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  • October 2009

    We investigate string allusions in Shakespeare’s plays and there’s an appreciation of 90-year-old concertmaster Michel Schwalbé. Arnold Steinhardt gives a touching farewell as the Guarneri Quartet disbands, and Ida Haendel remembers French violinist Ginette Niveu.

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  • September 2009

    In a teaching special, we investigate the optimum age to start learning, and why teaching all levels together pays dividends. We review the life of the late Chinese pedagogue Lin Yaoji and explore chamber music courses in the UK. Plus, Nathan Milstein, Levon Chilingirian and Mischa Maisky.

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  • August 2009

    The St Lawrence Quartet talks about combining high-jinks with high-quality playing, and viol expert Jordi Savall discusses his passion for Scottish and Irish folk music. We tell the stories of early Australian luthiers and there’s a Masterclass by top Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos.

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  • July 2009

    A 1717 Rogeri cello comes under the spotlight and we explore the career of violinist Henryk Szeryng. There’s a look at recordings of Bloch’s Schelomo, a c.1770 violin by Paolo Castello and an investigation into Hindemith’s relationship with the viola. Plus, Simon Fischer on how to ‘warm down’.

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  • June 2009

    Gary Karr gives tips on playing by touch alone, and Joseph Curtin begins a two-part exploration into the acoustic tones of Italian instruments. We examine the dazzling technique of Jascha Heifetz, explore unusual repertoire for quintet, and look back at the career of Szymon Goldberg, ‘the man who put Mozart on the map’.

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  • May 2009

    Viktoria Mullova discusses playing on a Baroque violin and there’s a report on research into Stradivari’s varnish. Players discuss performing Haydn’s quartets and we ask how luthiers can market themselves successfully. Plus, a look at the violin-playing skills of super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

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  • April 2009

    We talk to British bassist Danny Thompson as he celebrates his 70th birthday, teachers discuss how prodigies should be tutored and we explore the stories of France’s unsung cello heroines. Kenneth Sillito discusses playing Dvorak’s Serenade and Roger Rose gives a guide to making a viol bridge.

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  • March 2009

    Yehudi Menuhin’s career comes under the spotlight and we report from the Eindhoven string competition. Steven Isserlis reveals his passion for Schumann, we hand on tips on buying an instrument and there’s a profile of the Sacconi Quartet. Plus, Peter Cropper discusses how to play Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata.

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  • February 2009

    We examine the 1715 ‘Titian’ Stradivari using the latest technological methods, celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth and investigate the history of the Cretan lyra. Plus, a report from the VSA Competition, advice on commissioning instruments and an interview with the Paris-based Calvet Quartet.

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