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Ray Chen compares a $69 factory-made violin with a $10m Stradivari

2020-06-26T16:09:00+01:00

’Even on the open strings you can tell the difference. The Strad has this resonance, clarity and warmth’

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Stradivari violin ‘Benecke’: Unconventional Beauty

2020-06-16T16:44:00+01:00

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

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The Strad July 2020 issue

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We celebrate the centenary of the great American violinist Isaac Stern with a closer look at his chamber music performances and recordings. There’s an in-depth examination of the 1694 ‘Benecke’ Stradivari violin – an exceptional example of the master’s ‘Long Pattern’ period. Plus, leading soloists talk about writing their own cadenzas.

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