Double bassist Alexander Verster performs the ‘Sonnet Mélancolique’ from Alexis de Castillon’s song cycle Six poèsies d’Armand Silvestre, op.8.
Verster’s transcription for double bass in standard orchestral tuning is available to download here and the piano score (public domain)
The Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, formed of siblings Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano), Braimah Kanneh-Mason (violin) and BBC Young Musician winning Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s arrangement of the spiritual ‘Deep River’.
Coleridge-Taylor, not to be confused with poet Samuel
In this video, violin maker and researcher Geerten Verberkmoes puts the finishing touches to a replica of a violin by Benoit Joseph Boussu, using construction methods most likely employed by the 18th-century French luthier.
Its fate was almost to be consigned to the murky depths of an Uruguayan river but it continues to delight and inspire audiences of the present day. Alessandra Barabaschi delves into the dramatic life of the ‘Mara’ Strad