May 2021


Julian Lloyd Webber discusses his career at 70, and we investigate Stradivari’s early cellos. There’s a look at violin encores and Ysaÿe’s Second String Trio, and Alisa Weilerstein gives a Chopin Masterclass.

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  • JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER – The British cellist, now making his mark as a conductor, celebrates his 70th birthday with a retrospective of his life and career, in conversation with Julian Haylock
  • STRADIVARI’S EARLY CELLOS – Before the mighty ‘B form’, the master luthier’s cellos had larger proportions and a variety of outlines. Philip Ihle attempts to determine how many moulds he used
  • YSAŸE STRING TRIO NO.2  – Violinist Nandor Szederkényi explains how he came to produce a new performing edition of the work, based on a manuscript he found on his computer
  • SESSION REPORT – Tom Stewart speaks to violinist Boris Begelman and Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor of Concerto Italiano, about the latest CD in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition
  • AZZO ROVESCALLI  – The Italian luthier was a well-known figure in the city of Crema, although real success eluded him. Lorenzo Frignani and Vittorio Formaggia tell his story
  • VIOLIN ENCORES  -Soloists including Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Pekka Kuusisto tell Charlotte Gardner how they choose and prepare their encores


  • IN FOCUS – Paolo Sorgentone examines a cello from the late 1770s by Antonio Gragnani
  • TRADE SECRETS – A method for gluing linings using springs and counterforms
  • MY SPACE – Paris-based luthier Johan Collard
  • MAKING MATTERS – Restoring a cello’s varnish after a disastrous accident with hand sanitiser
  • MASTERCLASS – Cellist Alisa Weilerstein discusses the first movement of the Chopin Cello Sonata
  • TECHNIQUE  – Ariadne Daskalakis on early bowing techniques for modern violinists
  • LIFE LESSONS  –  Norwegian violinist Henning Kragerrud looks back over his career so far
  • OPINION – Music of the 17th century must be given proper treatment in the conservatoire
  • FROM THE ARCHIVE  – A letter from May 1901
  • SENTIMENTAL WORK  – Legendary bassist François Rabbath recalls performing all Bach’s Cello Suites on the double bass for the first time
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