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July

‘Signs of wear, cracks and replaced edgework suggest that the violin has been played intensively’
Girolamo Amati II was an almost exact contemporary of Stradivari. Barbara Meyer examines one of his early instruments, alongside one from 1719.

‘A quartet is like four people on a car journey. Every so often we get out and swap seats, because our roles are constantly changing’
Marking its 50th anniversary this year, the Brodsky Quartet has had a colourful career embracing classics and new works.

‘Hardcore Anna Magdalena followers believe the inconsistent slurs truly reflect Bach’s intentions.’
Jeffrey Solow looks at the several sources for Bach’s Cello Suites, to advance a new theory as to the genesis of his compositional process.

The members of the Heath Quartet talk to Toby Deller about their recording of works by Berg, Schoenberg and Webern, all part of the Second Viennese School.

‘The old cellists used to play with a slower bow speed, maybe sounding more introverted at times, but I like that quality.’
Some of today’s top players tell Charlotte Gardner how they incorporate the stylistic techniques of the 20th century’s greatest soloists into their own playing in lost arts of string playing.

‘Voirin’s gold-mounted bows were priced at 90 Francs whereas silver ones were 25 Francs.’
Matt Wehling presents the first of two articles about French bow maker François-Nicolas Voirin whose work had an enormous influence on the bows of the 20th century.

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Making Matters: Set the records straight

2022-07-01T07:31:00+01:00

Acoustic testing can generate a huge amount of data on a single instrument. Rainer Beilharz shows how to record it in a meaningful way for visually oriented people

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Session Report: Second Viennese journey

2022-06-30T08:32:00+01:00

Sara Wolstenholme and Christopher Murray, both of the Heath Quartet, talk to Toby Deller about their pre-pandemic recording of intense Second Viennese School quartets – music from another time and place, in more ways than one

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Hsin-Yun Huang: Life Lessons

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The Taiwanese violist on what she learnt from her early years, and her move to the UK’s Yehudi Menuhin School

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Sentimental Work: Kenneth Sillito

2022-06-22T11:05:00+01:00

Performing Benjamin Britten’s 1931 String Quartet in D major for the composer was an eye-opening experience for the former leader of the Gabrieli Quartet

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Competitions, Awards and Appointments: July 2022

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This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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Premiere of the Month: Far from home

2022-06-22T11:05:00+01:00

A Greek folk song is the inspiration for a meditative viola concerto

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July 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

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

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Analysis July 2022: Beyond priceless

2022-06-22T11:05:00+01:00

Violins by Stradivari and Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ both came up for auction at the beginning of June. Records were expected to be broken – but what is the true value of these instruments? By Peter Somerford

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July 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

2022-06-22T11:05:00+01:00

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

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Analysis July 2022: Beyond priceless

2022-06-22T11:05:00+01:00

Violins by Stradivari and Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ both came up for auction at the beginning of June. Records were expected to be broken – but what is the true value of these instruments? By Peter Somerford

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From the Women in Lutherie community: Munich-based luthier Lisa Hellmich provides a handy picture guide on how to change your strings with ease

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Looking after your instrument: a guide to cleaning and polishing

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Long read: Salted Soundboards and Sweet Sounds

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What is a soundpost? What does it do? Luthier Cecilia González from the Women in Lutherie community illustrates the enormous role of the little cylindrical piece of wood in an aim to demystify the subject for players

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Concert review: Geneva Lewis (violin) Zhanbo Zheng (viola) Julia Yang (cello) Jonathan Biss (piano)

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Concert review: Schumann Quartet

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Book review: Top Banana

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Opinion: The power of imagination

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