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Making Matters: Stability of top and back plates

2024-02-20T09:02:00+00:00

Christian Bayon reveals the results of several years’ experimentation with improving the stability of a violin’s top and back plates without compromising the sound quality

Novo (first place) pc Anne-Laure Lechat

Postcard from Switzerland: Concours de Genève String Quartet edition

2024-02-12T09:31:00+00:00

Musical and emotional maturity made for an artistic, rather than competitive, experience at the Concours de Genève String Quartet edition, as Rita Fernandes found

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In Focus: A 1786 violin by G.B. Guadagnini

2024-02-09T09:31:00+00:00

John Dilworth examines a violin made in the last year of the master luthier’s life

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All-female string quartets after the First World War

2024-02-08T09:01:00+00:00

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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Elias Placht: how one man founded the violin making tradition of Schönbach

2024-02-07T09:31:00+00:00

By the early 20th century, the town of Schönbach was producing tens of thousands of violins per year – but the industry began with just one man. Christian Hoyer sifts through the records to reveal the life and legacy of Elias Placht

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Making Matters: Stability of top and back plates

2024-02-20T09:02:00+00:00

Christian Bayon reveals the results of several years’ experimentation with improving the stability of a violin’s top and back plates without compromising the sound quality

Novo (first place) pc Anne-Laure Lechat

Postcard from Switzerland: Concours de Genève String Quartet edition

2024-02-12T09:31:00+00:00

Musical and emotional maturity made for an artistic, rather than competitive, experience at the Concours de Genève String Quartet edition, as Rita Fernandes found

T25736_Ebsworth Quartet L to R Elizabeth Hunt Eleanor Warren Eileen Ebsworth Phyllis Ebsworth

All-female string quartets after the First World War

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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German bow makers in America: Across the Atlantic

Many, if not most, of the earliest bow makers working in America originally hailed from Germany. Raphael Gold discovers how they helped lay the foundations for the industry

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Sphinx Organization: Change for good

For the past quarter-century the Sphinx Organization has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed diversity to the US classical music scene. Bruce Hodges examines its achievements, and hears from its founder and its president about the future

RCM students rehearsing at Wigmore Hall (c) Phil Rowley

'When someone is healthy inside, it sounds that way' - Mental health services in conservatoires

Rita Fernandes hears from administrators, counsellors and teachers from music schools about what defines a successful conservatoire mental health support system

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Grace, charm and effortless elegance: remembering violinist Jacques Thibaud

To mark the 70th anniversary of the death of French violinist Jacques Thibaud, Tully Potter looks back at the life of one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians

T25736_Ebsworth Quartet L to R Elizabeth Hunt Eleanor Warren Eileen Ebsworth Phyllis Ebsworth

All-female string quartets after the First World War

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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Masterclass: Ravel Violin Sonata no.2, second movement ‘Blues’

Violinist Curtis Stewart looks at how to get the most from the different styles Ravel used, and how questions that arise from their juxtaposition are arguably more important than answers

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Masterclass: Brahms Violin Sonata no.2 first movement

Taking inspiration from the composer’s Lieder, violinist Daniel Kurganov highlights the importance of emulating vocal lines in the second of Brahms’s violin sonatas

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Technique: Viola sound production

Simon Rowland-Jones presents strategies using balance to create a free viola sound

Masterclass: Lynn Harrell on Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4

Cellist Lynn Harrell considers challenges and contemporary concepts in the first movement of a sonata conceived entirely in the imagination of a deaf composer. From January 2019

Trade Secrets: Preparing the neck-block on a violin before scroll carving

Katharina Neumüller presents an efficient, accurate method for the earlier parts of neck carving, before working on the scroll

T25736_Ebsworth Quartet L to R Elizabeth Hunt Eleanor Warren Eileen Ebsworth Phyllis Ebsworth

All-female string quartets after the First World War

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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German bow makers in America: Across the Atlantic

Many, if not most, of the earliest bow makers working in America originally hailed from Germany. Raphael Gold discovers how they helped lay the foundations for the industry

Sphinx+Virtuosi+-+New+World+Center+-+credit+Scott+Jackson

Sphinx Organization: Change for good

For the past quarter-century the Sphinx Organization has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed diversity to the US classical music scene. Bruce Hodges examines its achievements, and hears from its founder and its president about the future

RCM students rehearsing at Wigmore Hall (c) Phil Rowley

'When someone is healthy inside, it sounds that way' - Mental health services in conservatoires

Rita Fernandes hears from administrators, counsellors and teachers from music schools about what defines a successful conservatoire mental health support system

Jacques_Thibaud_01

Grace, charm and effortless elegance: remembering violinist Jacques Thibaud

To mark the 70th anniversary of the death of French violinist Jacques Thibaud, Tully Potter looks back at the life of one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians

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Twisted History: Female violinists and the Brahms concerto

Tatjana Goldberg takes a closer look at the group of female violinists spreading Brahms’s violin concerto worldwide

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    Violin maker Otto Schünemann: A Romantic visionary

    Although Otto Schünemann’s violins were praised by everyone from Vuillaume to Sarasate, his name is barely recognised today. Clifford Hall tells the story of this idealistic luthier who strove to bring the glories of the Cremonese masters to 19th-century Germany

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    In Focus: A c.1800 violin by Joseph Panormo

    Andrew Fairfax on the UK-based Italian maker’s turn-of-the-century instrument

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    The Strad Calendar 2024: The Fulton collection

    The Strad Calendar 2024 pays tribute to one of the 20th century’s finest stringed instrument collections, put together in just a couple of decades by American violin collector David L. Fulton. Christian Lloyd examines the treasures

Great Instruments

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The Fulton collection: Magnificent obsession

For decades, top soloists would visit the home of David Fulton to sample the treasures of his legendary collection. Now dispersed, the instruments have been brought together again in book form. The collector shares some of the highlights with Christian Lloyd

Great Instruments

Dave & Lord Wilton

The Fulton collection: Magnificent obsession

For decades, top soloists would visit the home of David Fulton to sample the treasures of his legendary collection. Now dispersed, the instruments have been brought together again in book form. The collector shares some of the highlights with Christian Lloyd

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