In this video we hear from the researcher Francis Schwarze, who, together with a Swiss violin maker has treated wood used for instrument making with Physisporinus vitreus, a white-rot fungus that attacks and destroys certain structures in spruce, in order to build violins that sound as fine as antique masterpieces.
That violin scroll behind the column belongs to Janine Jansen, portrait artist of this year’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, captured here testing out the generous acoustics at St Anne’s, Lübeck with a bit of Brahms (part of the festival’s promotional material).
Tango Song and Dance for violin and piano, which Previn described as ‘lighthearted virtuoso pieces’, were written for Mutter in 1997 and recorded twice by the pair for Deutsche Grammophon releases in 2002 and 2006.
This week on her video journey, Nicola Benedetti is talking all things equipment: strings, shoulder rests, chin rests, her bow, her beautiful pegs and the violin itself. She also gives us a glimpse inside her violin case.