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Andrew Dipper takes a close look at the 1693 Antonio Stradivari 'Harrison' violin a prime example of the master luthier’s ‘Long Pattern’ and used to be the principal performing instrument of Kyung Wha Chung.

The Czech violinist Pavel Šporcl tells Amanda Holloway about his world-premiere recording of Jan Kubelík’s First Concerto – and why he chooses to play a blue violin.

Thomas Eisner of the London Philharmonic Orchestra reveals what went on when he joined the orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival this past summer.

Born 275 years ago François Xavier Tourte, displayed his creativity in every bow he crafted. Paul Childs compares and contrasts two examples from his late period.

Peter Quantrill talks to cellist Pablo Ferrández about his collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter on a recording of Brahms and Clara Schumann.

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Hilary Hahn: Born original

2022-11-28T10:53:00+00:00

From 1999: Hahn shares her love of writing, solo Bach, her educational background and her insights on the great violinists of our time

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The most important violin in the world? - The 1716 ‘Messiah’ Stradivari violin

2022-11-25T08:49:00+00:00

Stradivari’s 1716 ‘Messiah’ violin has beguiled with its pristine condition for 300 years, despite having remained mute for most of that time. John Dilworth examines the mystique surrounding this enigmatic instrument that still refuses to give up its secrets

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CT-Scanning the ‘Messiah’ Stradivari violin

2022-11-25T08:30:00+00:00

In 2016 the ‘Messiah’ Stradivari was the subject of an extensive CT scanning project. Francesco Piasentini and Gregg Alf examine the resulting data, discovering repair work in the neck, and attempt to determine how it had originally been set

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Blue Sky Teaching: Using creative approaches to refine students’ technique

2022-11-24T11:09:00+00:00

In our June 2019 issue, Judith Kogan spoke with three string teachers, all based in North America and whose unique ideas are achieving significant results

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Hilary Hahn: Born original

2022-11-28T10:53:00+00:00

From 1999: Hahn shares her love of writing, solo Bach, her educational background and her insights on the great violinists of our time

Premium ❘ Feature

The most important violin in the world? - The 1716 ‘Messiah’ Stradivari violin

2022-11-25T08:49:00+00:00

Stradivari’s 1716 ‘Messiah’ violin has beguiled with its pristine condition for 300 years, despite having remained mute for most of that time. John Dilworth examines the mystique surrounding this enigmatic instrument that still refuses to give up its secrets

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‘Keeping the accompanist on his toes’ - Postcard from Santander

2022-11-21T08:36:00+00:00

Tim Homfray travels to the northern coast of Spain to experience a unique gathering of young chamber players and master musicians

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‘Its brilliance overwhelmed me with emotion’ - Philippe Quint on Franck’s Violin Sonata

2022-11-14T08:36:00+00:00

The Russian-born American violinist shares how César Franck’s masterpiece opened his eyes to the vast possibilities of Romantic repertoire

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‘The orchestra is a constantly changing echo chamber’ - Premiere of the Month: Electric echoes

2022-11-11T08:15:00+00:00

A Baroque-inspired piece for electric violin and acoustic ensemble

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‘Fairies and magic to folk music and spooky sounds’ - Premiere of the month: In uncertain terms

2022-11-09T08:31:00+00:00

A string ensemble work that’s difficult to pin down

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Analysis December 2022: A safe space for musicians?

2022-11-11T08:45:00+00:00

As the UK government holds an inquiry into misogyny in music, the Musicians’ Union calls for further action to safeguard female players.

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December 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

2022-11-09T08:33:00+00:00

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

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Analysis December 2022: A safe space for musicians?

2022-11-11T08:45:00+00:00

As the UK government holds an inquiry into misogyny in music, the Musicians’ Union calls for further action to safeguard female players.

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December 2022: Editor’s welcome and contents

2022-11-09T08:33:00+00:00

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

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The most important violin in the world? - The 1716 ‘Messiah’ Stradivari violin

2022-11-25T08:49:00+00:00

Stradivari’s 1716 ‘Messiah’ violin has beguiled with its pristine condition for 300 years, despite having remained mute for most of that time. John Dilworth examines the mystique surrounding this enigmatic instrument that still refuses to give up its secrets

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CT-Scanning the ‘Messiah’ Stradivari violin

2022-11-25T08:30:00+00:00

In 2016 the ‘Messiah’ Stradivari was the subject of an extensive CT scanning project. Francesco Piasentini and Gregg Alf examine the resulting data, discovering repair work in the neck, and attempt to determine how it had originally been set

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Do instruments made by the same maker have a distinct sound character?

2022-11-22T14:17:00+00:00

Violin maker Jacob von der Lippe explores this question, via a recording of works performed by various musicians on his instruments

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In Focus: A 1756 baroque cello by Robert Duncan

2022-11-22T08:29:00+00:00

David Rattray on the Scottish maker’s mid-18th-century baroque cello

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The Strad Calendar 2023: c.1610 Maggini viola

2022-11-22T08:28:00+00:00

This large and beautiful-sounding viola features a one-piece spruce front with unusually wide grain

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Concert review: Momenta Quartet

2022-11-25T08:29:00+00:00By Bruce Hodges

Bruce Hodges attends New York’s Broadway Presbyterian Church on 16 September 2022 for a performance of works by Julián Carrillo

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Concert review: Parlando

2022-11-24T08:59:00+00:00By Leah Hollingsworth

Leah Hollingsworth attends New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center, on 22 September 2022 for the performance of Reena Esmail, Debussy and Beethoven

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Concert review: Lara St John (violin)

2022-11-23T10:20:00+00:00By Leah Hollingsworth

Leah Hollingsworth hears an eclectic performance at New York’s Crypt at the Church of the Intercession on 29 September 2022

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Portrait: Alex Baranowski, La Pietà/Angèle Dubeau (violin)

2022-11-28T08:22:00+00:00By David Kettle

A programme best taken in small doses rather than swallowed whole

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Zuill Bailey: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

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A brand-new cello concerto from a Pulitzer prize-winner

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Villiers Quartet: Smyth, Delius

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A Delius discovery is brought to life with compelling musicianship

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Book review: The Creative Worlds of Joseph Joachim

2022-11-09T08:22:21.3+00:00By Robin Stowell

Robin Stowell reviews a collection of papers on the 19th-century violin virtuoso, edited by Valerie Woodring Goertzen and Robert Whitehouse Eshbach

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Book review: The Caldersmith Papers: Writings on Guitar and Violin Acoustics

2022-11-09T08:22:00+00:00By Jim Woodhouse

Jim Woodhouse reviews a collection of papers by Australian luthier and researcher Graham Caldersmith, from the 1970s to 2000s

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Book review: Got Beethoven: My First 40 Years with the Brodsky Quartet

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Tully Potter reviews the second volume of memoirs by the Brodsky Quartet’s Paul Cassidy, in which he recalls his time with the foursome

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Opinion: how chamber music develops communication and listening skills

2022-11-09T08:36:00+00:00

Violist Rosalind Ventris shares her experience of the transformative power of playing chamber music

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Opinion: How teachers can help students deal with feelings of futility and despair

2022-10-17T07:48:00+01:00

Neesa Sunar explores how teachers can call on their own experience to help pupils struggling with feelings of sadness or futility

Debate

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Opinion: how chamber music develops communication and listening skills

2022-11-09T08:36:00+00:00

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Opinion: How teachers can help students deal with feelings of futility and despair

2022-10-17T07:48:00+01:00

Neesa Sunar explores how teachers can call on their own experience to help pupils struggling with feelings of sadness or futility

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    Concert review: Momenta Quartet

    2022-11-25T08:29:00+00:00

    Bruce Hodges attends New York’s Broadway Presbyterian Church on 16 September 2022 for a performance of works by Julián Carrillo

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    Concert review: Parlando

    2022-11-24T08:59:00+00:00

    Leah Hollingsworth attends New York’s Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center, on 22 September 2022 for the performance of Reena Esmail, Debussy and Beethoven

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    Concert review: Lara St John (violin)

    2022-11-23T10:20:00+00:00

    Leah Hollingsworth hears an eclectic performance at New York’s Crypt at the Church of the Intercession on 29 September 2022

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