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The Strads December edition examine the ‘Willemotte’ violin of 1734 – a masterpiece of Stradivari’s late period, now owned by Leonidas Kavakos. There’s an article on a newly discovered cadenza to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by Vieuxtemps, and a look at the history of the viola d’amore. Plus, how to run a successful chamber music programme for school-age students and Alban Gerhardt’s Masterclass on Saint- Saëns’s First Cello Concerto.

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