No. 144, December 2006

No. 144, December 2006

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Fiddler on the Verge
As one third of bluegrass phenom Nickel Creek, Sara Watkins has lingered in the shadows. All that is about to change By Scott Nygaard

Suite Soul Music
Bach's Solo Cello Suites rank among the most familiar etudes in the standard repertoire. So why are top players drawn to these monumental works over and over again? By James Reel

'The Pages of My Life and Work'
The story behind the painful birth of Shostakovich's Sonata Op. 147 for viola and piano - the composer's final work By Fedor Druzhinin

Spirit of the Season
20 (or more) holiday gift ideas that will help inspire the string player in your life By Tiffany Martini


News & Notes
Bench Marks. Nader Mashayekhi, new music director of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, violinist Chloe Hanslip's debut recording, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra gets back on its feet, Cypress String Quartet presents six free mid-day concerts and much more

Carry On. The recent airline restrictions for carry on luggage have forced many players and their instruments to find alternate means of transportation By Tiffany Martini

Christie's Hires London Specialist, Suspends Sales. Christie's has hired Benjamin Hebbert as a Eurpean liaison, and has decided to suspend sales in London for the time being By Erin Shrader

Seated Ovation. The world's first "virtual orchestra" comes to life, thanks to a collaborative effort from London's Phil-Harmonia Orchestra, the South Bank Center, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design By Tiffany Martini

New Juilliard Dean Named. Ara Guzelimian will take over as the new dean of Juilliard School of Music at the start of 2007 By Tiffany Martini

Hail to the Halls. New opening of the Carnival Center in Miami for the resident orchestra, New World Symphony, new Knight Concert Hall and Ziff Ballet Opera, Segerstrom Concert Hall, Orange County Performing Arts center and more give concert-goers something to howl about By Tiffany Martini

Lounge Lizards. Classical Lounge ( is a new website dedicated to classical musicians, and is rapidly gaining popularity among players, fans and composers By Tiffany Martini

News Spotlight
Going for the Gold. Bravura performances at the Olympics of violin competitions By Elaine Fine

Practical Musician
Sweet Sound of Success. Learning the ins and outs of room acoustics can make all the difference By Sarah Freiberg
Strings 101
Rock It!. When it comes to developing vibrato, it's best to keep it natural By Cathleen Jeffcoat

Play It!
Giggin' with Vivaldi. 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo' is a jubilant addition to your holiday repertoire By Graham Pellettieri

No Guts, No Glory. Digging into 'Chanukah, Oh Chanukah' By Matt Springer

Master Class
Points North. Henning Kraggerud on the Third Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, Op. 45 By Maia Jasper

On Record
Lionel Tertis (1876-1975): The father of modern viola playing. The complete Columbia Recordings (1924-33). Four-CD set by the great Lionel Tertis By Laurence Vittes

Best of Friends. New CD reunites old pals Chopin and Liszt By Edith Eisler

Greenberg: Symphony No. 5; String Quintet.. London Symphony Orchestra, José Serebrier cond.: Juilliard String Quartet with cellist Darrett Adkins By James Reel

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-3.. Europa Galante; Fabio Biondi, violin and cond By Edith Eisler

Sounds of the Season. Annie Moses Band and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg release holiday albums By Greg Cahill

In Print
Behind the Baton. Mischa Mischakoff: Born to be a concertmaster By Jeffrey Solow

Ignace Pleyel: Six Quartets, Op. 1, (Vol. 4 in the series The Early String Quartet). Edited by Simon P. Keefe. Steglein Publishing,, $20 (parts); $60 (score) By Sarah Freiberg

The Adventures of a Cello. By Carlos Prieto, translated by Elena C. Murray. University of Texas Press,, $24.95 By Edith Eisler

Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22. By Clara Schumann. Edited by Joachim Draheim. Breitkopf and Härtel, By Graham Pellettieri

For the Love of Music: Invitations to Listening. By Michael Steinberg and Larry Rothe. Oxford University Press,, $28 By Robert Battey

Your Instrument
Sound Investment. Even the most humble violin can be made to play tolerably with a skillful setup By Richard Ward

Shop Visit
Into Another Dimension. Bass players have a champion in New York luthier David Gage By Erin Shrader

New Products
New Chinrest from Ifshin Violins. Flesch-, Kaufman-, and Zitsman-style chinrests from Ifshin Violins, Celebrate the Strings! Calendar from the Violin Case, and a bookmark metronome by Mark My Time By Erin Shrader

One-Man Band. Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin fabricates a creative solo ensemble recording By Laura Schiller

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