Isabelle Faust on decoding Mozart’s musical language in her new violin sonatas album

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January 2019 issue

The Strad January 2019 issue is out now in which acclaimed German violinist Isabelle Faust, currently recording a set of Mozart sonatas, tells us about getting to grips with the composer's musical language.

We interview Daniel Müller-Schott about the inspiration behind his latest project, a disc of Russian music that takes him back to his earliest years as a cellist; and Australian double bassist Lloyd Swanton of jazz trio The Necks tells us about free improvisation and making his music accessible to new audiences.

We also take a look at the latest music teaching and learning technology, from apps to accessories; and feature full reports from the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover and the ARD Competition in Munich.

In our regular sections:

In Focus features a violin by Guarneri 'filius Andreae' that also bears the distinctive hand of 'del Gesù'Gabriela Guadalajara details her method for bending a viola da gamba back in Trade Secrets; My Space looks at the workshop of the husband-and-wife lutherie team of Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt; and in Making Matters we hear from Steven Sirr and John Waddle on mass, density and CT scans in the second of a two-part focus on 'longitudinal arch structure'.

Our monthly Masterclass is from Lynn Harrell on Beethoven's Cello Sonata no.4; Tracy Silverman shows how to adapt guitar technique for jazz and pop violinists in Technique; Anne-Sophie Mutter tells us her Life Lessons; plus bassist Rick Stotijn on his affection for a little-known work by Joseph Marx in Sentimental Work.

We also bring you news of the latest competitions, products and auctions, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books.