No. 106, November/December 2002
Form and Freedom
Bassist Dave Holland Delivers a Big-Band Sound for the Ages. By Dan Ouellette.
Ticket to Paradise
40th annual Viola da Gamba Society Conclave celebrates the past and present. By Sarah Freiberg.
Passport to Europe
Europe is the source of music in the Western tradition…
The Search for Perfection
Nikolaj Znaider had to unlearn the violin to reach for his ideal. By Christopher Whiting.
New Cremona trademark seeks to establish authenticity of instruments. By Kevin McKeough.
Fourth generation Czech violin maker Jan Spidlen is on a quest. By Heather K. Scott.
Made in Germany
Take a tour through one of Germany's largest--and most progressive--instrument-building firms. By Heather K. Scott.
NEWS & NOTES
Fiorini Tribute. Raffaele Fiorini feted at Bologna exhibition.
Hahn Joins the LACO. Hilary Hahn joins Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for recordings and concerts.
Piece Maker. Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma collaborate on Naqoyaqatsi soundtrack. By James Reel.
New York State of Mind. Jennifer Koh showcases living New York composers. By Greg Cahill.
Britney Rules the Airwaves. British poll on how stupid kids are about classical music. By Greg Cahill.
E Street Shuffle. Violinist Soozie Tyrell joins the Bruce Springsteen band. By David Templeton.
Bow Tension. Different bow tensions for different styles? By Elisa M. Welch.
Have a Blast? Does sound help "cure" a violin? By Rick Turner.
Klingenberg Collection. Where is it? By Jeffrey Solow.
More on Four Fingers. Another answer about cello technique addressed in April 2002. By Jeffrey Solow.
Be Prepared Stress-busting holiday planning for the busy music maker. Tips on how to deal with the harried schedules and performances during the Holiday season. By Tom Heimberg.
How Fast is Slow? For beginners to the most advanced players, the right practice tempo is key. Finding the right practice tempo. By Tom Heimberg.
Tearing Down Walls. Bassist Edgar Meyer plays and composes without barriers. Interview with Meyer and discussions on his composition, style, and playing techniques. By Robert L. Doerschuk.
The Secret of Swing. A new song in the style of a 1930s hot jazz standard by Hot Club of Cowtown. An eclectic group tackles an east meets west style of jazz and swing, headed by Elana Fremerman. By Elana Fremerman.
Kazakhstan's City of Music. A brief but exotic journey in Central Asia. By Howard Smith.
String Wizard. Jazz violinist Joe Venuti gets the royal treatment in new eight-CD box set. By Greg Cahill.
Bela Bartok: 44 Duos for Two Violins; Gyorgy Legeti: Ballad and Dance; Gyorgy Kurtag: Ligatura. Review of Bartok release. By Edith Eisler.
Lake Effect. Liz Carroll, fiddle; John Doyle, guitar and bouzouki; Liz Knowles, fiddle and viola; Michael Aharon, cello and piano; Turtle Island String Quartet: Evan Price, violin; David Balkrishnan, baritone violin; Danny Seidenberg, viola; Mark Summer, review of Caroll's new CD, Lake Effect. By Elisa M. Welch.
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major; Romances in F and G major. Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Kurt Masur conducting the New York Philharmonic. Review of Mutter's latest recording with Masur conducting the NY Phil. By Edith Eisler.
Portrait of the Viola. Helen Callus, viola; Robert McDonald, Piano. Callus's latest recording, reviewed. By Elisa M. Welch.
Round Midnight. The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle; Till Bronner, flugelhorn; Janne Saksala, bass. Review of CD showcasing the cellists of the Berlin Phil performing an eclectic mix of music. By Greg Cahill.
Vivaldi: Six Late Concertos. Giuliano Carmignola, violin; Andrea Marcon conducting the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Bach: Arias. Anglika Kirchschlager, mezzo soprano; Andrea Marcon conducting the Venice Baroque Orchestra Dual review of two CDs conducted by Andrea Marcon. By James Reel.
Aaron Copland: Complete Works for Violin and Piano. Paul Posnak, piano; Peter Zazofsky, violin. Ross Harbauch, cello. Review of the 1943 sonata. By Robert Moon.
Charles Martin Loeffler: Music for Four Stringed Instruments, String Quartet, Quintet in One.
Movement. Da Vinci Quartet: Jerilyn Jorgensen and Joo-Mee Lee, violins; Margaret Miller, viola; and Katherine Knight, cello. Review of Loeffler's latest release. By Robert Moon.
Mendelssohn: String Quintets. Mendelssohn String Quartet: Miriam Fried and Nicholas Mann, violins, Ylrich Eichenauer, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello; with violist Robert Mann. The Mendelssohn Quartet plays quintets by Mendelssohn on their latest release. By James Reel.
The Rodeo Eroded. Tin Hat Trio: Carla Kihlstedt, violin and viola; Mark Orton, guitar, dobro, and banjo; Robe Burger, according and piano. "Astor Piazzola meets Igor Stravinsky at a Berlin cabaret." Review of Tin Hat's latest. By Elisa M. Welch.
Bull's Eye . A man, a plan, a violin, and a vision--the big, bold utopia of Ole Bull Oleana, Ole Bull's unusual colony presents an interesting read for this reviewer. By David Templeton.
Forget Me Not: A Collection of 50 Memorable Irish Traditional Tunes. By Seamus Connolly and Laurel Martin. Irish Fiddle Playing by Phillip Berthoud. Dual review of two fiddlestyle instruction books and tune collections. By Elisa M. Welch.
The Rough Guide to Cello by Hugo Pinsterboer. A pocket-sized book captures the basics of the cello, including instrument parts, history, players. By Heather K. Scott.
Tips & Tricks. Five things every Player should know about instrument care. Five how-to type types for practical and common instrument care problems. By Heather K. Scott.
Best of Both Worlds. Zeta Music Systems bridges analog and digital domains. The California-based Zeta Music builds electric fiddles; profile of the company/shop. By Jim Batcho.
Stocking Stuffers. Sundry small gifts for selective string players. A collection of holiday gifts geared to string players and enthusiasts.
Change of Venue. Cellist Matt Haimovitz gets Bach were he belongs. Haimovitz takes on the challenge of touring the US, playing Bach Cello Suites in bars. By David Templeton.