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The Strad’s May 2016 issue is on sale now, in which we celebrate the centenary of legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin. French documentary maker Bruno Monsaingeon speaks to Tully Potter about making more than a dozen films with Menuhin; Oliver Sodden examines the life and string output of composer Priaulx Rainer, who was commissioned and championed by Menuhin; we take a photographic tour through Menuhin's life with images and documents from the Royal Academy of Music's Foyle Menuhin Archive; and those who knew Menuhin personally - including Daniel Hope and Tasmin Little - speak about his legacy.
In our regular sections: the new Masterclass series continues with cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, who marks up the sheet music for Grieg's Cello Sonata; In Focus gives a close-up view of Yehudi Menuhin's favourite violin, the 1742 'Lord Wilton' Guarneri 'del Gesù'; Andrew Carruthers shares his method for cello rib doubling using silk and a vacuum bag in Trade Secrets; Scottish luthier Colin Adamson invites us into his workshop in My Space; violist Louise Lansdown gives shifting tips in Technique; the Escher Quartet take us through their Practice Diary; three teachers suggest methods for helping a young pupil with intonation problems in Ask the Experts; and violinist Leila Josefowicz talks about John Adams’s Violin Concerto in Sentimental Work.
The issue also includes our Degrees 2016-17supplement, including listings of international courses for string players and teachers, and the Cremona 2016 supplement, the official magazine of Cremona Mondomusica.
We also bring you news of the latest competitions, products and auctions, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books.