NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä perform Verklärte Nacht


An opportunity to watch a mid-pandemic performance that was originally livestreamed in June 2020


Masterclass: The Swan by Saint-Saëns


Cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt guides players on how to create the perfect image of a swan gliding through water, in this extract from the December 2021 issue

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‘The first maker of what is unambiguously a double bass’


In this extract from the December 2021 issue, Thomas Martin, George Martin and Martin Lawrence examine the beginnings of bass making in Venice

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‘Violin making thrived in the city, developing its unique identity and style, but it was perhaps when the luthiers turned their hand to making double basses that they were at their most unconstrained’
We examine the Venetian Double Bass with examples from some of the city-state's finest makers.

‘It is to be hoped that 2021 signals a turning point for Bottesini’s music, with performers and audiences enjoying his work and understanding the pivotal role he played in the development of the double bass’
Stephen Street celebrates the bicentenary of Bottesini regarded in his time as 'the Paganini of the double bass'.

''Part of my job is giving people permission to express themselves, to explore what they thought were their limits'
Manchester-based cellist, composer and vocalist Abel Selaocoe on how his South African heritage informs his genre-defying compositions

'The Cremonese spruces exhibited unnatural elemental compositions and oxidation patterns that suggested artificial manipulation' Exploring the wood treatment employed by the Cremonese masters, which may have been based on alchemical principles.

Ayke Agus shares her memories serving as assistant and accompanist to Jascha Heifetz



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Historical lutherie methods: Salts of wisdom


Remy Gug examines the treatment of wood described in several manuals of the 16th to 18th centuries, in this article from July 1987


Double Bassist magazine: Matteo Goffriller c.1708 bass


Barrie Kolstein marvels at a magnificent 18th-century instrument by Matteo Goffriller, in this feature from the Autumn 2001 issue of our now-discontinued sister publication, Double Bassist

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Hilary Hahn: Born original


Shirley Apthorp interviewed the then 19-year-old violinist Hilary Hahn for The Strad’s November 1999 issue. Here, Hahn shares her love of writing, solo Bach, her educational background and her insights on the great violinists of our time


Amit Peled: Life Lessons


The Israeli–American cellist talks about body awareness and the importance of taking the initiative


Analysis December 2021: Under the spotlight


This month, the future of UK conservatoire education will be discussed at a London conference. How can educators best help their students to become 21st-century musicians? By Peter Somerford


Competitions, Awards and Appointments: December 2021


This month’s competition results, appointments and forthcoming contests

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December 2021: Welcome


The Strad’s editor Charlotte Smith introduces the December 2021 issue


Soundpost: Letters to the Editor December 2021


A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: December 2021 issue

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Opinion: Playing the game


In addition to technical mastery, musicians need to understand the ‘game rules’ of every performing tradition and musical culture, write Dudok Quartet Amsterdam musicians Judith van Driel and David Faber


Opinion: Dare to be different


When selecting repertoire for that crucial audition it’s an advantage to avoid predictable choices, writes Julian Lloyd Webber, who suggests alternatives for cellists


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