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Violin Carlo Bergonzi 1735 “Baron Knoop”: Andrea Zanrè examines an instrument of one of the greatest Cremonian luthiers of the 18th century, while Rudolf Hopfner reveals the results of the computed tomography

Bach Solo Violin Sonatas: In the first of two articles on Sonatas and Partitas, Lewis Kaplan discusses what autograph scores can tell us about the composer’s intentions

Villa-Lobos and the cello: The Brazilian composer has written many works for cello, although his heart is in the folk musical tradition of his country. Felipe Avellar de Aquino examines his work

Session report: Toby Deller chats with violist Timothy Ridout about his latest album, including transcriptions of Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet suites

Violin making schools in China: The country of nearly 1.4 billion people has only a handful of institutions teaching violin making. Sisi Ye speaks with principals of three of the main schools

Marius May: The famous British cellist passed away in 2020 at the age of 61. His brother Simon May looks back on his life, while his friends and colleagues share their memories

In our regular sections:

Antoine Tamestit discusses Brahms’ Sonata Op. 120 No. 1, arranged for viola and piano this month Master class, while double bassist Danny Ziemann talks about creating an improvised jazz solo line in Technical. This problem is Sentimental work, chosen by Roger Tapping of the Juilliard Quartet, is Brahms’ No.1 String Sextet, while British viola Paul Silverthorne looks back on his formative years in Life lessons.

We take a On point look at a violin by Samuel Nemessányi, considered one of the best makers in Hungary and, in My space, visit the small workspace of the American luthier based in Florence Jamie Marie Lazzara. Ulrich Hinsberger shares his practical system for making a mold and jig in Trade secrets, while To do business calls for the instrumental data of the CT scans to be made available to all.

We also bring you information on the latest products and auctions, as well as our regular reviews and reviews, as well as comprehensive concert, CD and book reviews. Simply go to the current problem to explore the full list of content.

In addition, in your digital edition:

  • See additional photos of the Carlo Bergonzi “Baron Knoop” violin from 1735, including full plans of the parchment and the peg box
  • Tilted photos of this month’s In Focus instrument, an 1865 violin by Samuel Nemessányi
  • Session report: listen to excerpts from Timothy Ridout’s latest CD, including transcriptions by Schumann Dichterliebe and that of Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
  • More photos of violin making schools in China, including students and tutors from institutions in Shanghai, Beijing and Xinghai
  • Violin maker Jamie Marie Lazzara gives a privileged glimpse of his small Florentine workshop in My Space, with additional images
  • More information on the debut of the revitalized Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra at Harewood House Estate
  • And of course, excerpts from this month’s three albums honored with the coveted track “The Strad Recommends”

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