Videos

  • Stradivari
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    Cremonese makers launch video showcase

    2020-09-28T12:52:00Z

    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on Italian lutherie, a group of violin makers in Cremona have put together a video showcasing their working methods. The aim is to demonstrate the vibrancy and industriousness of today’s luthiers, as Antonio Stradivari wanders the streets of modern-day Cremona, viewing ...

  • Esther Abrami
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    Violinist practises with rescue kitten in pouch

    2020-09-28T11:42:00Z

    Note: Select ‘Full screen’ to watch this video properly . In this video London-based French violinist Esther Abrami practises with a rescue kitten in her pouch. On her Facebook page, Abrami says: ’This kitten was abandoned but thankfully rescued by the cat shelter Association Féli-Cité . As a ...

  • Violin Makers
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    Video: Violin Makers – The Renaissance of Italian Lutherie

    2020-09-24T10:05:00Z

    A 60-minute documentary featuring interviews with some of the greatest 20th-century Italian luthiers

  • Katherine Clarke
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    Singing viola player performs Garth Knox

    2020-09-24T09:12:00Z

    The three ‘Wind Songs’ were written by Garth Knox for Katherine Clarke as part of her ‘Singing Viola’ project . The first song is called ‘Wild Wind’. An Irish monk wrote this short poem in the margin of a Latin text he was recopying and illustrating in the 9th ...

  • HaendelZhu
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    When young violinist Leia Zhu met the great Ida Haendel

    2020-09-23T08:30:00Z

    In this video, made by young violinist siblings Leia and Leo Zhu during lockdown, Leia pays homage to the great violinist Ida Haendel, who died on 1 July 2020 at the age of 96. Also shared is footage of Leia’s meeting with Haendel in February 2018 (from 3.30). The video ...

  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja
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    A day in the life of Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    2020-09-22T14:05:00Z

    This video, made in 2012, follows the Moldovan-Austrian violinist over a 24-hour period, through rehearsals with the Staatskapelle, salon music at the Brandenburg Gate, a meeting with choreographer Sascha Waltz and her husband, phone calls with her sick daughter and a performance at the Berlin Philharmonic. Patricia Kopatchinskaja shares ...

  • Yo-Yo Ma
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    Yo-Yo Ma pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Vocalise

    2020-09-22T13:09:00Z

    The American cellist plays Rachmaninov’s Vocalise in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Watch: Juilliard students ‘do’ Bolero with guests including Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma Read: Yo-Yo Ma plays cello at US-Mexico border Read: Yo-Yo Ma and ...

  • Nicola Benedetti
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    Philharmonia Sessions: Nicola Benedetti plays The Lark Ascending

    2020-09-21T11:16:00Z

    The violinist plays Vaughan Williams’s classic in this latest instalment of the Philharmonia Sessions, a series of performances recorded specially for online broadcast during the pandemic. The video finishes with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No 1 conducted by Paavo Järvi. Read: The fear of making mistakes stops violinists ...

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter
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    Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a socially-distanced Beethoven performance

    2020-09-18T14:23:00Z

    In this concert, broadcast by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen on 13 September, Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven’s Romance No.2 for violin and orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Read: Anne-Sophie Mutter on Herbert von Karajan and John Williams Read: Anne-Sophie Mutter has tested positive for coronavirus Read: Sentimental Work: Anne-Sophie ...

  • Yehudi Menuhin in 1947
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    Yehudi Menuhin plays Paganini in 1947

    2020-09-17T13:37:00Z

    The violinist plays Paganini’s Caprice No.24 with pianist Adolph Baller in this video recorded in 1947. Read: Violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s first appearance in The Strad, aged 10   Watch: Violinist Yehudi Menuhin on the importance of practice Watch: Great violinists of the 20th century

  • LigetiQuartet
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    Ligeti Quartet performs Christian Mason’s Dyngylday

    2020-09-16T08:30:00Z

    The composition forms part of the ensemble’s forthcoming album of Mason’s works

  • Anna Huthmaker
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    The oddities of a luthier’s workshop

    2020-09-15T16:40:00Z

    As part of a ‘Students stuck at home’ series of videos, luthier Anna Huthmaker introduces us to some of the oddities in her workshop, including a 32nd size violin, the ‘clown’ violin and the ‘super-cool’ violin. For more in the series, click here. Read: 10 unusual violins ...

  • Iván Fischer
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    Iván Fischer on his new invention: an acoustic-enhancing mask

    2020-09-15T14:13:00Z

    In this video, Iván Fischer, artistic director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, describes his new invention: a music-enhancing face mask. ‘One of Mozart’s favourite ideas was to turn necessity into a virtue,’ says the Hungarian conductor. ‘Now people are wearing masks and it’s a necessity but it’s also an ...

  • Dalia Stasevska
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    Last Night of Proms 2020 in an empty Royal Albert Hall

    2020-09-14T17:01:00Z

    The finale of the 2020 Last Night of the Proms, conducted by Dalia Stasevska, performed without a live audience for the first time in the festival’s history Read: Rule, Britannia! will now be sung at BBC Proms 2020 Read: Dalia Stasevska wrongly blamed ro Rule, Britannia! decision, say ...

  • The Lark Ascending
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    Dame Diana Rigg presents Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending

    2020-09-11T11:19:00Z

    Paying tribute Dame Diana Rigg, who died yesterday aged 82, here is a video of the actress from 2012, presenting a performance of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending as it was originally heard in the composer’s time: in a version for violin and piano, and staged at Shirehampton Public ...

  • Ian McWillliams's cello
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    Three cellists test out a newly-made cello

    2020-09-10T12:05:00Z

    In this video, Ian McWilliams, an instrument maker working just outside Berlin, asks three cellists (Rolando Fernandez, Martina Biondi, Mon-Puo Lee) to play a cello that he finished making in early 2020 to get a sense of its potential. They play three different pieces of music with three different bows. ...

  • CBSO
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    CBSO gives a centenary concert

    2020-09-08T16:09:00Z

    On 5 September 1920, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra gave its very first concert. 100 years later (to the very hour), the CBSO celebrated its 100th birthday with an online celebration. Simon Rattle conducted, CBSO’s conductors past and present give interviews and there was a guest appearance from ...

  • Bramwell Tovey Pizzicato Polka
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    Pizzicato Polka at 2020 Proms

    2020-09-07T12:07:00Z

    In this video the BBC Concert Ochestra under Bramwell Tovey played Johann Strauss’s Pizzicato Polka as part of a Viennese Night at the BBC Proms on 31 August 2020. Watch: Beethovenia: all nine symphonies reimagined Read: Rule, Britannia! will now be sung at BBC Proms 2020

  • Lawrence Power
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    Lockdown commissions 4: Lawrence Power plays Cassandra Miller’s ‘Daylonging, Slacktide’

    2020-09-07T10:42:00Z

    In the fourth of his ten ‘lockdown commissions’ performances, filmed in and on top of iconic empty venues, violist Lawrence Power plays Cassandra Miller’s ’Daylonging, Slacktide’, filmed in and around Snape Maltings. This is what Miller says about the piece: ‘In March 2020, I found myself at Snape Maltings ...

  • The Weeklies
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    Rooftop performance from The Weeklies

    2020-09-04T10:05:00Z

    The Weeklies (a trio formed during the pandemic comprising guitarist Jordan Dodson, double bassist Louis Levitt and violinist Jonathan Miron) perform one of their new songs - “You and your sister” - as part of a rooftop streaming series in New York City. The concert was presented by ‘Arts ...