing imperfection. We look back at

March 2011

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Stradivari’s ‘Messiah’, one of the most revered instruments ever made, gets a full appraisal including dendrochronological analysis. Fabio Biondi discusses

February 2011

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Violinist Lisa Batiashvili discusses her empathy with Shostakovich’s music and we discover what happens when top instruments are stolen. We

January 2011

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We profile some of the young talents making a name for themselves in the string world, including Ray Chen, David

December 2010

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In an issue themed around the question of ‘Real or fake’, we speak to Dutch violinist André Rieu and consider

November 2010

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Jascha Heifetz is the cover star of our North America-themed issue, in which we examine his career Stateside. We ask

October 2010

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Gidon Kremer discusses a lifetime of pushing boundaries and Truls Mørk talks about the things that mean most to him.

September 2010

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We investigate the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema education programme in an education-themed edition, which also examines how conservatoires are

August 2010

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In a Spanish-themed issue, we talk to the Casals Quartet and celebrate the career of violinist Pablo de Sarasate. Ara

July 2010

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John Dilworth gives a personal guide to identifying violins and Carlo Chiesa examines the spectacular 1736 ‘Cessole’, ‘Teja–Ferni’ Guarneri ‘del

June 2010

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Cellist Natalie Clein discusses Kodály, crossover and her musical ambitions, and we explore the treasures of Korea’s celebrated Chi-Mei collection.