The Strad Magazine April 2017
Since its launch in 1890, the magazine 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, ground-breaking research and techniques in all aspects of playing and making stringed instruments through its print and digital platforms.
Elsewhere in the issue, Alessandra Barabaschi tracks the restoration of the 'Paravicini' Stradivari violin, an instrument which languished in obscurity for decades; Richard Ward explores the history of German violin making centre Bubenreuth, from its beginnings as a haven for refugee luthiers after World War II; Philip Clark takes a fresh look at Schoenberg's quartets; and Mstislav Rostropovich biographer and former student Elizabeth Wilson assesses the Russian master's skills and powers of interpretation for the Great Cellists series.
In our regular sections: Masterclass features Rachel Barton Pine, who marks up the sheet music for the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; In Focus gives a close-up view of a c.1690 violin by Willem van der Sijde; Matt Wehling shares his method for building an ebony stop into a bow frog in Trade Secrets; Amsterdam-based luthier Gudrun Kremeier invites us into his workshop in My Space; violinist Boris Kuschnir gives tips on improving movement in the bow hand and wrist in Technique; US maker and researcher Gregg Alf shares memories and experiences in Life Lessons; a reader asks about the usefulness of obtaining a dendrochronology report when buying a violin in Ask the Experts; and cellist Natalie Clein talks about her relationship with the Schubert Quintet in Sentimental Work.