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As artists grow older they hear more in the music, says Orion Quartet violist Steven Tenenbom, who urges younger musicians to learn as much as they can from their mentors - and delve deeper into the music themselves

Recently I, as part of the Orion Quartet, performed Haydn’s miraculous Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross. Although I have played the work numerous times, this particular experience crystallised some personal thoughts that have been forming over the past few years regarding the continuity of great art from generation to generation. My first encounter with this piece was at the Marlboro Music Festival in the early 1980s with David Soyer, eminent cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. It was an unforgettable process of exploring the depths and nuances of the work, yet the most important thing we learnt was how much learning still lay ahead of us.

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About The Strad

We conclude our investigation of Stradivari’s moulds and examine some radical teaching methods. Vadim Gluzman, Philip Dukes and Matthew Barley are interviewed and there’s our annual Accessories supplement, featuring carbon fibre bows, wolf eliminators, mutes and lots more.