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  • Inside This Month - February 2017

     

    • Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume’s ‘Evangelists’ quartet of matched instruments, made in 1863
    • French cellist and viola da gamba player Christophe Coin on historically informed performance
    • The long, rich history of French folk fiddling
    • The role of chamber music course ProQuartet in encouraging quartet playing in France
    • Sheet music masterclass – Paul Silverthorne on the final movement of Brahms’s Viola Sonata no.2

     

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Photo galleries: View Stradivari’s ‘Messiah’ violin from all angles, as it was displayed in Cremona’s Museo del Violino for its 300th anniversary; Extra photos of Vuillaume’s famed ‘Evangelists’ quartet; Close-ups and details of this month’s In Focus instrument, a c.1767 violin by G.B. Gabrielli; Extra images of Patrick Robin’s workshop near Angers, France, as featured in My Space

Audio: In Sentimental Work, double bassist Leon Bosch discusses Bottesini’s Elegy and Tarantella – listen to a clip of him performing the Elegy; Chris Haigh delves into the world of French folk fiddling, complete with examples of the larid√©, rigodon,¬†valse du fluteux de Marcy, and danca du veire; As always, clips from February’s ‘Strad Recommends’ CDs

Weblinks: Extra content to accompany Ros Stephen’s article on playing with a relaxed fourth finger, including exercises and pieces for performance

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