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Editor’s letter
The Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary
CONTRIBUTORS
(Making Matters, page 70) trained in violin making
SOUNDPOST
Letters, emails, online comments
FRONT
On the beat
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NEW PRODUCTS
A metronome that aims to prepare musicians for the
Life lessons
The Ukrainian violist on long pedagogical relationships and the surprises of concert life
GOING INTERNATIONAL
Despite the large number of young and talented British string players, few seem to make an impact as leading soloists on the world stage. Charlotte Gardner explores the reasons for this phenomenon
A new generation
Stradfest, The Strad’s first live event for budding musicians, tackled a range of issues connected to building an interesting career - and brought together a wide variety of young and enthusiastic string players, writes Charlotte Smith
FEATURES
Musical EMISSARIES
The Shanghai Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2018–19 season by performing eight complete Beethoven cycles around the world. The players speak to Charlotte Smith about forming at a time when Western chamber music was barely understood in their native China, and about promoting the art form to Chinese audiences and students today
Variations on a theme
Twelve violin moulds from Antonio Stradivari’s workshop still survive, but how do they correspond to the master’s oeuvre? In the first of two articles, Philip Ihle and Andrea Zanrè present the results of an exhaustive survey to match forms to finished instruments
Standing STRONG
Fifty years ago David Oistrakh premiered Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata, written for the violinist’s 60th birthday. Only two further works by Shostakovich for solo violinist survive: the concertos, both for Oistrakh. Andrew Morris examines all three pieces, uncovering their interpretative challenges in conversation with Gidon Kremer, Julia Fischer and Vadim Gluzman
ZOOMING IN ON BEETHOVEN
Trio con Brio Copenhagen is marking its 20th anniversary by recording the complete Beethoven piano trios. Andrew Mellor attends a session for the group’s third volume, including the monumental ‘Archduke’
SHINING EXAMPLES
Identifying the varnish recipes of the early makers has been a long-held dream among researchers. Now, a team at the Arvedi Laboratory of Non-Invasive Diagnostics, headed by Marco Malagodi, has used a new form of micro-CT scanning to delve further into an instrument’s coatings than ever before
And breathe…
There is a close connection between yogic principles and string playing technique, says cellist Ruth Phillips, who illustrates this with postures chosen in collaboration with her colleague Jane Fenton, and reveals how both Pablo Casals and yoga guru Vanda Scaravelli have informed her musical ideas
REGULARS
PAOLO DE BARBIERI
Paolo De Barbieri was born in 1889 in Genoa. In 1902
Cutting f-holes
A methodical way of completing this elegant but delicate part of the making process
MY SPACE
A peek into lutherie workshops around the world
Beauty is truth, truth beauty
Eric Benning recalls how, with the help of the late William Watson, he identified a long-lost instrument case from the Hill workshop that exemplifies the immaculate workmanship of a bygone age
RAVEL’S SECOND VIOLIN SONATA
Philippe Graffin explores how to create an orchestra of abstract colours and characters in the first movement of the French composer’s last chamber work
Continuous vibrato
The art of using finger, wrist and biceps to create a bel canto effect integral to our sound
REVIEWS
Your monthly critical round-up of performances, recordings and publications
From the ARCHIVE
What sets a virtuoso player apart from an amateur, asks James A.
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CHECKLIST
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COURSE LISTINGS
Bery Filsaime cello
Post-baccalaureate Diploma, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Andrew Ng violin
Master of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki
Nickolas Majic violin
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Bachelor of Arts, music, City, University of London
Mafalda Santos cello
Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland