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    From the Archive: April 1991


    In 1989, the Soviet Union removed a cap on the number of people allowed to emigrate from its borders. With many musicians among them, hundreds of thousands headed for Israel, as writer Yossi Schiffmann reports

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    Soundpost: Letters to the Editor April 2021


    A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: April 2021 issue

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    Analysis April 2021: Crossing the streams


    Live streaming has become one of the main – and in some cases the only – outlet for musicians to perform during the pandemic. But how viable is it as a profit-making enterprise? By Peter Somerford

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    David Garrett: His own path


    At the age of 40, German–American violinist David Garrett is a bona fide crossover star, in non-Covid times playing regularly to thousands at sold-out arena shows. But, as he tells Charlotte Smith, he has no intention of deserting his classical roots

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    Session Report: Shining a light


    Polish virtuoso Janusz Wawrowski’s new arrangement of Ludomir Różycki’s Violin Concerto reveals a far more optimistic work than its wartime origins suggest, writes Harry White

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    Ivry Gitlis: an individual voice


    When Ivry Gitlis died on Christmas Eve last year at the age of 98 there was an outpouring of love and affection from the musical community. Tully Potter pays tribute to the great violinist’s life and career

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    Astor Piazzolla: a tango phenomenon


    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of renowned tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s birth this month, Argentine violinists Rafael Gintoli and Gabriela Olcese pay tribute to him and offer basic guidance to violinists on how to interpret tango music

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    Analysis March 2021: Complexity crisis


    The Brexit deal has generated many unanswered questions regarding UK–EU touring, which have left UK music bodies scratching their heads. How can musicians negotiate the minefield? By Harry White

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    Soundpost: Letters to the Editor March 2021


    A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: March 2021 issue

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    From the Archive: March 1941


    After literary siblings Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell win £350 each in a libel case, The Strad muses on what the verdict might mean for arts critics in the future

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    Masterclass: Simon Standage on Bach’s Violin Sonata in E major part 2


    British violinist Simon Standage looks at the Adagio ma non tanto and ‘firework’ finale, in the second of two articles exploring this 18th-century work for violin and harpsichord

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    Orchestral Tricks: in plain sight


    Gerald Elias has spent many years as a professional orchestral violinist – in the Boston SO and Utah Symphony – and has been music director of Salt Lake City’s Vivaldi by Candlelight chamber orchestra since 2004. Here he explores some of the universal challenges faced by orchestral string players which ...

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    Session Report: in good time


    The Engegård Quartet’s third album of Mozart string quartets was all about timing – from allowing enough space between learning and recording the works, to faithfully honouring the composer’s tempo markings – as Andrew Mellor discovers

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    Francesca Dego: chance of a lifetime


    For Italian violinist Francesca Dego, the opportunity to perform and record on Paganini’s ‘Il Cannone’ Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ of 1743 was a dream come true. She shares with Tom Stewart her experiences with the rarely accessed instrument – which came complete with security guards and its own dressing room

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    Modigliani Quartet: the more the merrier


    For the Modigliani Quartet, working with other artists has always been a priority – one that continues this year as the group turns its attention to Schubert. Charlotte Gardner speaks to the French foursome about their early development, working through Covid times and acting as artistic directors

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    Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider: parallel careers


    Autumn 2020 was scheduled to be a big one for violinist and conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, with the start of his first music directorship in France and his conducting debut at the Royal Danish Opera. Did it go to plan? Very nearly, he tells Andrew Mellor

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    Soundpost: Letters to the Editor February 2021


    A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: February 2021 issue

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    Session Report: clowning around


    For violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja a bout of tendonitis was the perfect opportunity to widen her musical perspective by taking on the title role in Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, as she tells Toby Deller

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    Chevalier de Saint-Georges: the remarkable revolutionary


    Too long overlooked, the extraordinary life of 18th-century violinist and composer the Chevalier de Saint-Georges has once more been celebrated over the past 25 years. Yet his compositions remain unfairly neglected, writes Kevin MacDonald

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    From the Archive: February 1901


    Queen Victoria’s demise on 22 January prompts a reflection on the number of female violinists in the era she presided over