We mark the 70th birthday of British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber with a look back at his life and career 


The British cellist, now making his mark as a conductor, marks his 70th birthday with a retrospective of his life and career, in conversation with Julian Haylock


Before the mighty ‘B form’, the master luthier’s cellos had larger proportions and a variety of outlines. Philip Ihle attempts to determine how many moulds he used


Violinist Nandor Szederkényi explains how he came to produce a new performing edition of the work, based on a manuscript he found on his computer


Tom Stewart speaks to violinist Boris Begelman and Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor of Concerto Italiano, about the latest CD in Naïve’s Vivaldi Edition


The Italian luthier was a well-known gure in the city of Crema, although real success eluded him. Lorenzo Frignani and Vittorio Formaggia tell his story


Soloists including Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Pekka Kuusisto tell Charlotte Gardner how they choose and prepare their encore pieces

In our regular sections:

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein discusses the first movement of Chopin’s Cello Sonata in this month’s Masterclass, while violinist Aridane Daskalakis takes a look at playing early music on modern instruments in Technique. This issue’s Sentimental Work , chosen by François Rabbath, is the double bass transcriptions of Bach’s Cello Suites, while violinist Henning Kraggerud takes a look back at his formative years in Life Lessons.

We take an In Focus look at a late 1770s cello by Antonio Gragnani and, in My Spacevisit the workshop of luthier Johan Collard in Clichy, France. Milena Novetta gives us an efficient method for the complex process of gluing linings, counterforms and springs in Trade Secrets, while Making Matters recounts a clamitous coming together of varnish and hand sanitiser. 

We also bring you news of the latest products and auctions, plus our regular analysis and opinion columns, and comprehensive reviews of concerts, CDs and books. Simply go to the current issue to explore the full content listing. 

Plus, in your digital edition

  • More photos from Julian Lloyd Webber’s career, including meetings with conductors Charles Mackerras, Lorin Maazel and Imogen Holst. Plus, clips from his favourite recordings including Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin; the Saint-Saens Concerto with Yan Pascal Tortelier; and the Rococo Variations with Maxim Shostakovich
  • Francois Rabbath recalls performing all Bach’s Cello Suites - for the first time on double bass - at Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle chapel. View rare images from the legendary performance.
  • More from this month’s In Focus instrument, a late 1770s cello by Antonio Gragnani.
  • Our retrospective of Azzo Rovescalli’s life includes extra images, including a rare 1930 cello showing the handiwork of both himself and his son Manlio.
  • Listen to clips of Hilary Hahn’s ‘In 27 Pieces’ project, as part of our look at violin encores in the 21st century
  • More photos and clips from the recording in this month’s Session Report: Boris Begelman performing Vivaldi violin concertos with Concerto Italiano
  • And, as ever, clips from the three CDs ‘The Strad Recommends’

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