August 2018

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  • Doric Quartet: Celebrating two decades together, the UK-based foursome are discovering how Classical-era bows affect their sound and technique 
  • The secrets of Lutherie Competitions
  • Meeting the masters of non-classical arrangements
  • Henryk Szeryng at 100: landmark interview with his still living wife Waltraud
  • The Arcadia Quartet on recording Bartók
  • Violin making in Hungary after the fall of communism
  • In Focus: An 1812 Giuseppe Marconcini violin
  • Trade Secrets: US luthier Berl Mendenhall gives his personal method for purfling
  • My Space: Palestinian luthier Shehada Shalalda
  • Making Matters: Restoring an unusual violin that saw action in the First World War 
  • Life Lessons: The memories and opinions of Australian violist and composer Brett Dean
  • Opinion: Do string players need to be able to ‘take ownership’ of their own recorded sound?
  • Postcard from China: Report on a chamber music festival and competition in Shanghai
  • Masterclass: Jonathan Brown, violist with the Casals Quartet, on Beethoven’s F major Quartet
  • Technique: Chris West gives tips for double bassists on thumb position
  • Sentimental Work: Anne-Sophie Mutter on what Penderecki’s Metamorphosen means to her

In this month’s digital edition, we take a privileged peek into the new ‘Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names’ exhibition of Baroque instruments in Piedmont, Italy, and get further into this month’s In Focus instrument, a fascinating violin from 1812 by Giuseppe Marconcini – including interior photos and a comparison showing the evolution of his scrolls. There are more workshop images from this month’s My Space denizen, Palestinian luthier Shehada Shalalda, and we delve further into the world of Hungarian violin making, with extra photos of makers past and present.

We also include audio clips from some of this month’s featured stars, including the Doric Quartet with its upcoming Mendelssohn recording, Anne-Sophie Mutter with her Sentimental Work (Penderecki’s Metamorphosen) and archive clips of Henryk Szeryng, who would have been 100 years old this year. Plus, as ever, a chance to hear the three recordings with the coveted ‘The Strad Recommends’ sticker.

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