The 1715 ‘Lipinski’ Stradivarius violin, which was sensationally stolen in January 2014 and recovered nine days later, will be the star of a second recording chronicling its history through music. Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has launched a fundraising campaign to make a second volume of ‘A Violin’s Life’, his project to record the works of past players and composers associated with the instrument (pictured).
The second recording will include Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, performed in 1840 by Karol Lipinski with Franz Liszt at the piano; the little-known Violin Sonata by Amanda Röntgen-Maier, wife of Julius Röntgen, whose family owned the violin; and the Sonata for Violin Solo by Eduard Tubin, a favourite of Evi Liivak, another former player of the ‘Lipinski’. As with the first volume, Almond has created a month-long Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for recording, production and manufacturing costs, this time seeking $15,000.
According to Almond, the first recording 'made the Billboard Top 10 in its first week of release, and went on to rave reviews and sales'. The Strad's review of the first volume can be found here.