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Blogs Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Recording the soundtrack to Gravity

William Schofield, cellist with the Emperor Quartet and Academy of St Martin in the Fields, describes recording the soundtrack to the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated film

Recording sessions can be run in a number of ways, usually determined by the particular use. For a classical session you will want to record in a natural acoustic, aiming to create an impression of ...

Focus Wednesday, 05 February 2014

8 pieces of advice for happy string quartets

Words of instruction and inspiration from the pages of The Strad

‘At whatever age and level of accomplishment the players may be, the basics of quartet playing are the same, and they are principally to do with communication. First young players have to learn...

Focus Tuesday, 04 February 2014

A potted history of Dragonetti – the ‘Paganini of the double bass’

He was Europe’s first – and the world’s finest – virtuoso double bassist, who was admired by Beethoven and granted favour by Napoleon. But the story of Domenico Dragonetti is shrouded in intrigue: who was the man they called ‘Il Drago’?

1763: Born in Venice, the son of a poor barber who plays the kettle drums. As a child he receives violin instruction from a local shoemaker, who persuades him to take up the bass. &lsquo...

News Tuesday, 04 February 2014

Anonymous owner of stolen 'Lipinski' Stradivarius violin issues statement

A reward of $100,000 has also been offered for information leading to the instrument's safe return

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond posted a message of personal thanks on his website yesterday for 'the avalanche of goodwill', following the theft of the 300-year-old ...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

The Strad February 2014 issue is on sale now

Double bass issue celebrates the talent and creativity in today’s double bass world

The February issue of The Strad is on sale now, in which we celebrate a new golden age of the double bass. In our cover story, six rising young bass players discuss what attracted them...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja appointed artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) of Minnesota, US, has chosen violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as its artistic partner for the 20014–15 season.

Kopatchinskaja, who is from Moldova...

News Monday, 03 February 2014

Cellist Alexander Ivashkin has died aged 65

The Russian cellist premiered a large number of works throughout his career by such composers as Schnittke and Penderecki

Russian cellist, teacher and writer Alexander Ivashkin died on 31 January at the age of 65. It was at the advice of Mstislav Rostropovich that he pursued an international performing career, becoming...

Focus Friday, 31 January 2014

Bringing true ensemble playing to your string quartet

In the following excerpt from an article on string quartet playing, published in The Strad, April 1908, our writer offers advice on achieving cohesion – and interest – in your group playing

When once a quartet is formed, intuitive playing together ought to be the main idea to which the players should devote their attention. If four good instrumentalists were set down to perform a quartet...

Debate Friday, 31 January 2014

Why we should question our prejudices

The string world has overcome many preconceptions, but there’s still room for improvement, says Ariane Todes

The start of a new decade is a good chance to take stock, to look at our progress as a community. I don’t think I’d shock anyone if I described our world as generally a conservative...

News Thursday, 30 January 2014

Scientists reveal secrets of string quartet synchrony

Researchers from the UK’s Royal Academy of Music (RAM) and University of Birmingham and the University of Münster in Germany say they have discovered a way of analysing how musicians in a...

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