December 2022


We take a close look at the 1693 ‘Harrison’ Stradivari violin and speak to superstar Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl. There’s a look at the late bows of François Xavier Tourte and a peep into the orchestra pit at the Bayreuth Festival. Plus violinist Philippe Quint’s Sentimental Work.


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  • ANTONIO STRADIVARI ‘HARRISON’ VIOLIN 1693 – A prime example of the master luthier’s ‘Long Pattern’, it used to be the principal performing instrument of Kyung Wha Chung. Andrew Dipper takes a closer look
  • PAVEL ŠPORCL – The Czech violinist tells Amanda Holloway about his world-premiere recording of Jan Kubelík’s First Concerto – and why he chooses to play a blue violin
  • A VIOLINIST IN BAYREUTH – Thomas Eisner of the London Philharmonic Orchestra reveals what went on when he joined the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival this past summer
  • FRANÇOIS XAVIER TOURTE – Born 275 years ago, the master bow maker displayed his creativity in every bow he crafted. Paul Childs compares and contrasts two examples from his late period
  • SESSION REPORT – Peter Quantrill talks to cellist Pablo Ferrández about his collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter on a recording of Brahms and Clara Schumann
  • FELIX YANIEWICZ – In 1815 the Polish–Lithuanian violinist and composer became one of the co-founders of the Edinburgh Festival. David Kettle tells his story


  • IN FOCUS – David Rattray inspects a 1786 Baroque cello by Scottish luthier Robert Duncan
  • TRADE SECRETS – Michael Daddona presents a detailed method for fitting a violin bridge
  • MY SPACE – Edinburgh-based maker Steve Burnett
  • MAKING MATTERS – How the set-up can change an instrument’s timbre and volume
  • MASTERCLASS – Timothy Ridout on playing Hummel’s Potpourri for viola and orchestra
  • TECHNIQUE – Methods of playing jazz, Indian and Middle Eastern music
  • LIFE LESSONS – Violinist Vesko Eschkenazy
  • OPINION – Why playing chamber music is instrumental to the learning process
  • POSTCARD FROM SANTANDER – A report from the 2022 Encounter festival in Spain
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE – From December 1902
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK – Philippe Quint explains what the Franck Violin Sonata means to him
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