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August

‘If I want the bigger Sibelius symphonies in my life, the Bruckners and Mahlers, then I am going to have to learn to conduct’
Adventurous violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks to Andrew Mellor about his predilection for finding new challenges – including a recent shift to the conductor’s podium.

‘The presence of Calcium soap on the “Spagnoletti” indicates the use of a lubricant’
Giacomo Fiocco reports on a recent study of a trio of Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ instruments, examining everything from the varnish composition to the f-hole design.

‘I had never quite prepared for my musical performances in the way that I had for my sports matches.’
Taking inspiration from sports science, Berenice Beverley Zammit reports on how string players can physically prepare themselves for peak performance.

‘What appealed to me most was this viola’s soft quality. This was the sound through which I wanted to express myself’
Violist Hélène Clément tells Carlos María Solare about her latest recording of works by two accomplished viola players: Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten.

‘It is fascinating that the frog shares some of the distinctive features of the head.’
Richard Morency identifies some of Eugène Sartory’s. working methods through a detailed examination of one of his middle-period bows

‘I don’t know where I’d be without yoga. The better my body is working, the more efficient I can be’
Multifaceted violinist Elena Urioste talks with Toby Deller about everything from yoga to starting up her own festival.

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'The better my body is working, the more efficient I can be' - Elena Urioste: She’s like a rainbow

2022-08-08T10:31:00+01:00

The award-winning violinist Elena Urioste has many strands to her career. She speaks to Toby Deller about making her BBC Proms debut, yoga, chamber music with friends, and how she kept the music alive during lockdown

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My Space: Martin Krause

2022-08-08T09:31:00+01:00

The luthier, based in Saarbrücken, Germany, invites us into his workshop

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‘It’s not about you; it’s about the music’: Helena Rathbone’s life lessons

2022-08-01T09:42:00+01:00

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s British principal violinist considers the pivotal role of chamber music throughout her career

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Contending for the crown: Postcard from the 2022 Queen Elisabeth Competition

2022-07-25T10:18:00+01:00

At the second-ever cello edition of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, twelve world-class cellists competed for the top prize in gruelling finals attended by the Belgian queen herself. Pauline Harding reports

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: August 2022

2022-07-20T00:45:00+01:00

This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: Emerging patterns

2022-07-20T00:33:00+01:00

A piece for strings, about strings

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Analysis August 2022: ‘Teachers and examiners have been very patient, but it’s been frustrating for everyone’

2022-07-27T21:32:00+01:00

Music teachers and students have recently expressed concerns about the ABRSM, the UK’s leading music examining board. How is it responding to the criticism? By Peter Somerford

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August 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

2022-07-20T00:46:00+01:00

The Strad’s editor Emma Baker introduces the August 2022 issue

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Analysis August 2022: ‘Teachers and examiners have been very patient, but it’s been frustrating for everyone’

2022-07-27T21:32:00+01:00

Music teachers and students have recently expressed concerns about the ABRSM, the UK’s leading music examining board. How is it responding to the criticism? By Peter Somerford

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August 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

2022-07-20T00:46:00+01:00

The Strad’s editor Emma Baker introduces the August 2022 issue

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My Space: Martin Krause

2022-08-08T09:31:00+01:00

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Three 1734 Guarneris: Three of a kind

2022-08-08T06:48:00+01:00

Reseachers based at Cremona’s Museo del Violino recently had the chance to examine three priceless violins made by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘del Gesu’ in the same year – 1734. Giacomo Fiocco explains the technical methods used to analyse the trio, and what they revealed about the surface materials and design idiosyncrasies

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Revealing Sartory's secrets: A look at one of the 20th century's finest bow makers

2022-08-03T08:40:00+01:00

Often called the finest bow maker of the 20th century, Eugène Sartory was a fastidious artisan whose work shows efficiency and reliability. Richard Morency examines a bow from Sartory’s middle period to reveal his working methods

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In Focus: A 1766 cello by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi

2022-08-02T08:32:00+01:00

Philip Brown looks at the Milanese maker’s mid-century instrument

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Nicolò Gagliano violin recovered in Berlin

2022-07-27T09:50:00+01:00

The priceless instrument, missing for three years, was discovered by police conducting a different investigation

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‘Every day there is something new’: Pekka Kuusisto on the c.1709 ‘Scotta’ Stradivari violin

2022-07-26T11:10:00+01:00

Recently loaned the instrument by a patron through Tarisio, the violinist shares his thoughts on playing this ’golden period’ Strad

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Concert review: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello) Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano)

2022-07-28T20:52:00+01:00By Leah Hollingsworth

Leah Hollingsworth hears the performance of Beethoven, Shostakovich, Bridge and Britten at the Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore on 1 May 2022

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Concert review: Henning Kraggerud (violin) Adrian Brendel (cello) Imogen Cooper (piano)

2022-07-22T07:57:00+01:00By Edward Bhesania

Edward Bhesania visits London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 15 May 2022 for the performance of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms

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Concert review: Arabella Steinbacher (violin) Philharmonia Orchestra/Marin Alsop

2022-07-21T00:17:00+01:00By

Tim Homfray hears the performance of Britten’s Violin Concerto at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 May 2022

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Itamar Zorman: Violin Odyssey

2022-08-08T09:00:00+01:00By Edward Bhesania

Violinistic byways brought to life with élan in this lockdown project

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Christian Ferras: The SWR Recordings

2022-08-04T22:15:00+01:00

A fitting, if mixed, tribute to one of the great violinists of the 20th century

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective: Coleridge-Taylor

2022-08-04T01:01:00+01:00By

Persuasive accounts of this at-times impressive student fare

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Book review: Antonio & Isaac

2022-07-20T00:16:00+01:00By Julian Haylock

Julian Haylock reads Todd Shimoda’s novel imagining what might have happened if Antonio Stradivari had met Sir Isaac Newton

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Book review: The Luthier’s Manual by J.C. Maugin

2022-07-20T00:15:00+01:00By Andrew Dipper

Andrew Dipper delves into a new translation of the 19th-century treatise by John Saucier, W. Brad Holley and Kate Rickenbacker

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Book review: Top Banana

2022-06-22T11:02:00+01:00By Alex Laing

Alex Laing reviews the latest series of pieces for young players, from string pedagogues and authors Celia Cobb and Naomi Yandell

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9 tips on playing the Ravel and Debussy quartets

2022-07-26T11:00:00+01:00

Franck Chevalier, viola player of the Quatuor Diotima, gives advice on how to approach the most celebrated French additions to the quartet repertoire

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Opinion: A teenage cellist on spreading the love for classical music

2022-07-20T00:36:00+01:00

Megan Clarke, a 16-year-old cellist in the National Youth Orchestra, is on a mission to communicate her love of classical music to other young people

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9 tips on playing the Ravel and Debussy quartets

2022-07-26T11:00:00+01:00

Franck Chevalier, viola player of the Quatuor Diotima, gives advice on how to approach the most celebrated French additions to the quartet repertoire

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Opinion: A teenage cellist on spreading the love for classical music

2022-07-20T00:36:00+01:00

Megan Clarke, a 16-year-old cellist in the National Youth Orchestra, is on a mission to communicate her love of classical music to other young people

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