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Isaac Stern: Generosity of Spirit

In celebration of Isaac Stern’s centenary this month,Tully Potter  surveys the great violinist’s many and varied chamber music collaborations

Stradivari violin ‘Benecke’: Unconventional Beauty

The 1694 ‘Benecke’ violin is a masterpiece of Stradivari’s ‘Long Pattern’. Andrea Zanrè and Rudolf Hopfner take a look at this exquisite example, detailing its provenance and revealing what CT scans can tell us about its construction

Writing a Cadenza: Creativity Unchained

Cadenza writing has enjoyed a renewed surge in popularity over recent years. Pauline Harding talks to soloists, teachers and competition jurors about why the trend has been growing, and why more performers should take the plunge

Session Report: Different Voices

At a recording session for the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam’s latest Haydn release, Peter Quantrill finds an ensemble at ease with themselves, their producer and the exacting process of creating Classical ‘perfection’

Alma Moodie: From Praise to Obscurity

Australian-born violinist Alma Moodie was a celebrated performer in her day – a protégée of Carl Flesch who collaborated with many leading composers. However, her contribution to the violin canon has been largely forgotten, writes Tatjana Goldberg

Vihuela de Arco: Unlocking the secrets of the past

A popular instrument of the Middle Ages, the vihuela de arco is only known today from contemporary references and pictures. Javier Martínez explains its significance in the history of bowed instruments, and debunks some of the myths surrounding it

Cover story

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Isaac Stern: Generosity of Spirit

In celebration of Isaac Stern’s centenary this month,Tully Potter  surveys the great violinist’s many and varied chamber music collaborations

Playing

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Writing a Cadenza: Creativity Unchained

Cadenza writing has enjoyed a renewed surge in popularity over recent years. Pauline Harding talks to soloists, teachers and competition jurors about why the trend has been growing, and why more performers should take the plunge

Lutherie

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Stradivari violin ‘Benecke’: Unconventional Beauty

The 1694 ‘Benecke’ violin is a masterpiece of Stradivari’s ‘Long Pattern’. Andrea Zanrè and Rudolf Hopfner take a look at this exquisite example, detailing its provenance and revealing what CT scans can tell us about its construction

Trade Secrets

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Trade Secrets: Designing a bridge for a violin with distorted arching

A solution to a common problem in antique instruments

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