All Fine-Contemporary articles – Page 10

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    From the Archive: a Carlo Antonio Testore violin, 1743

    2015-01-19T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of a Carlo Antonio Testore violin was published in The Strad, November 1916. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: Much of the work of the Testore family is roughly or carelessly finished, but that this was due to any lack of executive skill ...

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    5 solutions to slipping violin pegs

    2015-01-12T00:00:00Z

    Online piano and violin tutor Alison Sparrow demonstrates five ways to prevent slipping violin pegs. Subscribe  to The Strad or download  our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here .

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    Violinist Leonidas Kavakos sues luthier for snapping $80,000 bow

    2015-01-07T00:00:00Z

    The artist took his bow to a violin shop in California to investigate the cause of a curvature

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    Violist Lech Antonio Uszynski performs the 'Gibson' Stradivarius on Polish television

    2015-01-06T00:00:00Z

    Violist Lech Antonio Uszynski performs a Polish Caprice by Grazyna Bacewicz on the 'Gibson' Stradivarius on Polish television. Subscribe  to The Strad or download  our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here .

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    From the Archive: a Pierre Silvestre violin, Lyons 1847

    2015-01-05T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of a Pierre Silvestre violin was published in The Strad, May 1916. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: I have met with other Silvestre instruments which in beauty of material have equalled or surpassed the illustrated instrument, but taking all points of workmanship, ...

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    Chinese collector buys 1727 Stradivarius violin

    2015-01-05T00:00:00Z

    The instrument is the first Stradivarius to be owned by a private individual based on the Chinese mainland

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    From the Archive: an Antonio Gragnani violin, 1750

    2014-12-29T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of an Antonio Gragnani violin was published in The Strad, March 1916. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: Made in Leghorn, Italy, Gragnani’s instruments almost always possess a good tone, and on occasion he could, and did produce examples of good form and ...

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    From the Archive: a Zanetto viola

    2014-12-22T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of a Zanetto viola was published in The Strad, January 1917. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: I am not acquainted with any English fiddle books which throw much light on Peregrino (or Pelegrino) Michelis di Zanetto, the maker of this extremely interesting ...

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    Stolen viola found smashed in vacant lot

    2014-12-19T00:00:00Z

    The 1790 French instrument had been taken during a Philadelphia house robbery

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    Steven Isserlis on period instruments and his Stradivarius cello

    2014-12-19T00:00:00Z

    I have always said that playing on an authentic or period instrument is like acting Shakespeare with original pronunciation. It will makes some things simpler and clearer' Steven Isserlis talks about his love of period instruments and his Stradivarius cello ahead of performances with the Academy of Ancient ...

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    Yehudi Menuhin tries out a Stradivarius violin at Sotheby's

    2014-12-15T00:00:00Z

    Yehudi Menuhin tries out a Stradivarius violin at auction house Sotheby's in 1971 before the instrument goes on sale. Subscribe  to The Strad or download  our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial. To purchase single issues click here .

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    From the Archive: an Antonio Mariani violin

    2014-12-15T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of an Antonio Mariani, Pesaro violin was published in The Strad, July 1916. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: The instrument here illustrated has a remarkably fine tone, despite the inelegant and somewhat primitive design which characterises the work of Mariani. It is ...

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    Instruments of today and yesterday at Collège Saint Martin, Angers

    2014-12-15T00:00:00Z

    Collège Saint Martin in Angers, France is hosting an exhibition of instruments from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, plus contemporary examples, until 4 January 2015. The 'Vibrations and Resonances' collection is aimed at introducing people in the region to the 'vitality of the violin' and also involves local violin ...

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    The Campanula, featuring 16 sympathetic strings

    2014-12-10T00:00:00Z

    The Campanula, a 20-stringed instrument named after the bell flower, was given a rare outing at the Musical Instrument Museum in Berlin during November, performed by Berlin Philharmonic cellist Georg Faust. The concert of Bach and Mozart followed the first Campanula Festival, held in the small town of ...

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    From the Archive: a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù violin, 1736

    2014-12-08T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù violin was published in The Strad, July 1915. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: This instrument has the most beautiful tone. It measures 13 ¾ inches in length of body, upper bouts 6 9/16 inches across, lower ...

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    Violin made from 16,000 matchsticks is performed in concert

    2014-12-02T00:00:00Z

    A matchstick violin was heard for the first time in Poland in January 2014. The instrument was constructed by Polish bricklayer Jan GwiŠ¼dŠ¼ in 1937 from 16,000 burnt matchsticks, accumulated over a period of eight years. Initially generating some interest and going on display in the Eiffel Tower ...

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    How to make a viola tennis racket

    2014-12-01T00:00:00Z

    Leading British violist Graham Oppenheimer demonstrates the ultimate viola joke by turning his instrument into a tennis racket † complete with expanding foam and ultra tough glaze. Those of a nervous disposition should look away now! Oppenheimer contributes a Masterclass feature on the viola part of Dvorák's Piano ...

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    From the Archive: a Gennaro Gagliano violin

    2014-12-01T00:00:00Z

    This illustration of a Gennaro Gagliano violin was published in The Strad, September 1915. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs: The names of Alexander, and his eldest son Niccolo, were familiar amongst our British fiddlers long before that of Gennaro came to the fore. Today, ...

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    Mastermind of $5m ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin theft receives seven-year prison sentence

    2014-11-11T00:00:00Z

    Salah Salahadyn orchestrated the January 2014 stun gun attack on Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond

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    Stradivarius violin is top lot at Beare’s first online auction

    2014-11-06T00:00:00Z

    The c.1698 instrument went for £1.7m during the sale in Late October