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Sarah Chang: The American violinist on her 30-year career and taking on more chamber and contemporary projects | November 2019 issue | The Strad

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Turning Over a New Leaf

Since her professional debut almost 30 years ago, Sarah Chang has maintained a glittering solo performing and recording career. But, as she tells Charlotte Smith, her more recent desire to take on ‘passion projects’ has led to fulfilling chamber and contemporary collaborations

Bright Young Things

The New York String Orchestra Seminar, one of America’s first orchestral training programmes for young musicians, celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2018. Bruce Hodges attended rehearsals and concerts of the landmark season, and looks ahead to the ensemble’s December 2019 edition

First Class

Despite achieving a high level of quality, the American bow makers of the early 20th century have languished in obscurity – until now. Raphael Gold explores the lives of Frank Kovanda, Ernst Lohberg and Anders Halvarson, who all learnt their craft in the Chicago workshop of William Lewis & Son

Defining a Nation

For many classical enthusiasts Brazilian music can be summed up in the folk-inspired compositions of Villa-Lobos. Naxos’s multivolume series The Music of Brazil is set to broaden awareness, beginning with several 19th- and 20th-century composers whose string and orchestral works at once mirrored and defied their country’s colonial history, writes ...

Views on the Bridge

In the second of two articles on set-up, Joseph Curtin investigates the acoustical role of the violin bridge and the interconnected relationships between mass, frequency and resonance

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Turning Over a New Leaf

Since her professional debut almost 30 years ago, Sarah Chang has maintained a glittering solo performing and recording career. But, as she tells Charlotte Smith, her more recent desire to take on ‘passion projects’ has led to fulfilling chamber and contemporary collaborations

Playing

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Sentimental Work: Alisa Weilerstein on Mozart’s Don Giovanni

The climactic scene between Don Giovanni and the Commendatore was the American cellist’s bedtime listening for years – and has stayed with her for even longer

Lutherie

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Views on the Bridge

In the second of two articles on set-up, Joseph Curtin investigates the acoustical role of the violin bridge and the interconnected relationships between mass, frequency and resonance

Trade Secrets

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Trade Secrets: Arching, channelling and edgework

A method that unites all three parts of the making process, for a more coherent and efficient way of working