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Ansaldo Poggi’s fame and reputation have had an incredible boost in the past few years, probably owing to some nancial speculation but also to the clear, distinct and outstandingly consistent features of his instruments. He gained his knowledge from the great Bolognese maker Giuseppe Fiorini. When Poggi apprenticed with Fiorini in Zurich, from 1921, his teacher was engaged in research into the original techniques of the classical Cremonese makers… is deep insight and experience helped Poggi create outstanding instruments without having to antique them, as was fashionable in many parts of Europe during his lifetime. Many famous musicians appreciated his work, among them Nathan Milstein, Aaron Rosand, David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin. Today he is considered a superlative gure of the Italian modern era, and the monetary value of his instruments reThects his reputation as a maker of both perfect tools for musicians and wonderful visual masterpieces to be admired in a collection.

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Lisa Batiashvili discusses her latest projects and we delve into the mysterious world of varnish making. There’s a look at strategies for teaching adolescents, and Leila Josefowicz completes her look at Berg’s Violin Concerto. Plus Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Sentimental Work.