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    Historically informed performance: Baroque revolution

    2022-05-16T07:31:00Z

    Historically informed performance requires no secret code, argues Baroque violin professor Walter S. Reiter. The information is out there for the taking, and modern music colleges need to get ahead of the game

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    Session Report: A royal consort

    2022-05-12T07:16:00Z

    Richard Boothby of Fretwork speaks to Robin Stowell about the ensemble’s recording of fantasias for viol consort by Thomas Lupo, the Italian who made a name for himself at Queen Elizabeth I’s court

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    Pietro Castrucci: Resurrecting a Baroque maverick

    2022-05-11T10:01:00Z

    When Gerald Elias unearthed music by the little-known London-based 18th‑century composer and virtuoso violinist Pietro Castrucci, he discovered a unique and independent musical voice

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    August Rau: The old-fashioned way

    2022-05-10T07:55:00Z

    At a time when bow making in Germany was leaning towards industrialisation, August Rau kept up the tradition of independent craftsmanship. Gennady Filimonov tells the story of his long career and examines several examples of his work

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    Paul Makanowitzky: From prodigy to pedagogue

    2022-05-04T08:25:00Z

    Swedish-born violinist Paul Makanowitzky ultimately helped create the American school of violin playing. David Hays explores his life and multifaceted career

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    Violin making in Seoul: Gangnam style

    2022-04-27T09:30:00Z

    Over the past decade, a wide community of violin and bow makers has grown up in the Seocho district of Seoul. Luthier Hagit Gili Gluska speaks to colleagues young and old, both local and from overseas, who have made this area their home

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    Viktoria Mullova: Her infinite variety

    2022-04-25T08:51:00Z

    Violinist Viktoria Mullova talks to Toby Deller about her eclectic musical collaborations, mastering the art of improvisation, experimenting with technique, and her new Schubert recording with pianist Alasdair Beatson

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    Pekka Kuusisto, a green violinist

    2022-04-21T10:51:00Z

    Elegy for the Forest, Pekka Kuusisto’s short film made in collaboration with Greenpeace, aims to build awareness of deforestation. He speaks to Peter Quantrill about combining art and activism

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    Leonard Rose: All about the bow

    2022-04-12T08:19:00Z

    American cellist Leonard Rose was a consummate performer and pedagogue, whose velvety tone was the result of complete mastery of the bow arm. Oskar Falta explores some of his bowing theories and speaks to former students about his teaching techniques. From November 2020

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    Jacob Stainer’s birth: A question of dates

    2022-04-11T09:30:00Z

    For centuries, historians have tried to settle on a definitive birthdate for Tyrolean luthier Jacob Stainer. Heinz Noflatscher explains how we now have an upper limit for his birth year – and why researchers were foxed by the elegant handwriting of the master

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    Otherlands: Music in other lands

    2022-04-06T09:29:00Z

    In 2019, American five-string fiddler Casey Driessen and his family took off around the world for nine months for his music-sharing project Otherlands: A Global Music Exploration. In a tantalising snapshot of his journey, often into the musical unknown, he recalls meeting and playing with some of the great regional ...

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    Johannes Moser: Surrounded by sound

    2022-03-23T09:40:00Z

    The German–Canadian cellist Johannes Moser embraces experimentation. He talks to Peter Quantrill about channelling his inner Jimi Hendrix and exploring the sound of the electric cello which, alongside the conventional cello, features in his latest recordings for Platoon 

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    Schroetter and Roth: Two of a kind

    2022-03-23T09:37:00Z

    With the demand for mass-produced German instruments skyrocketing in the 1920s, enterprising makers sent family members to America to represent them. Clifford Hall explores the careers and legacies of Andrew Schroetter and Heinrich Roth

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    Session Report: A meeting at the crossroads

    2022-03-23T09:37:00Z

    For violinist Rachel Podger and pianist Christopher Glynn, recording Beethoven’s violin sonatas, which occupy the stormy transitional period between Classicism and Romanticism, brought together their disparate musical specialisms, as they tell Harry White

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    Luigi Cavallini: A maker in the rough

    2022-03-18T11:26:00Z

    Tuscany in the 19th century was home to numerous luthiers, some of whom were carpenters who turned their hands to instrument making. Florian Leonhard examines the career of Luigi Cavallini, a lesser-known self-taught maker whose work, while unusual in parts, displays a surprisingly high level of craftsmanship

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    Two Shapiros: musical doubles

    2022-03-11T12:15:00Z

    Though unrelated by birth, US violinists Eudice Shapiro and Frances Shapiro (later Magnes) forged parallel careers which provide a fascinating insight into the lives of female musicians during the mid-20th century, writes Tully Potter

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    Early lutherie experience: The journeyman years

    2022-02-23T09:36:00Z

    The time spent between finishing at violin making school and striking out on your own can be critical to a luthier’s learning experience. Peter Somerford finds out what makers should expect from their first jobs in a workshop – and how they can make the most of their time

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    Leonidas Kavakos: Deep thinker

    2022-02-23T09:36:00Z

    For Leonidas Kavakos, recording Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas has been the culmination of a 30‑year artistic journey and, as the violinist tells Charlotte Smith, the works have a pertinent message for our troubled times

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    Coleridge-Taylor violin and chamber music: From fame to footnote

    2022-02-23T09:36:00Z

    Despite his prolific output, the works of British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor have been performed relatively infrequently in the century following his death. Tatjana Goldberg explores his chamber and violin music, particularly the Violin Concerto, and his fruitful artistic partnership with pioneering US violinist Maud Powell

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    Session Report: Landscape of shadows

    2022-02-23T09:35:00Z

    Cellist Laura van der Heijden talks to Tom Stewart about the subtle, often other-worldly atmosphere inhabited by Czech and Hungarian music in her new recording with pianist Jâms Coleman