July 2022


We examine a 1671 violin by Girolamo Amati II and the members of the Brodsky Quartet discuss their 50th anniversary. There’s a look at Bach’s Cello Suites, string playing’s ‘lost arts’, and the career of François-Nicolas Voirin comes under the spotlight. Plus Kenneth Sillito’s Sentimental Work.

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  • GIROLAMO AMATI II VIOLIN 1671            The last of the Amati dynasty was an almost exact contemporary of Stradivari. Barbara Meyer examines one of his early instruments, alongside one from 1719
  • BRODSKY QUARTET        Marking its 50th anniversary this year, the British group has had a colourful career embracing classics and new works. Amanda Holloway meets the foursome
  • BACH CELLO SUITES        Jeffrey Solow looks at the several sources for the composer’s famed solo works, to advance a new theory as to the genesis of his compositional process
  • SESSION REPORT              The members of the Heath Quartet talk to Toby Deller about their recording of works by Berg, Schoenberg and Webern, all part of the Second Viennese School
  • LOST ARTS OF STRING PLAYING Some of today’s top players tell Charlotte Gardner how they incorporate the stylistic techniques of the 20th century’s greatest soloists into their own playing
  • FRANÇOIS-NICOLAS VOIRIN        Matt Wehling presents the first of two articles about the French bow maker, whose work had an enormous influence on the bows of the 20th century


  • IN FOCUS            A 1762 Gennaro Gagliano violin
  • TRADE SECRETS Bow maker Éric Gagné on designing and making a ferrule
  • MY SPACE           Elisa Scrollavezza and Andrea Zanrè
  • MAKING MATTERS          Rainer Beilharz presents his data sheets for recording acoustical observations
  • MASTERCLASS   Cellist Antonio Meneses discusses the fourth movement of the Franck Sonata
  • TECHNIQUE        Violinist David Gillham give hints and tips on achieving perfect string-crossings
  • LIFE LESSONS     The memories and opinions of Taiwanese violist Hsin-Yun Huang
  • OPINION             Why tutors should look beyond the standard grading system in their teaching
  • POSTCARD FROM CORNWALL    Report from the 50th anniversary of IMS Prussia Cove
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE       From July 1932
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK     Violinist Kenneth Sillito on the first string quartet Britten ever wrote
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