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  • Amit Peled
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    Sentimental Work: Amit Peled

    2021-03-04T12:00:00Z

    Bloch’s Prayer was the Israeli–American cellist’s entry to understanding Jewish music – and in fact provides a perfect example of ‘the Jewish sonata form’

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    Sentimental Work: Camille Thomas

    2021-02-02T14:18:00Z

    The Franco-Belgian cellist gave an impassioned premiere performance of Fazil Say’s cello concerto ‘Never Give Up’ in 2018, and has now recorded the piece for Deutsche Grammophon 

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    String Recycling: New Life from Old Strings

    2021-01-25T09:02:00Z

    The structure and shape of strings make them difficult and costly to recycle. But that hasn’t stopped some manufacturers from tackling the challenge, and even extracting metal from old strings to use in new ones, writes Tom Stewart

  • John Georgiadis LSO
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    Leadership and diplomacy: how to be a good orchestral concertmaster

    2021-01-07T11:20:00Z

    A piece from our archive in which former concertmaster John Georgiadis, who died on Tuesday, tells Julian Haylock his memories of the London Symphony Orchestra

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    Sentimental Work: Narek Hakhnazaryan

    2020-12-22T11:30:00Z

    For the Armenian cellist, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations allows for incredible freedom of expression – and even has the ability to heal

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    Sentimental Work: Ray Chen

    2020-11-23T13:46:00Z

    The Preludio and Gavotte en Rondeau from Bach’s Violin Partita no.3 were the violinist’s key to the Sonatas and Partitas – and provide meaning in the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic

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    Sentimental Work: Amanda Forsyth

    2020-10-13T00:25:00Z

    For the Canadian cellist, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote is a rollercoaster ride through all the composer’s Romantic works, as well as a huge physical challenge

  • AnssiKarttunen
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    Sentimental Work: Anssi Karttunen

    2020-10-06T13:15:00Z

    For the Finnish cellist, Magnus Lindberg’s Cello Concerto no.2 embodies his lifelong working relationship with the composer, through a complex set of emotions

  • Music on Wheels
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    How do you make a music school on a bus?

    2020-09-25T09:59:00Z

    Petru Cotarcea, founder of Lyceum Music, explains how he set up his music school on a London double-decker bus

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    Sentimental Work: Tasmin Little

    2020-08-13T16:33:00Z

    The Brahms Violin Concerto has been at the heart of several of the British violinist’s most memorable performances

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    Sentimental Work: Vadim Repin

    2020-07-28T09:00:00Z

    Despite a shaky beginning, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no.2 has become one of the most beloved pieces in the Russian violinist’s repertoire

  • RobyLakatos
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    Sentimental Work: Roby Lakatos

    2020-06-18T11:11:00Z

    ‘The devil’s fiddler’ explains why Monti ’s Csárdás has been a mainstay of his repertoire since the earliest days – and why it still brings out the creativity in him and his collaborators

  • StevenIsserlis
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    Sentimental Work: Steven Isserlis

    2020-05-29T12:27:00Z

    Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4 was the gateway the British cellist needed to understand the myriad delights and complexities of the composer’s work

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    Sentimental Work: Maxim Vengerov

    2020-05-04T13:33:00Z

    The First Violin Concerto by Shostakovich brings back memories of the Russian violinist’s first meeting with Mstislav Rostropovich – an encounter that blossomed into firm friendship

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    Sentimental Work: Anne-Sophie Mutter on Penderecki’s Metamorphosen

    2020-03-30T10:40:00Z

    Interviewed for The Strad August 2018, Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses Penderecki’s Second Violin Concerto, a work that harbours undiscovered secrets

  • How are soloists coping with the lockdown
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    How are string soloists coping with the coronavirus lock down?

    2020-03-27T13:11:00Z

    As social distancing causes unprecedented disruption to concert schedules around the world, several soloists share their coping strategies and plans for the future.

  • Mary-Elizabeth Brown
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    How to set yourself up as an online string teacher

    2020-03-25T13:04:00Z

    Violinist and longtime distance-teacher Mary-Elizabeth Brown presents an essential guide to teaching online, from setting up a home studio and preparing your students, to safeguarding and health safety. With tips on adapting your teaching methods for the online environment 

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    Sentimental Work: Julia Fischer

    2020-03-17T23:35:00Z

    Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins BWV1043 has been one of the German violinist’s constant companions – and is still a rich learning experience with each performance

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    How knowledge of physics can improve your sound

    2020-03-05T09:55:00Z

    Understanding the basic physics of string movement can help us produce a richer, more ringing tone, says professor of violin Wendy Case

  • Sam Zygmuntowicz matched quartet
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    Matched quartets: a dream commission?

    2020-03-02T15:43:00Z

    What does a string quartet look for when commissioning a matching set of instruments, and how do luthiers go about fulfilling such a project?