Violin virtuoso Janine Jansen features in the documentary Falling for Stradivari as she and Antonio Pappano embark to record an album on twelve Stradivari violins. They are the ‘Captain Savile’, c.1680; ‘de Chaponay’, 1722; ‘Titian’, 1715; ‘Kreisler, Huberman’, 1733; ‘Vieuxtemps, Camposelice’, 1710; ‘Milstein’, 1716; ‘San Lorenzo’, 1718; ‘Alard, Baron Knoop’, 1715; ‘Shumsky, Rode’, 1715;‘Tyrrell’, 1717; ‘Lord Amherst of Hackney, Kreisler’, 1734 and ‘Haendel’, c.1699.

‘It was just completely nuts to have twelve of the greatest instruments all together in a room!’ Jansen told The Strad in October 2021. ‘When I was playing them, I felt like I was connected to those legends from the past in some strange way. I was bringing alive the same voice. It was overwhelming, but I tried to be inspired rather than intimidated by the amazing history that I was holding in my hands.’

Read the October 2021 feature ’Janine Jansen: A spiritual connection’ here.

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