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The Strad's newly redesigned January 2015 issue is on sale now, featuring Danish ensemble the Nightingale Quartet on championing their nation's music †• particularly that of neglected post-Romantic composer Rued Langgaard.
We also delve deeper into the music of Langgaard with an assessment of his compositions for strings; analyse Stradivari's scrolls and ask whether idiosyncrasies in the maker's pegbox design and chamfer carving could have been deliberate; and talk to Zakhar Bron †• respected tutor of Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov †• about his teaching philosophies.
In our regular sections: In Focus gives a close-up view of a 1737 cello by G.F. Celoniato; Dan Weisshaar discusses making and fitting spiral bushings for peghole repair in Trade Secrets; Australian maker Olaf Grawert invites us into his workshop in My Space; Daniel Hope guides us through 'Winter' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons in Masterclass; cellist and pedagogue Julie Albers discusses left- and right-hand coordination in our new Technique section; violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja takes us through her Practice Diary; three teachers advise on how to correct tension in the bow arm of a young student in Ask the Experts; and veteran violinist Ida Haendel talks about Brahms's Violin Concerto as her Sentimental Work.
We also bring you news of the latest competitions, products and auctions, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books.