All Features articles – Page 6

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    A Master Copyist

    2019-09-04T11:00:00Z

    Gaetano Sgarabotto was renowned for making replicas of old Italian instruments – and left numerous records of his research on their makers’ styles. Focusing on his replica scrolls, Andrea Zanrè examines the secrets of Sgarabotto’s success 

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    Taste the Difference

    2019-09-04T10:00:00Z

    Burgundy’s Musique Vin festival has quickly grown from its humble origins to encompass a rich diversity of elements, not least first-rate performances from international artists and an instrument loan scheme for young musicians. Charlotte Gardner spoke to those involved in this unique project

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    All Set up and Ready to Go

    2019-09-04T09:00:00Z

    In the first of two articles looking at instrument set-up, Joseph Curtin examines the acoustic roles played by the tailpiece and fingerboard in affecting vibration, frequency and resonance 

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    Passing the Torch

    2019-07-31T16:00:00Z

    Expert encouragement in their early years helped turn the Belcea Quartet into one of today’s most formidable chamber ensembles. Twenty-five years after they started out, they talk to Tom Stewart about passing on their experience to the next generation – as well as continuing to gain knowledge themselves 

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    History is now

    2019-07-31T15:30:00Z

    Growing numbers of young musicians are incorporating elements of historically informed performance into their playing. Charlotte Gardner  investigates the reasons behind this phenomenon, explores the options for aspiring period artists and receives advice from both fledgling and long-standing practitioners

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    Life out of balance

    2019-07-31T15:25:00Z

    While many luthiers are happy making stringed instruments to the standard form, others are keen to explore the possibilities of alternative patterns. Peter Somerford discovers how asymmetric designs can affect tone quality, projection, acoustics and player comfort 

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    Session Report: Christian Tetzlaff on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

    2019-07-31T15:15:00Z

    At the end of last year violinist Christian Tetzlaff made his second official recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in two live performances, resulting in an interpretation much more in keeping with his own personal understanding of the work

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    An unexpected twist

    2019-07-31T15:10:00Z

    The few remaining guitars by Antonio Stradivari have distinctive characteristics – which proved useful when another example came to light recently in a museum collection. Emiliano Marinucci and Lorenzo Frignani tell the story

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    The Jewel of Taiwan: The Strad Calendar 2020

    2019-07-31T15:00:00Z

    The Chimei Museum in Taiwan houses the largest collection of stringed instruments in the world.The Strad Calendar 2020 marks 30 years since its founding, as Dai-Ting Chung and Andrew Guan highlight some of the remarkable treasures within its walls

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    Leonidas Kavakos: Social Harmony

    2019-07-30T13:00:00Z

    Violinist Leonidas Kavakos this year presented his eighth Musical Horizons Conservatory masterclass series. Toby Deller attended the three-day event in Athens, during which Kavakos proved himself to be not only an intelligent and dedicated teacher, but also an advocate of social cohesion and personal responsibility through music

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    Leon Bosch: Irrepressible Drive

    2019-07-17T00:10:00Z

    South African-born double bassist Leon Bosch has held top orchestral posts and performed as a soloist on multiple international stages since arriving in the UK in 1982. But, as he tells Kimon Daltas , now is not the time to rest on his laurels, as new works and new challenges ...

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    Northern double bass makers: Northern lights

    2019-07-17T00:07:00Z

    The 19th century witnessed a thriving double bass making scene in the Manchester area of England. This northern school, which had its own distinct style points, flourished for a longer time than its southern counterpart, as Thomas Martin, Martin Lawrence and George Martin explain

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    First principles of violin making: Music of the Spheres

    2019-07-17T00:03:00Z

    In an age of little numeracy or literacy, how did luthiers settle on the proportions of stringed instruments, with hardly any variation in their basic design? François Denis shows how the principles of the classical Greeks – notably Pythagoras – informed their thinking

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    Eduard Melkus: Testament to Versatility

    2019-07-17T00:01:00Z

    Austrian violinist and violist Eduard Melkus turned 90 last year. Tully Potter speaks to colleagues, former pupils and the man himself – and outlines a far more diverse and varied career than his reputation for early music performance would suggest 

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    Bach Renewed: Antoine Tamestit

    2019-06-27T13:07:00Z

    French violist Antoine Tamestit releases not one but two albums of Bach arrangements in 2019: the viola da gamba sonatas and the Goldberg Variations for string trio. He reveals his innovatory and thoughtful approach to these challenging works in conversation with Carlos María Solare 

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    Curiouser and curiouser

    2019-06-01T13:36:00Z

    Was the 1672 ‘Mahler’ the first viola ever made by Antonio Stradivari? As Jonathan Marolle explains, this is just one of the unanswerable questions that arise when studying this fascinating instrument

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    Power of two

    2019-06-01T12:01:00Z

    In early May, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta premiered Akin , a new double concerto written for them by Michel van der Aa. Pwyll ap Siôn attended this performance, in Cologne, Germany, and spoke to composer and soloists about bringing the work to the stage

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    In the mix

    2019-06-01T11:08:00Z

    The Edinburgh Quartet recently selected its 2019 apprentice, following a round of public auditions featuring performances from nine young musicians. As the training programme enters its third session, Toby Deller discovers a unique opportunity for rehearsal and performance    

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    A measured approach

    2019-06-01T10:11:00Z

    Although the many varied methods of stringed instrument making have been analysed countless times, the actual production process has hardly been questioned in its 450-year history. Luan Amorim and Amanda Schwegler use techniques taken from engineering to survey the time and cost factors – and come up with some unusual ...

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    Where there’s a will there’s a way

    2019-05-31T10:28:00Z

    During two months in Uganda, Pauline Harding learns about the indigenous one-stringed endingidi, and discovers how difficult it can be to learn an instrument in a country whose education system lends little support for arts training