No. 129, May 2005

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String Focus

Living History
Irish fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada and his band Téada embrace tradition By Simone Solondz

All for One
A few tips from the pros on finding the right chamber music partners By Carolyn S. Ellis

What I've Learned: Find Your Voice
Rachel Barton Pine shares her knowledge on how to best find and develop your musical voice and identity By Rachel Barton Pine

Double Take
The Emersons record Mendelssohn's quartets and a little something extra all by themselves By James Reel

Casting Call
The tried-and-true takes some tips from the new as chamber music goes theatrical By David Templeton

The Rise and Fall of Herbert Axelrod
How one of the world's foremost stringed-instrument collectors hit a sour note By Kevin McKeough

 

News & Notes 

ASTA Winners The co-Grand Champions of the 2005 ASTA with NSOA National Orchestra Festival are the San Domenico Orchestra da Camera and the Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra. Alternative style soloists also received awards

Calling All Cellists On May 22, Kobe, Japan, will host the Third 1,000 Cellists Concert as part of the 2005 International Cello Congress. Conductors include Mstislav Rostropovich and Naoto Otomo. Concerts by Janos Starker, Mineo Hayashi, Jing Zhao, and others

Cleveland Bound The Miró Quartet receives the 2005 Cleveland Quartet Award, a biennial prize bestowed by Chamber Music America

Fiddle Sticks After an eight-year absence, the Grand Master Fiddle Championship is returning this fall

The Sphinx Winners 2005 Sphinx winners: first place, Christina Castelli (violin); second place, Mariana Green-Hill (violin); third place, Christopher Jenkins (viola); Achievement Award, Gareth Johnson (violin)

Carnegie Debut The Grand Rapids Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut on May 21 as part of its 75th-anniversary celebration. Featured soloist: Dylana Jenson

Philharmonia Orchestra at 60 The fourth oldest of London's five major orchestras, the Philharmonia was founded in 1946 and celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a gala concert featuring Vadim Repin By Inge Kjemtrup

Parting Gift Garry Karr parts with the instrument that shaped his career. Karr received the Amati bass, previously owned by Serge Koussevitzy, after the predecessor's widow saw her husband's ghost embrace Karr onstage as he performed By Karin Beuerlein

Passings Martyn Bennett, traditional Scottish bagpiper and fiddler, died January 30 of cancer

Practical Musician 

Sound Advice Tips for your first studio-recording project. A basic beginner's how-to guide for making that first studio recording By Jim Wood

Strings 101 

Explore Your Inner Melody Go inside the chords and find the key to improvisation. Tips for learning how to improvise, including suggestions from Martin Norgaard and musical examples By James Reel

Play It! 

A Unified Voice Rediscovering Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2 in C Major. An in-depth look at this work, commissioned by the Zorian Quartet in homage to Henry Purcell and to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his death By Daniel Felsenfeld

Master Class 

A Violist's Dream Technique and intuition rule the dynamic Adagio movement of Beethoven's E-flat Quartet, Op. 127. Roger Tapping, previously violist for the Takács Quartet, speaks about Beethoven, the history of his quartets, and how he's approached playing the full quartet cycle. With musical examples By Heather K. Scott

Letter From 

Touring the Indian Nations A string quartet explores the work of young composers on the reservations. The Calder Quartet takes to the road with the Native American Composers Apprentice Project, and tours Arizona's Indian reservations By Andrew Bulbrook

Play It! 

Grace. Music from the late Jeff Buckley, as transcribed by the Section founder and lead violinists, Eric Gorfain By Eric Gorfain

In Print 

Going Home Smetana duets give voice to his native roots in new urtext edition. From My Native Land: Two Duets for Violin and Piano, by Bedrich Smetana. J. Henle. $25.95 By Mary Nemet

Combocom: Klezmer, Kaffeehausmusik, and Samba-Salsa-Son Arrangements for variable instrumentation by Henner Diederich. Bärenreiter, €18.95 each By Mary Nemet

Fifteen Duos Abécédaires for Two Violins, Op. 85 by Jacques-Féréol Mazas. Carl Fischer Music Library, $14.95 By Mary Nemet

Truth Stranger Than Historical Fiction? Marrying Mozart (Penguin Books, $14), by Stehanie Cowell, Mozart in the Jungle (Atlantic Monthly Press, $24) by Blair Tindell, and Ophelia's Fan (W.W. Norton, $24.95)--three entertaining historical fiction novels newly published By Heather K. Scott

On Record 

'Suite' Soul Music Bach: The Cello Suites. Jian Wang, cello. (Deutsche Grammophon, B0003895-02) By Greg Cahill

Jehile Stands Alone: Solo Fiddle Jehile Kirkhuff, fiddle. (Old Time Music, RR 4 Box 39, Montrose, PA 18801) By Stacy Phillips

Schumann: Cello Concerto, Bloch: Schelomo; Bruch: Kol Nidrei Truls Mørk, cello; Paavo Järvi conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. (Virgin Classics, 7243 5 45664) By Edith Eisler

Walter Leigh: Complete Chamber Works Locrian Ensemble. (Epoch, CDLX 7143) By Edith Eisler

The Violin Sonatas of Francesco Maria Veracini; Der Türken Anmarsch John Holloway, violin; Jaap ter Linden, cello; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord (ECM, 1889). Violin sonatas of Heinrich Franz Biber and Georg Muffat. John Holloway, violin; Aloysia Assenbaum, organ; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, harpsichord. (ECM, 1837) By Greg Cahill

Dual Debuts Romance of the Violin by Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone are now both available has hybrid dual discs, which can be played in either a DVD or CD player By Greg Cahill

John Foulds Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Hope, violin; Sakari Oramo conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony and Youth Chorus. (Warner Classics, 2561 6125-2) By Edith Eisler

Mugam Sayagi Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Kronos Quartet: David Harrington and John Sherba, violins; Hank Dutt, viola; and Jennifer Culp, cello. (Nonescuh, 79804) By Greg Cahill

Dorothy Howell: Chamber Music Lorraine McAslan, violin, Sophie Rahman, piano. (Epoch, CDLX 7144) By Edith Eisler

Richter 858 Bill Frisell, guitars and electronics; Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello. (Songlines, 1551-2) By Greg Cahill

Going Baroque William Byrd: Consort Songs, Fretwork, with Emma Kirkby, soprano; Music for the Sun King at Versailles, Les Arts Florissants, with music director William Christie; and more By Greg Cahill

On Stage 

Viva La France! The Ysaÿe Quartet and Paris Piano Trio host a musical travelogue. Music at the newly renovated Sunset Center, home of the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California By Scott MacClelland

Your Instrument 

Howling Wolf How to tame the troublesome tone that plagues most cellos. Discussion of wolf tones: what they are, what they mean, and products/accessories for taming them By Sarah Freiberg

Auction Highlights 

It's the Bows, Don't You Know A bevy of celebrity sticks takes center stage at Sotheby's winter sale Highlights of the winter auction season at Sotheby's, Tarisio, and Bonhams By Erin Shrader 

New Products 

Gut Frets? How about an affordable six-string Chinese-made violone? Baroque cello, Barak Norman bass viola da gamba, and violone by Charlie Ogle; professional braided carbon-fiber bows by Glasser; Wittner chin rest; UrbanPro electric violin from UrbanStrings; and music-education cards from The Enterprising Rabbit By Erin Shrader

Encore 

Planetary Probe Novi Novog's brilliant viola work lights up a wide range of musical genres. Novog talks about her viola crossover playing, improvisation, composition, and teaching By Simone Solondz

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