Young British violist Timothy Ridout graces the cover to speak about his latest recording, a tribute to the great Lionel Tertis

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TIMOTHY RIDOUT The British violist talks to Toby Deller about his passion for exploring original repertoire, ensemble playing and his latest recording, a tribute to Lionel Tertis

YSAŸE’S POÈME CONCERTANT A long-forgotten piece by the Belgian violinist–composer has recently been recorded by Philippe Graffin. Jessica Duchen finds out how it came to light

SCARAMPELLA AND GADDA Philip Kass examines a hundred-year-old document that reveals how one of Mantua’s finest luthiers took over the workshop of his former mentor

ALL-FEMALE QUARTETS In the second of two articles, Tully Potter examines the huge growth in the number of quartets exclusively made up of women following World War I

SESSION REPORT Max Ruisi and Eloise-Fleur Thom of the 12 Ensemble tell David Kettle about its latest recording, Metamorphosis, combining Strauss with Finnis, Vivier and Leith

ELIAS PLACHT Christian Hoyer examines the evidence surrounding the life of the luthier who is credited with founding the violin making tradition of Schönbach

In our regular sections:

IN FOCUS John Dilworth examines possibly the last violin ever made by G.B. Guadagnini

TRADE SECRETS Katharina Neumüller on preparing the violin neck before scroll carving

MY SPACE Tallinn maker Victor Hugo Vélez

MAKING MATTERS Christian Bayon experiments to improve the stability of his violin plates

MASTERCLASS Daniel Kurganov on the first movement of Brahms’s Violin Sonata no.2 op.100

TECHNIQUE Tips on creating a ‘free’ sound

LIFE LESSONS The memories and opinions of German violinist Johannes Pramsohler

OPINION At what point does reminding a student about technique turn into nagging?

POSTCARD FROM SWITZERLAND Report from the Geneva International Music Competition

FROM THE ARCHIVE From February 1934

SENTIMENTAL WORK Edward Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet selects Beethoven’s String Quartet no.8 in E minor op.59 no.2

Plus, in your February 2024 digital edition:

  • Read Daniel Kurganov’s insights on Brahms’s Violin Sonata op.100 in Masterclass, with audio clips from his latest recording The Brahms Age
  • Session Report: clips from the 12 Ensemble’s latest recording of Strauss’s Metamorphosen, with extra photos from the sessions
  • Extra images of the tools used by Mantua luthier Gaetano Gadda, now on display at the Chimei Museum in Taiwan
  • Cover star Timothy Ridout gives the lowdown on his latest album, with clips from works by Rebecca Clarke, York Bowen, William Wolstenholme and Frank Bridge
  • More photos from ‘violin artist’ Alicia Clare, who turns unsalvageable broken instruments into artworks
  • Postcard from Geneva: extra photos of the finalists from 2023’s Concours de Genève
  • My Space: more from the workshop of Victor Hugo Vélez, an Argentinian violin maker working in Estonia
  • Plus clips from our three ‘The Strad Recommends’ recordings of the month

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