All Historical articles – Page 5

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    The thief, his wife and the 'Huberman' Strad

    2019-02-08T12:54:00Z

    The ‘Gibson, Huberman’ Stradivari now owned by Joshua Bell has a history worthy of a blockbuster thriller. Stolen twice in the 20th century, the second time it remained undiscovered for nearly 50 years despite being played in public regularly by its thief. In this article from January 1998, Carla Shapreau ...

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    In focus: 1751 violin by G.B. Guadagnini

    2019-02-01T15:13:00Z

    One of two by the maker owned by Adolph Brodsky, it has a good claim to being the one on which he premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto, writes Stewart Pollens

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    Why musicians should appeal against the ivory act

    2019-01-31T14:03:00Z

    Benjamin Hebbert on the ethical tightrope of campaigning for exemptions to the Ivory Act while supporting its aim to put a stop to the slaughter of elephants

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    In focus: c.1737 cello by G.F. Celoniato

    2019-01-23T12:10:00Z

    From a Turinese maker with a relatively short but successful career, from which only a handful of instruments survive, comes this elegant cello. Article by Simon Morris

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    Frank Peter Zimmermann talks violins

    2019-01-22T17:57:00Z

    In this video, Frank Peter Zimmermann describes what it means to have a long-term relationship with your instrument, and how you know which violin is right for you.

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    Rostropovich's record-breaking Guadagnini on loan to Torleif Thedéen

    2019-01-18T12:01:00Z

    Norwegian musical instrument foundation bought the cello for nearly £2m from an auction of the great Russian’s collection

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    In focus: the 1706 'Brott-Turner/Schumacher' Tecchler cello

    2019-01-07T11:55:00Z

    Tom Wilder examines an instrument in an excellent state of preservation by the foremost maker of the Roman school. From the September 2014 issue of The Strad

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    In focus: 1850 violin by Giuseppe Rocca

    2018-12-12T11:50:00Z

    John Dilworth examines a violin from the height of Rocca’s powers, after he left the Pressenda workshop to strike out on his own. From the January 2011 issue of The Strad

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    In focus: 1764 violin by Giovanni Battista Gabrielli

    2018-12-05T13:09:00Z

    In this article from the February 2009 issue, Gabriele Rossi Rognoni examines an instrument by probably the most prominent Florentine maker, about whom very little information survives. Photographs by Marco Rabatti, Serge Domingie

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    Photographing a Stradivarius

    2018-11-29T13:17:00Z

    In this video from 2013, still life photographer Søren Jonesen photographs the 1714 ‘Yoldi-Moldenhauer’ Stradivari. The photoshoot was organised by Danish high-end digital photography company Phase One working with Andy Lim of Darling Publications, which printed a monograph featuring the photos and history of the instrument. The concept was ...

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    In focus: The ‘Wieniawski’ Stradivarius of 1719

    2018-11-28T12:38:00Z

    In this article from the May 2009 issue, Florian Leonhard takes a close look at a violin which ’encapsulates everything that made Antonio Stradivari such a legendary figure’. Photographs by Richard Valencia

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    In focus: violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, 1891

    2018-11-07T11:02:00Z

    Sean Bishop examines a violin by the most prolific and finest Neapolitan makers of the second half of the 19th century. From the January 2008 issue. Photographs by Richard Valencia [click ‘+’ to zoom]

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    The 1707 'Stella' Stradivarius

    2018-11-02T15:23:00Z

    Our 2019 calendar brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari, all of which were on display at the Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, where the video below was taken. Text by Alessandra Barabaschi 

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    The 1724 'Cecil' Stradivarius – a masterpiece unseen and unheard

    2018-10-31T12:59:00Z

    Despite having been examined by some of the best-known experts in history, the violin has spent centuries largely hidden – until now. John Dilworth examines one of the least regarded instruments by the Cremonese master

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    The Strad Calendar 2019: the ‘Kustendyke’ Stradivarius of 1699

    2018-10-24T13:39:00Z

    Our 2019 calendar brings together twelve of the finest instruments ever made by Antonio Stradivari, all of which were on display at the Tokyo Stradivarius Festival, where the video below was taken. Description by Alessandra Barabaschi 

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    In focus: an 1859 violin by Nicolas-François Vuillaume

    2018-10-24T09:46:00Z

    Roland Baumgartner examines a violin representing a free interpretation of the work of Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, by J.B. Vuillaume’s younger brother [click ‘+’ to zoom]

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    The secrets of the Brescian lutherie tradition

    2018-10-04T13:33:00Z

    While the Cremonese making tradition has been well documented, that of neighbouring Brescia has remained mysterious. Evan Davenport examines the available evidence for clues to the working methods of the region

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    In focus: a 1927 'Stroh' violin by Buffa Baretti

    2018-09-28T12:25:00Z

    In this article from the January 2012 issue of The Strad, Christopher Germain examines the history and construction of an unusual horn violin made in Trieste

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    In focus: an 1800 viola by Giovanni Gagliano

    2018-09-26T13:30:00Z

    Carlo Chiesa takes a look at a viola which makes up in warm and powerful sound what it may lack in luxury materials [click ‘+’ to zoom]

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    Piecing together the history of the
    'Mara' Stradivari cello

    2018-09-17T11:45:00Z

    Its fate was almost to be consigned to the murky depths of an Uruguayan river but it continues to delight and inspire audiences of the present day. Alessandra Barabaschi delves into the dramatic life of the ‘Mara’ Strad