No. 130, June/July 2005


It's Valuation Day
Auction-house experts offer free, confidential valuations of musical instruments By Erin Shrader

Something Old . . .
Finding an affordable antique instrument By James N. McKean

Something New . . .
How to choose a contemporary instrument By Wendy Moes

Stepping Up
Considering your first good instrument By Susan M. Barbieri

Stick to It
A few tips on selecting a good bow By Susan M. Barbieri

The Ins and Outs of Insurance
How to determine the right amount of coverage for your instrument or bow By Erin Shrader

Case-by-Case Basis
A few pointers on selecting a new instrument case By Erin Shrader

News & Notes 

Amati tribute National Music Museum exhibit of and symposium on Amati instruments By Greg Cahill

Benchmarks Jail Time for Axelrod's Guarneri String Quartet marks its 40th anniversary; Concert Artists Guild 2005 International Competition; Michael Hill International Violin Competition

LSO on the Road London Symphony wraps up its 100th anniversary with a trip to Florida By Greg Cahill

Cachao Wows the Crowd Cuban bassist Israel Cachao Lopez feted in San Francisco By Elisa M. Welch

Face Off 2005 Klein Competition preview By David Templeton

Cadogan Hall Opens in London New classical music venue opens in London By Inge Kjemtrup

News Spotlight 

Stopping at the Top After 40 years, the Lindsays bid farewell to their fans. Lindsay Quartet call it quits By Inge Kjemtrup

Practical Musician 

Picture Perfect Taking instrument portraits is a snap, if you know how By Richard Ward

Strings 101 

Lone Star State of Mind Learn the art of Texas-style contest fiddling. David Wallace discusses Texas fiddling By James Reel

Play It! 

Spanish Serenade A Dutch master's tribute to Catalan cellist Pablo Casals. The year 2005 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Dutch musician Julius Röntgen By Geoffrey Dean

Master Class 

Jazzy Gems Aaron Copland's Nocturne and Ukelele Serenade for violin and piano. By William Terwilliger and Andrew Cooperstock

Letter From 

Letter from Denmark All That (Nordic) Jazz. Welcome to the land of Legos, the Little Mermaid, and jazz fiddle impresario Svend Asmussen. Turtle Island violist remembers By Mads Tolling

Buyer's Guide 

Directory Listings 2005 Buyer's Gude directory. Paid listings of makers, dealers, suppliers, and more 

On Record 

LSO Centennial Set London Symphony Orchestra's 100th anniversary box set reviewed By Edith Eisler

Schubert: String Quartets Vol. II: Quartet in E Major D 353, Quartet in A Minor D 804 Mandelring Quartett. (Audite, 92.524) By Edith Eisler

Southern Summits: 21 Duets for Fiddle and Banjo Old-time Appalachian fiddle music by Alan Jabbour, fiddle; Ken Perlman, banjo. ( or [202] 333-1089) By Greg Cahill

The Fine Arts Quartet at WFMT Radio 8 CD set reviews, Music & Arts, 1154 By Laurence Vittes

Tunes Sharon Shannon, accordions; Frankie Gavin, fiddles; Michael McGoldrick, flutes and whistles; Jim Murray, guitars. (Compass Records, 7-4405-2) By Elisa M. Welch

Bolivian Baroque: Baroque Music from the Missions of the Chiquitos and Moxos Indians Florilegium (Channel Classics, 22105) By Greg Cahill

Play On Celtic Fiddle Festival: Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître, André Brunet, fiddles; Ged Foley, guitar (Green Linnet, GLCD 1230) By Elisa M. Welch

Rossini: Une larme Ensemble Explorations: (Harmonia Mundi, HMC 901847) By Edith Eisler

Vivaldi: 12 Concertos for Violin and Strings, Op. 8; Concerto for Two Violins in D major. Louis Kaufman and Peter Rybar, violins; Concert Hall Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Henry Swoboda; Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Clemens Dahinden. (Naxos, 8.110297-98) By Edith Eisler

Schoenberg: Handel-Schoenberg: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra; Suite for Piano; Lied der Waldtaube from "Gurrelieder;" The Book of Hanging Gardens 20th Century Classics Ensemble, conducted by Robert Craft (Naxos, 8.557520) By Edith Eisler

In Print 

Identity Crisis The search for America's classical-music identity, from 19th-century European imports to sky-high 21st-century ticket prices. Classical Music in America--A History of its Rise and Fall, a monumental book by Joseph Horowitz, offers a history of music in America from the mid-1800s to the present in a cultural, social, economic, and political context By Edith Eisler

Solos for Young Violins Solos for Young Violists, Vols. 4 and 5 (Viola and Piano), arranged by Barbara Barber. Warner Brothers Publications, $13.95 each By Tom Heimberg

Musical Instruments, Unusual and Unique Violins Musical Instruments, Unusual and Unique Violins: Violins and Violin Makers of the 20th Century, by Randolph Thompson Faulkner. Three Owls Press (, $135 By Jeffrey Solow

The Baroque Cello Revival The Baroque Cello Revival: An Oral History, by Paul Laird. Scarecrow Press (, $55 By Sarah Freiberg

Briefly Noted

On Stage
DaPonte Quartet By Daniel Felsenfeld

Guarneri Quartet By Scott MacClelland

Your Instrument 

Beat the Heat With proper instrument care, there are some cures for the summertime blues. Tips on preparing your instruments and bows for the summer heat and hunidity By Greg Cahill

Auction Highlights 

A Mixed Bag Christie's spring sale offered something for everyone, but not everybody was buying By Erin Shrader

New Products 

Bows on Trial Products Co. has developed the 30-day Studio Bow Trial, enabling a teacher's entire studio to try out and buy bows during normal lesson time By Erin Shrader

Fiddles Take Flight The Violin Shop in Nashville, in conjunction with Showcase Custom Cases, Inc., has produced a new line of sturdy violin and viola flight cases designed for dealers, exhibitors, and players who travel regularly with multiple instruments By Erin Shrader

Twice as Nice A single instrument for players of both violin and viola. A Jonathan Cooper hybrid fiddle By Erin Shrader


It was 40 Years Ago Today How the Beatles launched a string-playing revolution. A look back at "Yesterday" By Greg Cahill

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