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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