Historical

  • Torleif Thedeen with 1783 Guadagnini
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    Rostropovich's record-breaking Guadagnini on loan to Torleif Thedéen

    2019-01-18T12:01:00Z

    Norwegian musical instrument foundation bought the cello for nearly £2m from an auction of the great Russian’s collection

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    In focus: the 1706 'Brott-Turner/Schumacher' Tecchler cello

    2019-01-07T11:55:00Z

    Tom Wilder examines an instrument in an excellent state of preservation by the foremost maker of the Roman school. From the September 2014 issue of The Strad

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    In focus: 1850 violin by Giuseppe Rocca

    2018-12-12T11:50:00Z

    John Dilworth examines a violin from the height of Rocca’s powers, after he left the Pressenda workshop to strike out on his own. From the January 2011 issue of The Strad

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    In focus: 1764 violin by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli

    2018-12-05T13:09:00Z

    In this article from the February 2009 issue, Gabriele Rossi Rognoni examines an instrument by probably the most prominent Florentine maker, about whom very little information survives. Photographs by Marco Rabatti, Serge Domingie

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    Photographing a Stradivarius

    2018-11-29T13:17:00Z

    In this video from 2013, still life photographer Søren Jonesen photographs the 1714 ‘Yoldi-Moldenhauer’ Stradivari. The photoshoot was organised by Danish high-end digital photography company Phase One working with Andy Lim of Darling Publications, which printed a monograph featuring the photos and

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    In focus: The ‘Wieniawski’ Stradivarius of 1719

    2018-11-28T12:38:00Z

    In this article from the May 2009 issue, Florian Leonhard takes a close look at a violin which ’encapsulates everything that made Antonio Stradivari such a legendary figure’. Photographs by Richard Valencia

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    In focus: violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, 1891

    2018-11-07T11:02:00Z

    Sean Bishop examines a violin by the most prolific and finest Neapolitan makers of the second half of the 19th century. From the January 2008 issue. Photographs by Richard Valencia [click ‘+’ to zoom]

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    The 1707 'Stella' Stradivarius

    2018-11-02T15:23:00Z

    Our 2019 calendar brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari, all of which were on display at the Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, where the video below was taken. Text by Alessandra Barabaschi

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    House surveys are standard practice, so why not instrument surveys?

    2018-10-31T14:00:00Z

    With the case of the disgraced violin dealer Dietmar Machold still fresh, in this article from the December 2011 issue Roger Hargrave argued that buyers should insist that dealers provide full condition reports

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    The 1724 'Cecil' Stradivarius – a masterpiece unseen and unheard

    2018-10-31T12:59:00Z

    Despite having been examined by some of the best-known experts in history, the violin has spent centuries largely hidden – until now. John Dilworth examines one of the least regarded instruments by the Cremonese master