No. 138, April 2006

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April Towers
French-Canadian fiddler April Verch has risen to the top of her craft while showing some fancy footwork By Robert L. Doerschuk

California Dreamin'
Violinist Gilles Apap leaps genres—and mountain tops—with the greatest of ease By Inge Kjemtrup

Patience and Band-Aids
A beginner's guide to building a stringed instrument kit By Heather K. Scott

Subject to Change
Innovation has been slow to catch on in the violin-making trade, but that hasn't discouraged modern-day innovators By Joseph Curtin

The Bottom Line
Bass makers and players are collaborating to craft new instruments suited to the strict demands of the 21st-century musician By Erin Shrader

News & Notes
Bench Marks National Symphony Orchestra celebrates 75th season; Carl Becker and Son opens branch in Taipei, Taiwan; Luthier David Rivinus donates one of his ergonomic violas to the National Music Museum; and much more By Greg Cahill

Hammer Time. A Stradivari violin, named for 19th century Swedish collector Christian Hammer, will be auctioned at Christie's, with a presale estimate of $1.5 million to $2.5 million By Erin Shrader

Something Old, Something New. Lasse Hallstrom's film Casanova is backed by a Baroque soundtrack By Tiffany Martini

Missing Milhaud Surfaces. An obscure Darius Milhaud string quartet, rediscovered in 2000, receives its world premiere By Greg Cahill

Top Cello. Marie-Elisabeth Hecker wins first prize in the 8th Rostropovich International Cello Competition By Greg Cahill

News Spotlight
String Gala. Benefit concert marks SLP's 20th anniversary and gives a boost to national String Projects By Tiffany Martini

Practical Musician
Get to Work. Students can get paid to do what they do best in the classroom By Tiffany Martini

Strings 101
The Inner Diva. Learn to shine as an accompanying violist By James Reel

Encore
Let's Get Digital Video-game scores have come a long way since the blips and beeps of the 80's By Tiffany Martini

Play It!
'Red Shoe' Diary. A Cape Breton reel that drives like a train By Natalie MacMaster

Master Class
A Forgotten Treasure Rediscovering the A minor Cello Concerto of Johann Wilhelm Hertel.
By Sarah Freiberg

Letter From
Letter From the Subway. A Juilliard student shares a few notes from the underground By Claudia Schaer

On Record
Historic Russian Archives: David Oistrakh. Violin concertos by Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Shostakovich, Lalo, Bruch, Beethoven, Kabalevsky, Taneyev, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Bartók, Szymanowski, Hindemith, Glazunov, Stravinsky, Miaskovsky, Chausson, and Ravel. Various orchestras By Laurence Vittes

Schubert, TooSchubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759, the "Unfinished"; Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944, the Great; Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944
A pair of new discs offer two takes on the great man's Great Symphony By Edith Eisler

Electric Cello. David Pereira, cello By Mary Nemet

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107; Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40. Han-Na Chang, cello By Edith Eisler

Independent Spirit Small labels have their share of excellent recordings By Greg Cahill

In Print
Analyze ThisExpressive Forms in Brahms' Intrumental Music.
Peter Smith deconstructs Brahms' Werther Piano Quartet By Edith Eisler

Bach Sonatas in G Major and E Minor, Fugue in G Minor (urtext edition). Edited by Peter Wollny By Paul Hormick

Franz Clement: Violin Concerto in D Major. Edited by Clive Brown By Eliana Fiore

Get SmartSmart Violin Method
By Sandy Herrault By Edith Eisler

On Stage
From Russia, with Love. Natalia Gutman embraces Shostakovich's Trio No. 2 in a bravura performance By Edith Eisler

Your Instrument
Just Wipe it Off. Rethinking the old clean-and-polish routine By Erin Shrader

New Products
Alternative Styles. Instrument makers turn to synthetic materials in new and innovative ways By Erin Shrader

Encore
Two for One. Sara Caswell dances between jazz and classical without ever crossing over By Tiffany Martini

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