May 2019

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  • Shanghai Quartet: Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the members of the pioneering chamber group tell Charlotte Smith about China, Beethoven, and their instruments
  • Shostakovich violin works: In discussion with Julia Fischer, Vadim Gluzman and Gidon Kremer
  • Session report: Trio con Brio Copenhagen on recording all of Beethoven’s piano trios
  • Yoga and string playing: The benefits and where to start
  • Life Lessons: Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanov
  • Opinion: British violinists on the world stage
  • Postcard from Stradfest: What happened at The Strad ’s first event for young string players?
  • Masterclass: Philippe Graffin on Ravel’s Violin Sonata no.2 in G major
  • Technique: Ilya Kaler gives his thoughts on playing continuous vibrato
  • Sentimental Work: Rivka Golani’s love of Michael Colgrass’s viola concerto Chaconne
  • Stradivari’s moulds: Philip Ihle and Andrea Zanrè on matching the master’s violins with the surviving forms
  • Varnish analysis: The secrets of varnishes by Stainer, Maggini, Gasparo da Salò and others
  • In Focus: A violin made in 1937 by the Genoa-based luthier Paolo De Barbier
  • Trade Secrets: William Castle’s intricate method for cutting f-holes
  • My Space: The workshop of Dutch luthiers Jaap Bolink and Annelies Steinhauer
  • Making Matters: The story of an opulent case that once housed the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivari

 

Plus in this month’s digital edition:

This month’s bumper 168-page digital edition includes our free Degrees 2019–20 supplement in its entirety - with all the institutions’ weblinks and email addresses clickable, so you can go straight to to conservatoire or Hochschule you want. Plus: 

  • Extra photos from Stradfest, The Strad’s first event for up-and-coming string players
  • My Space: Jaap Bolink and Annelies Steinhauer show us around their Hilversum workshop
  • In Focus: extra images of our featured instrument, a violin by Genoese luthier Paolo de Barbieri
  • Making Matters: photos of a beautiful case that once housed the ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivari
  • Session Report: hear clips from Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s latest Beethoven release on Orchid Classics
  • Reviews: as ever, audio from the three recordings this month honoured with the scintillating title ‘The Strad Recommends’

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