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    Leonard Elschenbroich on Brahms's cello sonata no.1

    2017-10-12T11:17:00Z

    For the German-born cellist, Brahms’s Cello Sonata in E minor op.38 brings back memories of childhood – and perhaps even further back than that

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    Nicola Benedetti on the extremes of Mozart's Violin Concerto no.5

    2017-10-11T15:15:00Z

    In this extract from the 2015 BBC documentary The Joy of Mozart, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti talks about the surprises and sheer euphoria in the fifth violin concerto, often referred to as the ‘Turkish’.

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    What I’d tell my younger self – Joel Krosnick

    2017-10-10T13:21:00Z

    Two years after his 42-season career with the Juilliard Quartet came to an end, the American cellist reflects on lessons learned

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    Midori plays the Bach Chaconne at Castle Köthen

    2017-10-06T13:30:00Z

    Midori plays the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita no.2 in D minor, BWV 1004, at the Castle of Köthen, where Bach wrote the Sonatas and Partitas during the time he served as Kapellmeister (1717-1723). Midori plays on the 1734 Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ ‘Huberman’. Read The Strad’s 7 ways to play perfect

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    9 thoughts about playing on gut strings

    2017-10-05T12:26:00Z

    We delve into The Strad archive for advice and opinion on using natural gut strings

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    Masterclass: Erik Schumann on the Haydn 'Sunrise' Quartet, first movement

    2017-09-22T12:09:00Z

    A preview of the October 2017 issue’s Masterclass, which features detailed performance suggestions and marked-up sheet music for the first violin part of the first movement of Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ Quartet, op.76 no.4

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    Becoming a better and happier musician through mindfulness and yoga

    2017-09-20T16:36:00Z

    Violinists Elena Urioste and Melissa White’s musical lives have been transformed by yoga, finding both body and mind freer and more resilient against the rigours of life as a professional musician

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    Henning Kraggerud's Musical Calendar

    2017-09-19T13:04:00Z

    In this video, recorded over the course of 2016, Norwegian violinist and composer Henning Kraggerud and his then nine-year-old daughter Alma play his Musical Calendar. Composed as a Christmas gift to friends and family in 1992, the Musical Calendar features a duet for each month of the year. All

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    Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad plays Vieuxtemps' Élégie

    2017-09-18T13:02:00Z

    Norwegian violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad is a current BBC New Generation Artist and a former winner of the Eurovision Young Musician competition (2012). Here he plays Vieuxtemps’  Élégie op.30 with pianist David Meier. Holtsmark Ringstad plays a 1768 Guadagnini viola on loan from Dextra Musica,

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    Kyung Wha Chung plays Sarasate's Caprice Basque op.24

    2017-09-14T11:31:00Z

    A brief interview followed by a performance by Kyung Wha Chung, aged 22, in her first British TV appearance in 1970. Chung’s big break in the UK had come earlier that year, when she substituted for Itzhak Perlman in a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim, leading to many