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    Masterclass: Hagai Shaham on Brahms Violin Sonata no.3


    In his explorations of the first movement, the Israeli violinst discusses the German composer’s clear performance instructions, intimate Romantic style and self-critical nature

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    From the Archive: November 1940


    One year into the Second World War, The Strad laments the limited prospects for British musicians, despite the indisputable need for music in such troubled times

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    Session Report: American dreams


    On his latest album, German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann devotes himself to the works of Bohuslav Martinů and Béla Bartók, two immigrants to the US in the wake of the Second World War, as Tom Stewart reports

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    Leonard Rose: All about the bow


    American cellist Leonard Rose was a consummate performer and pedagogue, whose velvety tone was the result of complete mastery of the bow arm. Oskar Falta explores some of his bowing theories and speaks to former students about his teaching techniques

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    Dover Quartet: United in sound


    After twelve years together, the Dover Quartet is marking its graduation to the ranks of mature ensembles with a new Beethoven recording cycle and a residency at the Curtis Institute. The players speak to Charlotte Smith from the Bravo! Vail Music Festival

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    Soundpost: Letters to the Editor October 2020


    A selection of letters The Strad receives each month from its readers around the world: October 2020 issue

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    Analysis October 2020: Sounds like team spirit


    Like so many other music establishments, record labels were blindsided by the effect of the pandemic – but despite the restrictions, have carried on producing high-quality recordings. By Harry White

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    Masterclass: Haydn C major Cello Concerto


    Red Priest’s Angela East discusses her approach to phrasing and sound in the first movement, and the influence of Baroque and early-Classical vibrato, bowing and style

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    Midori: Active Listener


    From getting to the core of new works to appreciating her students’ motivations, Midori is on a constant search for understanding. Toby Deller finds out how the Japanese-American violinist communicates this passion to those around her

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    Ensemble Diderot: Hidden Gems


    This month Ensemble Diderot releases The Berlin Album, the latest in its ‘cities’ recording series, juxtaposing works by established 17th- and 18th-century composers alongside those of lesser-known contemporaries. Ensemble founder and violinist Johannes Pramsohler speaks to Pwyll ap Siôn about why these works deserve greater attention

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    Session Report: Early Inspirations


    Violinist Tessa Lark’s new collaborative album, The Stradgrass Sessions, brings together the musical influences of her childhood, fusing bluegrass, folk, jazz and classical styles. The project might easily have been delayed by Covid-19, but her musical partners were only too happy to record remotely

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    Ida Haendel: Grande dame of the violin


    Following Ida Haendel’s death at the age of 96 in July, Tully Potter surveys the career of an exceptional performer and a remarkable woman

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    Session Report: Final Frontier


    The Jerusalem Quartet’s second instalment of Bartók string quartets brings a new delicacy and clarity to these works, which are so often portrayed as brutal. Violinist Alexander Pavlovsky and violist Ori Kam discuss their approach with Tom Stewart

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    Heart of the matter: Schumann’s Cello Concerto


    Schumann’s Cello Concerto is often seen as dark and troubled, and its advocates have struggled to bring it the recognition it deserves. Now, Josephine Knight’s discoveries have led to a new edition and recording which shed a fresh light on this work, writes Peter Quantrill

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    Masterclass: Rosalind Ventris on Vieuxtemps Viola Sonata op.36


    The British violist details the virtues of this underappreciated B flat major Sonata, with all of its structural surprises and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ twists and turns

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    From the Archive: September 1930


    The pseudonymous cellist and columnist ‘Ike’ observes how classical music lovers are becoming more plentiful, thanks to the wireless – even if they won’t recognise it themselves

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    Masterclass: Tai Murray on Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto Part 2


    Violinist Tai Murray discusses balance and colour in the first movement of the op.56 work for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, in the second of two articles

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    From the Archive: August 1910


    Author William C. Honeyman responds to an article suggesting that priceless instruments should be kept in museums rather than in players’ hands

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    Digital Double Act: TwoSet Violin


    Over the past eight years, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen of TwoSet Violin have become an increasingly popular source of humour and inspiration for string players worldwide through their hugely successful YouTube channel. A more recent foray into staging live shows was a shot in the dark. Kimon Daltas meets ...

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    In search of perfection: finding the right bow


    Violinist and Metropolitan Opera concertmaster Benjamin Bowman has spent his entire playing career in search of ever more subtle and responsive bows. Here, he charts his journey to finding his ‘forever bow’, and advises string players on how they, too, can invest in this most important of assets

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    Session Report: Family connections


    For her latest recording, violinist Viktoria Mullova has collaborated with her son, jazz bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado in an eclectic array of duets. Harry White speaks to the pair about the project’s origins and about working with family

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    D. C. Dounis: Training the brain


    For Demetrius Constantine Dounis, the secret of good technique came from developing the brain and memory, as well as the arms and fingers. James Dickenson examines what made his ideas so special, and why he became one of the 20th century’s most influential teachers

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    Isaac Stern: Generosity of Spirit


    In celebration of Isaac Stern’s centenary this month,Tully Potter  surveys the great violinist’s many and varied chamber music collaborations

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    Writing a Cadenza: Creativity Unchained


    Cadenza writing has enjoyed a renewed surge in popularity over recent years. Pauline Harding talks to soloists, teachers and competition jurors about why the trend has been growing, and why more performers should take the plunge

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    Session Report: Different Voices


    At a recording session for the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam’s latest Haydn release, Peter Quantrill finds an ensemble at ease with themselves, their producer and the exacting process of creating Classical ‘perfection’

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    Alma Moodie: From Praise to Obscurity


    Australian-born violinist Alma Moodie was a celebrated performer in her day – a protégée of Carl Flesch who collaborated with many leading composers. However, her contribution to the violin canon has been largely forgotten, writes Tatjana Goldberg

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    Analysis July 2020: The new normal


    As Covid-19 lockdowns are gradually lifted, orchestras and concert venues in Europe and Asia are contemplating the task of reopening in a socially distanced world

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    Masterclass: Tai Murray on Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto Part 1


    In the first of two articles, violinist Tai Murray discusses individuality, balance and tempo in the lengthy first movement of the op.56 concerto for piano, cello and violin

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    Masterclass: Henri Demarquette on Franck’s Violin Sonata (Cello Version)


    The cellist looks at the conflicts of French atmosphere and German Romanticism in the first and second movements

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    From the Archive: June 1910


    An anonymous reader remonstrates with The Strad for characterising Marie Hall (below) as the first female violinist of the modern era

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    Sarasate Letters: Beloved Mother


    During a two-year concert tour of America, violinist Pablo Sarasate corresponded with his adoptive mother Amélie de Lassabathie in Paris. His surviving letters have been translated for the first time into English by Nicholas Sackman and Bastien Terraz, who present a digest of their contents

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    Working with Conductors: Natural Balance


    When playing a concerto, the string soloist is rarely fully in charge – and working with opinionated conductors means that sometimes disagreements will occur. Charlotte Gardner speaks to three top performers and a conductor to find out how to strike the right balance

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    Tetzlaff Quartet: The Real Beethoven


    The members of the Tetzlaff Quartet, who recently released their first Beethoven disc, talk to Tom Stewart about what’s really behind the composer’s late quartets, about why they’ve taken a quarter of a century to record any Beethoven – and the challenge of keeping up appearances

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    130th Anniversary: Taking Stock


    As The Strad celebrates its 130th anniversary this month, stringed instrument expert Philip Kass looks at the future of the industry, while music journalist Charlotte Gardner examines what might be on the cards for players

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    Career in Bloom: Tabea Zimmermann


    For Tabea Zimmermann, 2020 represents a new flowering in her musical life. Amanda Holloway speaks to the German violist about directing her final Beethoven-Woche, her new recording projects, expanding the viola repertoire and imparting her wisdom to the next generation

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    Music Therapy: A Different Way to Help


    Music therapy can be a fulfilling profession for any musician looking to make a significant impact in the community. Violinist and music therapist Joy Gravestock outlines the routes to this rewarding career and describes a typical day in the field

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    From the Archive: May 1890


    In the early days of The Strad, many of the stories were taken from other publications. The very first issue brought readers these two gems from the Daily Telegraph and The American Musician

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    Masterclass: Liisa Randalu on Smetana’s Quartet no.1, ‘From My Life’


    Violist Liisa Randalu of the Schumann Quartet gives her perspective on the first movement of the Czech composer’s passionate and dramatic semi-autobiographical work

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    Free in Spirit


    January 2018 marked the 70th birthday of cellist Mischa Maisky, who celebrated by whizzing round the world in solo and chamber performances with his Maisky Trio, featuring daughter Lily and son Sascha.Peter Quantrill caught up with him in London, Istanbul and Verbier

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