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‘I had two identities’ - Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte

2022-01-26T13:20:35.307+00:00

Our February 2022 issue cover star discusses his diverse musical influences, from musical theatre, modern Russian violin playing, to playing with the Baroque ensemble  Les Arts Florissants

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February

‘I don’t know why there’s this perception that baroque music is for educated people. It’s kind of sad’
Charlotte Gardner talks to Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte about his quest to popularise the works of long-lost composers.

‘Where a typical ebony bow frog would have a mortise at the back, in these bows it was moved all the way forward to the other end’
Michel Samson examines the unusual frog designs in Vuillaume’s ‘Alard’ Bows and why this innovation has been disregarded until now.

‘Illustrious yet unknown’
Exploring the career of the violinist and composer Pierre Baillot '(1771-1842) and his importance to the French school of playing .

‘The idea of renewal, we thought, was also pretty apt given the context of being in a pandemic and hopefully emerging from it, eventually' Julian Azkoul, artistic director of the United Strings of Europe on how its second album Renewal combines the themes of transformation and loss.

Examining Cremonese Violin Moulds to present a theory showing how 16th-century luthiers may have based their violin proportions on musical principles

‘A story is a story – it doesn’t matter what culture or whatever. If your craft is to tell stories… you have to learn to tell that story' Founder of the Arco Project Louise Lansdown reveals its success.

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Théotime Langlois de Swarte: Dramatic flair

2022-01-26T00:20:00+00:00

French Baroque violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte has released four albums in a little over a year. He shares with Charlotte Gardner the origins of his dream of uncovering the works of long-forgotten composers – and how that project has come to fruition

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Vuillaume’s ‘Alard’ bows: Small but beautiful

2022-01-26T00:19:00+00:00

In the extensive literature concerning Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, there is very little about one of his more remarkable innovations: a refinement of the bow frog design that can be seen on many examples from his workshop. Michel Samson explains how the so-called ‘Alard’ bow was designed to make life easier for ...

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Sentimental Work: Philippe Graffin

2022-01-25T23:59:00+00:00

For the Elgar Violin Concerto, the French violinist has taken advice from Yehudi Menuhin, Josef Gingold and Roger Norrington – as well as the composer’s original manuscript

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Opinion: Live for the moment

2022-01-25T23:58:05.68+00:00

Classical musicians and audiences can learn from stand-up comedy shows, where there’s a naturalness and immediacy of interaction between performers and the crowd, writes Rita Fernandes

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Analysis February 2022: You raise me up

2022-01-25T23:58:33.51+00:00

An online community founded by and for women in lutherie has grown in leaps and bounds over the past three years. What are the benefits for the female contingent? By Harry White

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: February 2022

2022-01-25T23:58:29.16+00:00

This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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February 2022: Welcome

2022-01-26T00:00:00+00:00

The Strad’s editor Charlotte Smith introduces the February 2022 issue

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Products February 2022: Dolfinos Cello Grip-Foot

2022-01-25T23:58:20.153+00:00

A new cello stop designed to offer freedom of movement and reliable stability

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Opinion: Live for the moment

2022-01-25T23:58:05.68+00:00

Classical musicians and audiences can learn from stand-up comedy shows, where there’s a naturalness and immediacy of interaction between performers and the crowd, writes Rita Fernandes

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Opinion: To speak plainly

2022-01-07T12:15:00+00:00

Teaching a young student with Down’s syndrome has taught Jacqueline Vanasse the value of simple concepts and hands-on rewards

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