LATEST BLOGS

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

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...

Blogs Wednesday, 17 April 2013

What do wine and violins have in common?

What can we learn about violin experiments from wine connoisseurs? Ariane Todes fills her glass in the name of research

I’ve taken part in a few violin blind tests in my time, but yesterday evening I experienced my first wine one, as part of the La Musica chamber music festival in Sarasota, Florida. It was billed...

Blogs Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Colin Davis 1927–2013: a personal tribute

Ariane Todes reflects on the great conductor’s generosity with amateur musicians

There are many things to be said about the late Colin Davis as a conductor and many people better qualified than I to say them. My perspective is that of the amateur musician – and we’re...

Blogs Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Pauline Scott recalls Ivan Galamian's inspirational teaching

'You weren’t aware of him or of yourself. The focus was entirely on what you were doing'

In the March issue of The Strad, violin teacher Pauline Scott, recently retired from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, answers questions on her techniques for our Ask the Teacher feature...

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