February 2019

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  • Bruno Philippe: The young French cellist, releasing his first album as an official Harmonia Mundi artist, talks gut strings, competitions, and the pros and cons of old and new instruments
  • Jacques-Pierre Thibout: His evolution through ten instruments
  • Session Report: Leila Josefowicz on Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Violin Concerto
  • Eugène Sartory: the story of a long court case over imitations
  • Philippe Graffin on discovering a lost Ysaÿe Sonata
  • What makes South Korean violinists so successful in competitions?
  • In Focus: Roland Baumgartner examines an 1893 violin by Gustave Bernardel
  • Trade Secrets: Nicolas Gilles’s detailed and intricate method for making oil varnish
  • My Space: Noémie Viaud, a French luthier now living and working in Denmarklatt
  • Making Matters: Geerten Verberkmoes on the unusual techniques of the French maker Boussu
  • Life Lessons: The thoughts, opinions and wisdom of double bassist François Rabbath
  • Postcard from China: The Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s Viva la Viola festival
  • Masterclass: Daniel Hope on the second movement of the Franck Violin Sonata
  • Technique: Double bassist Alex Henery gives tips on controlling left-hand finger pressure
  • Sentimental Work: Gautier Capuçon on his love for Schumann’s cello and piano works

In this month’s bumper digital edition:

  • Auctions: View front and back images of some of the top instruments sold at last year’s London sales
  • Bruno Philippe: enjoy clips from the French cellist’s latest CD of Rachmaninoff and Myaskovsky while reading what he has to say about them
  • Eugène Sartory: documents from the notorious court case, including the certificates Sartory produced to prove his claims
  • Philippe Graffin: clips from the version of Ysaÿe’s Sixth Violin Sonata, recently uncovered and recorded by the French violinist
  • In Focus: more from this month’s featured instrument, an 1893 violin by Gustave Bernardel
  • From the Archive: female violinists demonstrate the latest fashions, to accompany an article from 1919
  • More from the Polish concert at Carnegie Hall, where three string quartets joined forces to celebrate the country’s Independence Da
  • And of course, hear snippets of the three recordings which earned this month’s ‘The Strad Recommends’ labels 

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