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The Strad  |  December 2020  


We examine the ‘Willemotte’ violin, a masterpiece from Stradivari’s late period, and explore how string players’ interpretations evolved over time. There’s a look at chamber music coaching, and Ray Chen gives us his Sentimental Work. Plus Alban Gerhardt’s Masterclass on the Saint- Saëns Cello Concerto
Since its launch in 1890, The Strad has brought its readers the best features, comment and analysis on all issues of interest to string teachers, players, students, instrument makers and enthusiasts. Authoritative, trusted and influential, The Strad keeps readers informed about the latest news, groundbreaking research and techniques in all aspects of playing and making stringed instruments through its print and digital platforms.

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Below is a selection of articles in The Strad December 2020.

Editor’s letter ANGELA LYONS It’s no secret that Antonio Stradivari lived to a great age. But this biographical detail takes on new meaning when confronted with a still-vibrant instrument made in the maste...
Contributors RACHAEL DURKIN (The viola d’amore, page 46) is a senior lecturer in music at Northumbria University, UK. Her research interests focus on the history of musical instruments and the relation...
SOUNDPOST Letters, emails, online comments LETTER of the MONTH A SLEDGEHAMMER TO CRACK A NUT? I note in Ulrike Dederer’s article (‘Why varnish matters’, October) that the researchers used neutron analysis to mo...
LATE…BUT WORTH THE WAIT Made when Antonio Stradivari was 90 years old, the 1734 ‘Willemotte’ bears all his hallmarks including a deep, complex tone quality. Sam Zygmuntowicz examines the violin and compares its design featur...
FOLLOWING THE CLUES The recent discovery of another cadenza to the first movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, likely by Vieuxtemps, sheds an interesting light on the early performance history of the work, writes Mart...
Light-bulb moments Giving formal chamber music training to students during their school years is vital for fostering a lifelong commitment to the art, writes Graham Oppenheimer, senior chamber music tutor at Chetham’s S...

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