January 2022


Steven Isserlis talks about his lockdown projects and we examine a rare 1773 Guadagnini viola. There’s a look at Alexander technique, Bach’s Cello Suites and how the pandemic has affected young musicians’ careers. Plus a Mozart Masterclass with violinist Francesco Dego.

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  • STEVEN ISSERLIS The UK-based cellist talks to Charlotte Smith about his myriad lockdown projects, ranging from a disc of British cello music to a book on the Bach Suites
  • BACH SECOND CELLO SUITE – PRELUDE How should the five bars at the end of the movement be played by cellists? Mats Lidström examines the different sources and editions to find an answer
  • 1773 ‘COZIO’ GUADAGNINI VIOLA Alberto Giordano examines an instrument from the start of the maker’s Turin period, while Barthelemy Garnier looks at the interior of the instrument
  • ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE Violinist Alun Thomas shares three case studies to explain how going down different ‘pathways’ of the alternative therapy can help all kinds of string players
  • SESSION REPORT Alexander Gilman, artistic director of the LGT Young Soloists, tells Toby Deller about its new recording of Philip Glass’s Symphony no.14 ‘Liechtenstein’
  • COPYING THE ‘TITIAN’ If Stradivari had used different wood for his 1715 masterpiece, what difference would it make to its sound? Jesús Alejandro Torres reports on an innovative study
  • COVID-19 AND YOUNG MUSICIANS Charlotte Gardner speaks to the heads of various young artist schemes and record labels to find out how they’ve adapted to the needs of players in the past 18 months
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