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Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The legend of Stradivari lingers on

Ariane Todes reviews a programme that celebrates the Stradivari mythology rather than challenging it

I’ve often wondered what it must be like to be a doctor watching an episode of a medical drama such as House, ER or Casualty. Would I be throwing sharp objects at George Clooney over his surgical...

Blogs Friday, 21 June 2013

Face to face with Stradivari's finest

Philip Kass gives an expert's guide to the Ashmolean's landmark Stradivari exhibition

Blockbuster exhibitions are a staple of the museum world these days. Ever larger collections of essential masterpieces, set out so as to reveal new insights into an artist’s career, are assembled...

Blogs Monday, 17 June 2013

Lessons with Szigeti

Arnold Steinhardt tells Ariane Todes about learning from the master

I’ve just had a fascinating hour on the phone with Arnold Steinhardt, who was sharing his memories of Joseph Szigeti for our October issue. Fifty-one years after he studied with Szigeti one summer...

Blogs Sunday, 16 June 2013

James Ehnes, Charles Beare and three Strads at the Sheldonian

Ariane Todes reports from a fascinating evening for violin lovers

Who, in an ideal world, would be allowed to play the Stradivaris? I’ve often pondered this, usually while listening to an average-sounding performer whose main marketing point is their Strad. ...

Blogs Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Equal-opportunities looksism applies

Male players are under as much pressure as women to look good, argues Ariane Todes

There has been some debate in the press recently about the pressure put on female players to ‘sex-up’. Kiri Te Kanawa was interviewed talking of the pressure on opera singers to be thin...

Blogs Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The indomitable musical spirit of Ida Haendel

Ariane Todes listens to a new CD by the great violinist

No one would go to an 80-something-year-old heart surgeon for open-heart surgery. But thankfully musicians can continue making music more or less forever, and continue to provide musical aid to those...

Blogs Tuesday, 04 June 2013

Should string players astonish or please?

Ariane Todes discovers a 1904 review that raises questions still raging today

Doing some research for our October issue (an exciting project about which more soon) I came across this review of Bronislaw Huberman's London debut in the November 1904 issue of The Strad.

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Blogs Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Strauss's 'Don Juan' viola part isn't supposed to sound like this, is it?

Ariane Todes discovers that sometimes it is acceptable to laugh at a viola player

Here at The Strad we love the viola – so much so that we've devoted our whole May issue to this most soulful and versatile of instruments.

But when someone showed me this ...

Blogs Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The May issue's Spotify playlist is an exclusive all-viola affair

Listen to tracks we've specially chosen to accompany our new viola-themed issue

The May issue of The Strad is all about the viola and we've put together a special playlist for you to bring our articles to sonic life and show off the instrument in all its glory.

Listen to...

Blogs Monday, 29 April 2013

Memories of János Starker 1924–2013

Ariane Todes recalls some fascinating conversations with the legendary cellist

There are many wonderful things about my job, but probably my favourite part is interviewing players who I've always regarded as heroes. Several conversations with János Starker, by phone and...

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