No. 315, November/December 2023
Our cover story this issue discusses why cellists are so often involved in political causes. From Denys Karachevtsev playing in the rubble-strewn streets of Kharkiv, Ukraine, to Mstislav Rostropovich remaining “a constant thorn in the side of the Soviet government” to Pablo Casals’ refusal to return to his Spanish homeland until “democracy returned,” where there is political upheaval, there is often a cellist using music to bring attention to the situation. It is a phenomenon worth pondering. Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll also find a special section on Vintage Instruments & Bows with a focus on family dynasties.
Also in this issue:
- Cellist Alexander Hersh’s ode to absinthe
- The convivial spirit of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective
- 100 years of inspiration: the Ysaÿe Violin Sonatas
- Maddie Denton celebrates her family’s fiddling heritage
- A new commission by Joshua Bell
And more . . .
New to the store: we are pleased to offer select sheet music related to the stories in this issue. Play the issue!