Violinist Carolin Widmann features in a German-focused issue

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CAROLIN WIDMANN: The German violinist talks to David Kettle about her return to the concert stage and her feelings about being labelled a ‘contemporary music specialist’

THE 12 CELLISTS: Made up of the cello section of the Berlin Philharmonic, the ensemble marked its 50th birthday last year. Katinka Welz talks to some of its current members

BARON JOHANN KNOOP: During his lifetime, the German collector owned more than 40 fine instruments, including two Stradivari quartets. Clifford Hall discovers the man behind the name

LUTHERIE TIME AND LABOUR: Should the price of a new instrument be determined by how long it takes to make? Benjamin Schilbach gives tips on how to calculate an hourly rate

SESSION REPORT: Violinists Jeremy Isaac and John Mills of the Tippett Quartet tell Jessica Duchen about the group’s latest project, a recording of all the Korngold string quartets

HUMIDITY: Musicians and luthiers give their thoughts on how best to combat the problems associated with different climates, in conversation with Jacqueline Vanasse


In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS: An 1824 violin by Nicolas Lupot

TRADE SECRETS: A method for making and fitting purfling using fish glue

MY SPACE: Julia Jostes and Simon Eberl give a tour of their workshop in Lübeck, Germany

MAKING MATTERS: Milo Stamm gives tips on joining the wood for the top and back plates

MASTERCLASS: Amit Peled on the second movement of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4

TECHNIQUE: US bassist Rob Nairn discusses performing with gut strings on the double bass

LIFE LESSONS: With violinist Pierre Amoyal

OPINION: Rodrigo Moro Martin argues for flexibility in the double bass bow hold

POSTCARD FROM BOCA RATON: The Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

FROM THE ARCHIVE: A portrait of cellist Guilhermina Suggia, from April 1923

SENTIMENTAL WORK: Cellist Tanja Tetzlaff chooses Lutosławski’s 1970 Cello Concerto


Plus, in your April digital edition:

  • Read our cover interview with Carolin Widmann while listening to clips from her most recent CD, L’Aurore
  • Contemporary newspaper cuttings reveal more about the chequered history of instrument collector Baron Johann Knoop
  • Carlos Maria Solare reports from the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival, with extra photos of the Armida, Chaos, Consone, Leonkoro and Marmen quartets
  • Session Report: audio clips from the Tippett Quartet’s epic recording of the three string quartets by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • My Space: extra photos from the workshop of Julia Jostes and Simon Eberl in Lübeck, Germany 
  • More from the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, including photos of the judges and Oliveira himself
  • Books: extra images from violinist Helen O’Hara’s autobiography What She’s Like 
  • And clips from the trio of recordings deemed worthy of the title ‘The Strad Recommends’

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