We examine five centuries of alteration to the Amati 'King' cello

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June 2015 issue

The Strad’s June 2015 issue is on sale now in which Matthew Zeller examine five centuries of alteration to the world's oldest cello †• the Andrea Amati 'King', housed at the National Music Museum in South Dakota.

Elsewhere in the the issue, British ensemble the Carducci Quartet discuss taking on Shostakovich's complete cycle; we consider the legacy of Russian-born cellist and teacher Gregor Piatigorsky, who helped popularise the cello as a solo instrument in the US; actors and musicians explain the benefits of theatre techniques to string players; and Tully Potter investigates the playing career of Hungarian-born violinist Leopold Auer.

In our regular sections: In Focus gives a close-up view of a 1720 cello by Michele PlatnerCollin Gallahue discusses his method for colouring boxwood pegs in Trade Secrets; Singapore-based luthier Per Ovesen invites us into his workshop in My Space; violinist Christian Tetzlaff guides us through the first movement of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in Masterclass; violin professor Mimi Zweigconsiders the foundations of violin playing in Technique; cellist Alisa Weilerstein takes us through her Practice Diary; luthiers and dealers explain why the prices of mid-range instruments can vary so much in Ask the Experts; and violinist Hilary Hahn talks about Vieuxtemps's Violin Concerto no.4 as her Sentimental Work.

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In the June 2015 issue

  • Carducci Quartet Photo Tom Barnes

    Premium ❘ Feature

    Seeing the light

    This August the musicians of the Carducci Quartet will take on one of the great quartet challenges when they mark 40 years since Shostakovich’s death by performing his complete quartet cycle in a single day. They share their reasons for doing so with Chloe Cutts

  • dana trometer

    Feature

    Acting the Part

    How can techniques usually confined to the acting world benefit string players on stage? Pauline Harding goes back to school to find out

  • Robot

    Debate

    Music critics should be more tolerant of individual interpretations

    Reviewers with too prescriptive a view on how a piece of music should be played miss a fundamental point: that performers are entitled to their own artistic vision, says Toby Deller