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  • March 2017

    Richard Tognetti discusses new music and we find out how top players go about choosing a new bow. Rachel Barton Pine discusses Elgar and Bruch, and cellist Antonio Lysy talks intonation. Plus the life and instruments of Pietro Guarneri of Mantua.

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  • February 2017

    Vuillaume's 'Evangelists' quartet, cellist and gambist Christophe Coin and a tour of French folk fiddling styles are among the highlights of a France-themed issue. Plus, interviews with Leon Bosch, Kim Kashkashian and Paul Silverthorne.

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  • January 2017

    We examine how today's composers are pushing the boundaries of the violin concerto form, and Sam Zygmuntowicz discusses the cutting edge of violin research. Augustin Hadelich completes his Tchaikovsky Masterclass and we talk to the Emerson Quartet, 40 years after its formation. Plus Lynn Harrell's Sentimental Work.

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  • December 2016

    Tasmin Little discusses her love for British composers and we examine the 1727 ‘Benvenuti’ Stradivari violin using high-resolution micro-CT scans. Sarah Chang talks about her love of Brahms and Augustin Hadelich gives a detailed guide to Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Masterclass. Plus a collector’s guide to Bloch’s Schelomo

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  • November 2016

    We examine how strings became an integral part of minimalist music, and talk to Jennifer Koh about her return to the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Paul Neubauer discusses his love of Joan Tower’s works and we assess the career of Felix Salmond. Plus our annual Accessories supplement.

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  • October 2016

    Violinist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott talk about the challenges of working as a duo; Kronos Quartet violinist David Harrington discusses the ensemble’s relationship with composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen; five string players in their twenties describe their experiences of building a performing career; and Paul Silverthorne gives fingerings and annotations for Brahms's Viola Sonata op.120 no.2.

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  • September 2016

    In this education-themed special issue, veteran violinist–violist Pinchas Zukerman talks about his life in string education; we take a look at the effectiveness of improvisation as a learning tool; lutherie schools divulge how they approach sound; and we explore the work of Dall'Aglio and Coppi, two Mantuan makers of the early 19th century.

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  • August 2016

    Delivery from 20 July 2016
    Cellist Sol Gabetta talks about instruments, technique and finding her own voice, and we examine a rare 1710 Stradivari cello. There’s a historical look at quartet playing, and Christine Hoock gives a Vanhal Masterclass. Plus cellist Robert deMaine on Hindemith.

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  • July 2016

    Chamber music tutor Tim Frederiksen discusses putting together string quartets and we examine the history of violin making in Amsterdam. Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis discuss their latest collaboration, and there’s an In Focus on a Stradivari cello. Plus bassist Dan Styffe on Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel.

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