No. 126, February 2005

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Strings Focus
The New Generation of String Players

Motown Sounds
The Troy High Symphony strings is setting new standards for youth orchestras By James Reel

A Fresh Spin
Classically trained players take the violin into the high-energy world of hip-hop By David Templeton

What I've Learned
Hilary Hahn: Be Yourself By Hilary Hahn

Master of the Universe
In Early Music, violinist Rachel Podger found a second calling By James Reel

Exploring Carnatic Violin
The sinuous style of South Indian classical music By Gordon Swift

News & Notes
Like Minds The 11th Annual Other Minds Music Festival will be held in San Francisco Feb. 24–26. Participants include: Daniel Bernard Roumain, De Sol String Quartet, DJ Scientific, Maria de Alvear, Jean Jenrenaud, Amelia Cuni, and Billy Bang

Max Goes to Naxos Naxos label commissions ten quartets, in collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and the Maggini Quartet By Daniel Felsenfeld

Rising Starts of Lutherie The 16th Violin Society of America International Competition award winners include Feng Jiang, Kelvin Scott, Nicolas Gilles, Patrick Charton, William Scott, Haiko Seifert, William Lakeberg, Pierre-Yves Fuchs, Rodney Mohr, Robert Morrow, and more

Viva La France Jean-René Gehan announces the first grants awarded by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music. The program was launched in Feb. 2004 and a festival held the following month was attended by Pierre Boulez and Elliot Carter

Musical Chairs James Levine starts his first season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Harvey Wolfe retires from the Cleveland Orchestra

The Strathmore Five Five young talented cellists will have a chance to perform onstage with Yo-Yo Ma at the Baltimore Symphony's gala opening celebration of the Music Center at Strathmore, Maryland on Feb. 5

Bard Opens New Conservatory Bard College in upstate New York opens a new conservatory, scheduled to begin in the fall of 2005. Robert Martin will be the conservatory director

Passings Wilfred Saunders, one of the UK's most respected luthiers, dies at the age of 76. Jazz violoinist Claude Williams will be remembered in a NYC memorial service on Feb. 20

Strings 101
Groove Thang It's only rock 'n' roll, but a lot of string players like it. How to translate rock energy and individuality to a bowed stringed instrument. With technical tips for playing. Plus music to play By James Reel

Play It!
Quartet a la Brubeck Delve into the time-shifting music of jazz composer Dave Brubeck Jeremy Cohen and the San Francisco Quartet translate the jazz of Brubeck in a new string-quartet arrangement. With music to play By Emily Onderdonk

Master Class
Cello Challenge Learning to write cello études for Beethoven's string quartets. Deciphering études, their purpose and elements, and applying the technique of writing them to Beethoven's string quartets By Marcelo Sanches

In Print
Not So Stark After All Cellist and educator Janos Starker recounts his life with wit and insight. The World of Music According to Starker, by Janos Starker. Indiana University Press. $29.95 (Bonus CD included) By Robert Battey

Grisha: The Story of Russian-America Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky by Margaret Bartley. Otis Mountain Press. $19.95 By Patricia McCarty

Briefly Noted What Makes Mozart's Jupiter Symphony Great, by Rob Kapilow, $9.98. Classical Kids series, by The Children's Group, $31.96. The Story of Classical Music, multi-CD set from Naxos Audio Books (read by Marin Alsop), $19.98

Orchestral Bowing: Style and Function By James Kjelland. Alfred, $24.95 By Meg Eldridge

On Record
A Mixed Bag Yo-Yo Ma saddles up with a spaghetti-Western composer and pays homage to Dvorák. Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone. Yo-Yo Ma cello (Sony Classical, 93456) The Dvorak Album. Cello Concerto in B minor, OP. 104; Klid (Silent Woods) for cello and orchestra, and more; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Itzhak Perlman, violin; and more. (Sony Classical, 92858) By Edith Eisler

Mozart: Sonatas for Keyboard and Violin, K.6, 378, 379, 547 Rachel Podger, violin; Gary Cooper, fortepiano. (Channel Classics, 21804) By James Reel

A True Classic RCA Read Seal classic library is back with digitally remaster, 24-bit high-definition recordings; including violinist Laurent Korcia's recording of Fauré's Six Nocturnes/Violin Sonata No. 1 By Greg Cahill

Im Maien: Ludwig Senfl, Songs and Consort Music Fretwork (William Hunt, Richard Campbell, Susanne Pell, Julia Hodgson, Wendy Gillespie, and Richard Botthby) with Charles Daniels, tenor (Harmonia Mundi, 907334) By Laurence Vittes

Musickes Sweetest Joyes Music by Christopher Simpson, Robert Jones, William Corkine, Tobias Humbe, Matthew Lock, John Dowland, and Nicolas Lanier. Mieneke van der Velden, viola da gamba and lyra viol; and more. (Channel Classics, 21204) By Laurence Vittes

The Concerto Project, Vol. 1 Philip Glass. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Julian Lloyd Webber, cello. Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra. Evelyn Glennie and Jonathan Haas, timpani. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz. (Orange Music, By Greg Cahill

Vivaldi II Nigel Kennedy and Daniel Stabrawa, violin; Olaf Maninger, cello ;Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord; Taro Takeuchi, therobo and Baroque guitars; and Albrecht Mayer, oboe; Berlin Philharmonic. (EMI, 5 578592) By Edith Eisler

Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A minor. Bloch Schelomo. Zara Nelsova, cello, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult (Lalo and Saint-Saën and Ernest Ansermet. (Testament, 1361) By Laurence Vittes

Mendelssohn: Trio No. 1, Dvorak: Dumky Trio Beau Arts Trio: Daniel Hope, violin; Antonio Menes, cello; and Manahem Pressler, piano. (Warner Classics, 2561 61492-2) By Edith Eisler

Musical Soirée at Ainola, Home of Jean Sibelius Jean Sibelius Works for Violin and Piano (Five Pieces, Op. 81. Four Pieces, Op. 78. Danses champêtres, Op. 106. Four Pieces, Op. 115. Three Pieces, Op. 116). Pekka Kuuisisto, fiolin; Heini Kärkkälinen, piano (Ondine, 1046-2) By Laurence Vittes

On Stage
Vintage Sounds Andre Manze and the English Concert give Stanford audience a taste of fine Baroque music By Scott MacClelland

Shop Visit
Under the Umbrian Sun Perugia Classico offers living music history in Central Italy. Perugia, Italy, plays an important role in the historic and religious of Italy--and it also hosts the Perufia Classico, the nation's only festival dedicate to Italian-made instruments and music By Joel Becktell

Auction Highlights
Lost and Found Guadagnini shines as Pieter Wispelwey's new star cello. Christie's sale sees Wispelway win a new Guad agnini and Bonhams watches a Guadagnini violin bring in a high price. Sotheby's also celebrates a healthy sale By Erin Shrader

New Products
New digital device lends lots of flash to home-recording projects R-1 Wave/MP3 Recorder from Edirol, $550. Might Bright Sight Reader, $29.95. Broomstick Bass from Bornemark Software, €261. Meisel 1917 case, $124.95 By Erin Shrader

Encore
The Future Starts Now Paul Zukofsky is carrying the high-modernist banner. Zukofsky releases a series of compact discs devoted to high-modernist music of the second half of the 20th century By James Reel

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