No. 171, July 2009


'Concerto in C Major for Violin and String Orchestra (Piano Reduction),' by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (Schott, €11.95)

'J.S. Bach Preludio in E, BWV 1006/1, and Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004/5,' for Violin and Piano, Piano Accompaniment by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Edited by Anselm Hartinger (Breitkopf urtext, €13)

'Leoš Janácek: Works for Violoncello and Piano' (Bärenreiter urtext, €16.95)

'Rush for Solo Violin,' by Augusta Read Thomas (G. Schirmer, $4.95)

A Buyer's Guide to Violins Under $2,500
Need a student instrument? A second violin? A good quality fiddle for contradance gigs? Find an affordable fiddle to match your budget

Avoid Buying a Counterfeit Classic Bow
As bow prices skyrocket, counterfeit classics are becoming more common. What you can do to protect your investment

Ben Hong's Cello Solo Fitting Entry for Marianelli Score
The Soloist. Ben Hong, cello; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond. (Decca)?

Bluegrass Bassist Missy Raines
Even as a leader, this bassist likes to strike up a musical conversation

Chinary Ung Finds His Multi-Cultural Voice
Chinary Ung: “Khse Buon” for solo viola; “Child Song” for alto flute, harp and viola; Seven Mirrors for piano; Susan Ung, viola (Bridge Records)

Chinese Violinist Tianwa Yang Gives Voice to 'Fantasies'
Sarasate: Concert Fantasies, Tianwa Yang, violin; Markus Hadulla, piano (Naxos)?

Create an Effective Relationship with Your Students
Suzuki instructor Ronda Cole on avoiding common mistakes, how to find confidence, and what Suzuki has to offer

Discover Tovey's Sonata for Two Cellos
You'll find this work is a Romantic-style treat

Editors' Top 10 New Products
10 noteworthy products from the past 12 months that can enhance a string player's experience

Finding an Investment at Auction as the Economy Falters
Buyers of fine fiddles can still find good investments; just follow a few simple rules

Guarneri Quartet's Spirit Infuses 'Hungarian Album'
Guarneri Quartet: The Hungarian Album (Sony Music)?

How to Fix, or at Least Control, a Wolf Tone
New products aim to eliminate that telltale howl caused by annoying wolf tones

Jonathan Leshnoff's Powerful 'Reflections'
Jonathan Leshnoff: Violin Concerto; Distant Reflections; String Quartet No.1, “Pearl German”; Charles Wetherbee, violin; Carpe Diem String Quartet; Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Markand Thakar, cond. (Naxos)

Joshua Bell Lends a Hand to Music Educators, LA Phil Cellist Ben Hong Coaches a Hollywood Star

Ludwig Thuille's Artistry Recalled in New Recording
Sonatas of Thuille, Tovey, and Dohnányi. Marcy Rosen, Frances Rowell, cello; Lydia Artymiw, piano (Bridge Records)

Mendelssohn's Violin Connections
Known for the Romantic notions that flowed from his pen, the composer also was an accomplished string player and mentor to the influential violinist Joseph Joachim

Notes from the 11th London International String Quartet Competition
Audience opinion once again differs from that of the judges

Play Coldplay's 'Yellow'
Try this string-quartet arrangement of the simple, emotional pop tune

Play Your Stringed Instrument Faster
3 tips to up your speed with precision

Profile of Violinist Philippe Quint
On finding your sacred space and remaining loyal to the music

Quartetto Gelato's New CD a Heady Mix of Styles, Sounds
Musica Latina, Quartetto Gelato with the Penderecki String Quartet (Linus)

The Role of the Guest Concertmaster
These violinists are the beneficiaries of a radical experiment in the orchestral world

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili Celebrates Germany, Georgia in New Recording
Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Miniatures; Lisa Batiashvili, violin and director; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Georgian Chamber Orchestra. (Sony)

YouTube Symphony Orchestra Makes Its Debut
Performance sells out in brick-and-mortar world of Carnegie Hall

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