Videos – Page 6

  • Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn

    Janine Jansen gives socially-distanced performance of Mendelssohn


    The violinist gives a socially-distanced performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig on 25 September 2020, with the Munich Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev. Watch: Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a socially-distanced Beethoven performance Read: What does it feel like to play in a socially-distanced orchestra?

  • Christoph Koncz

    Christoph Koncz plays Mozart on the composer’s own violin


    Christoph Koncz, principal violinist of the Vienna Philharmonic and conductor, was granted exclusive access to Mozart’s own violin to record Mozart’s five Violin Concertos on the composer’s own violin for the first time ever. Here, you can hear a preview of the album, which comes out on 9 October. ...

  • BBC Orchestras

    BBC violists play Nimrod


    In this video, the violas of the BBC orchestras play an arrangement of Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ by James Manson. This recording is dedicated to former BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola, Ruşen Güneş, who died in May aged 80. BBC SO viola Philip Hall writes: ‘Ruşen was a very special person ...

  • Midori

    Midori plays Paganini/Liszt


    Our cover star for the October 2020 issue of The Strad plays Paganini/Liszt’s La Campanella for Violin and Piano, with pianist Robert McDonald. To read our interview with Midori click here .

  • Stradivari

    Cremonese makers launch video showcase


    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

    Violinist practises with rescue kitten in pouch


    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

    Video: Violin Makers – The Renaissance of Italian Lutherie


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

  • Katherine Clarke

    Singing viola player performs Garth Knox


    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

    When young violinist Leia Zhu met the great Ida Haendel


    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

    A day in the life of Patricia Kopatchinskaja


    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

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


    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

    Philharmonia Sessions: Nicola Benedetti plays The Lark Ascending


    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

    Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a socially-distanced Beethoven performance


    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

    Yehudi Menuhin plays Paganini in 1947


    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

    Ligeti Quartet performs Christian Mason’s Dyngylday


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

  • Anna Huthmaker

    The oddities of a luthier’s workshop


    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

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


    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

    Last Night of Proms 2020 in an empty Royal Albert Hall


    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

    Dame Diana Rigg presents Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending


    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

    Three cellists test out a newly-made cello


    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. ...