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    Leonidas Kavakos on his 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivarius


    In this video from the Czech Philharmonic, Leonidas Kavakos talks about when he first fell in love with the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ Stradivari, and how it ended up in his possession 25 years later.

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    Sarah Chang - Paganini: Violin Concerto no.1, op.6


    In this video from 1995 Sarah Chang plays Paganini’s Violin Concerto no.1 with the Berlin Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The full concert is available to purchase here Read:

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    Cello quintet Sakura plays arrangement of Debussy’s 'The Girl with the Flaxen Hair'


    The Los Angeles based quintet is named in honour of Ralph Kirshbaum, with whom all five members studied: 桜 sakura (Japanese) and Kirschbaum (German) have the same meaning (cherry tree).  The quinted is formed by Michael Kaufman, Benjamin Lash, Gabriel Martins, Yoshika Masuda, and Peter Myers.

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    David Nadien plays Swan Lake Solo with Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic


    In this video, David Nadien, the New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster from 1966 to 1970, plays the Pas de deux violin solo from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Nadien was appointed by Bernstein in 1966 in what was seen as quite a controversional move: the violinist had cut his teeth in the studios and

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    Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali


    This video from World Circuit Records is a trailer for Ladilikan, the new album by Malian group Trio Da Kali with the Kronos Quartet.

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    Gordan Nikolitch plays the violin solo in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis


    In this performance at the 2011 BBC Proms, London Symphony Orchestra leader Gordan Nikolitch plays the violin solo part in the Sanctus from Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. The LSO is conducted by Sir Colin Davis and joined by the London Philharmonic Choir and LSO Chorus, and Helena Junventen

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    Maria and Nathalia Milstein play Reynaldo Hahn's À Chloris


    While recording their album The Vinteuil Sonata, which explores Marcel Proust’s musical inspirations, sisters Maria and Nathalie Milstein were filmed playing the two Reynaldo Hahn song transcriptions that appear on the Mirare disc. This film is by UNIK ACCESS (images Bénédicte Banet and sound

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    Nathan Milstein's Beethoven cadenza played on the 'Milstein' Stradivarius


    Nathan Cole, first associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays Nathan Milstein’s cadenza for the Beethoven violin concerto on the 1716 Stradivari played by the Russian American virtuoso from 1945 to the end of his career, and which took his name.

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    From Andrea Amati to Stradivari and 'del Gesù' in 12 minutes


    This is a presentation by violin maker Kevin Kelly about the Four Circle system, showing a stepwise progression from the earliest to the latest Cremonese violin designs, from a 1550 Amati to a 1741 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ and the Stradivari ‘P’ form. The presentation uses Harry Mairson’s Digit

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    A tribute to Jacqueline du Pré


    Jacqueline du Pré died 30 years ago today at the age of just 42. This film tribute was put together by Christopher Nupen for what would have been her 60th birthday in 2005. Also read: Remembering cellist Jacqueline du Pré