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Masterclass: Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider on Mozart Violin Concerto no.5


The simplicity and purity of the master’s violin concertos belie their great technical and musical demands. Violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider delves beneath the surface, in this article from August 2006

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Masterclass: Ray Chen on Mozart Violin Concerto no.3


Francesca Dego offers tips on Mozart Violin Concerto no.4 in our January 2022 issue. Here’s a throwback to January 2016, where Ray Chen gives bowings, fingerings and ideas for interpretation in the first movement of the popular G major Concerto K216


Masterclass: The Takács Quartet performs Brahms’s String Quartet no.3


Violist Richard O’Neill gives his thoughts on performing the work in the November 2021 issue


Masterclass: Richard O’Neill on Brahms’ String Quartet no.3 op.67


The Takács Quartet violist looks at the first and third movements of this well-loved B flat major work, where his instrument is thrown into a rare spotlight


Masterclass: Rainer Moog on Brahms’s Viola Sonata in F minor op.120 no.1


Viola pedagogue Rainer Moog revisits the original score for clarinet and reveals some alterations that may be better left unchanged, in this article from the August 2015 issue of The Strad

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‘I think of the countryside when I play this’ - Antoine Tamestit on the third movement of Brahms’ Viola Sonata op.120 no.1


In this extract from the August 2021 Masterclass, violist Antoine Tamestit guides us through the Austrian countryside through rustic dance and seamless legato

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Masterclass: Bach Cello Suite no.5, Prélude, by Jean-Guihen Queyras


Practical tips to help you master the challenges of this most fundamental of repertoire


Masterclass: Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro op.70


Cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt discusses how to produce a true legato and varied tone colours appropriate to this tempestuous work. From February 2016


Masterclass: A lesson in performing short pieces by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt


The cellist gives advice on how to present Fauré’s Élégie, Elgar’s Salut d’amour, and Saint-Saëns’s ‘The Swan’ with colour, contrast and expression


Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Beethoven Cello Sonata op.69


Cellist Jan Vogler explores the first movement of the first-ever sonata to give equal weight to both piano and cello


Masterclass: Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto, K172


Berlin Philharmonic bassist Edicson Ruiz advocates Viennese tuning and a period bow to bring out the best in this sonorous Classical work


The Strad Masterclass: Leon Bosch on Dragonetti's 'Famous Solo' for double bass


To say that repeated material always has to be played differently to make it interesting is a flawed interpretation of how we work as human beings' - double bassist Leon Bosch speaks about performing 'The Famous Solo' by Dragonetti to The Strad.


The Strad Masterclass: Christine Hoock on Vanhal's Double Bass Concerto


If you want someone to listen to you, you must express yourself with extreme clarity. This has to be exaggerated in front of a large audience.'


Left-hand pivots and the crab fingering system with bassist François Rabbath


The French soloist and teacher advises on how to improve intonation and dexterity on the double bass. From the October 2015 issue