No. 257, September 2016

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Bonds of Friendship

For his latest release, Joshua Bell joins with longtime musical partners Steven Isserlis and Jeremy Denk to rediscover Brahms and unearth a Schumann rarity

By Thomas May

 

Strad Discovery

The many similarities with another example exhibited at the Chi Mei Museum in Taiwan provide unprecedented evidence of Stradivari’s case production in series

By Dimitri Musafia

 

To a Cello Legend, with Love

The second International Piatigorsky Cello Festival delivers all-star talent and a celebration of all things cello

By Stephanie Powell

 

SPECIAL FOCUS

College & Conservatory

 

Musical Merger

Students excited and concerned as two Boston music schools join forces

By Patrick Sullivan

 

Pathfinder

Choosing the best college music program for you

By Cristina Schreil

 

There’s an App for That

5 apps for the college or conservatory string student

By Louise Lee

 

Editor’s Note

 

News & Notes

Klein Competition won by a bassist for the first time; the Kepler Quartet finishes recording Ben Johnston’s complete works for quartet; and more; plus 5 minutes with Stefan Jackie

 

News Spotlight

Electro-acoustic composer Mason Bates teams up with the San Francisco Symphony for ‘Works for Orchestra’

 

Curtain Call

Violinist Cassandra Sotos on a unique way of giving back

 

Tales of the Trade

Luthier Andrew Carruthers on his journey as a violin maker and leap to graphic design

 

Your Instrument

The importance and sophistication of purfling—and the dangers of making it in the bathtub of a New York apartment

 

New Products

Tonareli’s Scala Corta cello offers a full-size instrument with shorter string length, and Super-Sensitive’s new Red Label Pearl violin strings

 

On My Music Stand

Violinist Jennifer Koh on the creative space for exploration that Tchaikovsky’s works provide

 

My Studio

Help from a musical hero defined two important facets of Renata Bratt’s teaching career

 

REVIEWS

On Record: The Cypress String Quartet disbands—after the group finishes recording Beethoven’s complete cycle, and more.

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