No. 207, July 2012

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'Air: The Bach Album'

Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; English Chamber Orchestra, Steven Mercurio, cond. (eOne)

'On Our Way: The Journey of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the New Century Chamber Orchestra'
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, New Century Chamber Orchestra. (Counterpoint films)

2012 Art of Sound Competition Winners Announced

2012 Auction Guide 'The Red Book' Released


5 Minutes with . . . Philippe Quint

He's best known for his performances and recordings of standard classical repertoire—most recently, a CD of Beethoven's Romances coupled with the iconic concertos of Bruch and Mendelssohn. But two years ago, Russian-American violinist Philippe Quint started a tango group called the Quint Quintet. It is, he says, a labor of love.

A Humble Gamba Player Harbors Dream of World Peace
Jordi Savall returns to his exploration of intersecting cultures

A New Chamber-Music Work and All the Right Career Opportunities
67th Caramoor Music Festival presents latest in organization's 21st-century string quartet commissioning project

American Viola Society Announces Competition Winners
Michael Djupstrom wins grand prize for composition contest

Auction Benefits Japanese Tsunami Victims
More than a year after a trio of disasters hit Japan's Fukushima Prefecture, a group of Cremonese makers is working to keep attention on the devastation that still requires massive efforts.

Benedetti Gets New Strad Loaner

Cellist David Finckel Plans Exit Strategy from Emersons

Finckel will be replaced by Paul Watkins after 2012–13 season; he joins the Juilliard School faculty this fall
 
Czech Pedagogue Makes Learning Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto Easier
Otakar Sevcik's analytical studies break down difficult passages and help pave way to success

Daedalus Quartet Navigates New Work by Joan Tower
1st of four commissions by central California organization

Emanuel Feuermann: Unexpected Discoveries
The Complete Acoustic Recordings, 1921–26; and Selected Live Performances, 1938–41 (WHRA)

Exploring Jazz Violin: An introduction to jazz harmony, technique, and improvisation
by Chris Haigh. Schott, €27.95.

Harlem Quartet Heads Abroad
Heads for South African concert dates

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 104
Wiltshire Music Company, $22.

John W. Geoffrey Fushi, 1943–2012
Chicago violin dealer's death marks the end of an era—Fushi's lifelong passion for violins helped music's brightest stars

Matt Haimovitz
Plus, Orchestra for a New Century makes its debut

Menuhin Int'l Violin Competition Scales the Great Wall
34 years after Menuhin's first China visit, his namesake competition puts Chinese classical music on the world stage—and U.S. competitors on the map

Music@Menlo: Live, Through Brahms, 1–7 (ArtistLed)
Live chamber recordings from David Finkel, Wu Han & Friends

New Book Spotlights Guadagnini

Nothing to Laugh About

NCCO debuts work based on Commedia dell'Arte

Performing the Score
Elizabeth Field, violin; Malcolm Bilson, Piano. (Cornell University)

Sandwich Shop Strad Thief Update 
Thief to be released early

Searching for a Better Sound? Try Upgrading Your Stick!
Why changing your bow may be the easiest—and most affordable—way to improve your sound

Slava in Statuary

Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun
Gidon Kremer, violin; Marta Sudraba and Nicolas Altstaedt, cellos; Kremerata Baltica; Chamber Choir Kamer, Maris Sirmais, cond. (ECM New Series)

Stolen Cello Recovered

Stradivari Society Loans Amati to Can


The Differences Between Modern Models Based on Strads & Guarneris
How contemporary violins copied from these two iconic makers are different and why it matters to you

The Future of the 'Paganini Quartet'

The Nashville-based Alias Chamber Ensemble

An organization with a business plan that calls for frequent partnerships with other nonprofits

The Soulfulness of Mozart's Duos for violin and viola, K. 423 and K. 424
Top players offer their insights into these works

Three Fiddlers on the Indie Scene
New CDs from Brittany Haas, Katy Glassman, and Mads Tolling

TSQ is Disbanding
Tokyo String Quartet calls it quits

Unlocking the Masters: Bernstein's Orchestral Music, An Owner's Manual
by David Hurwitz. Amadeus Press, $24.99.

Villa-Lobos Quartets Comes to Life on BluRay
Brazilian group conquers the composer's 17-string quartet cycle

What Can $15,000 Buy at the Violin Shop?
New or old, what you should look for—and what to expect

Young Artist Competition Winner Announced
Violinist Eleanor Dunbar is one of two winners

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