No. 113, October 2003
Sound advice from the experts on improving your tone production. By Sarah Freiberg.
America's Foremost female conductor breaks a major gender barrier in the United Kingdom. But for Marin Alsop, music remains the message. By James Reel.
10 things (or so) every string player should know before an audition. By Lois Sabo-Skelton.
Focus on Instrument and Bow Making
Made In China
The Asian nation has become a major player in the US stringed-instrument market. But consumers must navigate a confusing labyrinth of labels to find the origin of their fiddles. By Kevin McKeough.
Fetching the Stick
The delicate art of commissioning a bow--and one or two tips on how to do it. By David Templeton.
The Luthier and the Prince
Takashi Ishii bridges the worlds between Japan and Italy. By Patricia Kaden.
NEWS & NOTES
Bass Is the Place . The Intl. Society of Bassists launches the Online Journal of Bass Research.
Brooklyn Heights . The Brooklyn Philharmonic marks its 50th season with ambitious programming, including the Music Off the Walls series (chamber music exploring the ideas found in museum exhibitions).
Going Swimmingly .The La Jolla Music Society celebrates its 35th anniversary with a series of concerts, including Gil Shaham, the Miro Quartet, and more.
Nine Lives. Ron Carter's CD Eight Plus marks the instrumentalist's new title of most recorded jazz. By Greg Cahill.
The Asian Aspen. Hyo Kang (artistic director of the Intl. Sejon Soloists) is slated to launch an annual music festival in Pyeongchang, South Korea in June 2004.
We Did It Our Way. Musical innovator Suzanne Vega hosts the American Mavericks radio series. By James Keough.
Awards . Anna Katherine Barnett-Hart, age 17, wins the 2003 Violin Music for Youth Scholarship from the Music for Youth Foundation. Frank Huang wins the Walter W. Naumburg 2003 Violin Competition. Ayano Ninomiya placed second; Sharon Roffman placed third.
Land of Milken Honey. The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is set to launch a 13-years-in-the-making project in September of 2003: a CD collection including 600 recorded works spanning from Colonial times. Available on the Naxos American Classics label. By Greg Cahill.
Anniversary at BSO. Kent Nagano celebrates his 25th anniversary with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra during the season beginning March 16, 2004. The season will include Joan Jeanrenaud, Judiyaba, and the farewell performance of Laszlo Varga.
As Good as Gould. Venture capitalist and amateur violinist Kathryn Gould has invested $375,000 of her own money to commission nine new orchestral works in a project called Magnum Opus. By Greg Cahill.
Spotlight on NY Phil. A new photo exhibit at the UBS Gallery in NYC celebrates the 150th anniversary of the NY Phil, the oldest symphony in the US--and one of the oldest in the world.
Passings . Blues fiddler William Howard Taft Armstrong died on July 31 in Boston at the age of 94.
Musicland. Undulating architecture and state-of-the-art acoustics at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall. The new Disney Hall in LA is set to open October 23. By Kristin Friedrich.
Index On The Mend. A reader responds to advice she received in the summer of 2002 regarding a severed tendon.
Pump You Up. Answering the question: Is it safe for violinists to lift weights and do push-ups?
The Long and Short of It . What length is a full-size violin bow supposed to be? Answer: 73cm is the standard length for a modern full-sized bows.
To Our Readers. Dean Smekens, a high school students asks: Why is a frog called a "frog"?
Stressed for Success. Make stage fright and audition anxiety work for—not against—you. How to prepare and practice effectively in preparation for a performance. Including tips to help quell anxiety and perform better. By David Templeton.
The Growing Violinist. Young string students grow and change, and their instruments need to keep pace How to keep younger students in appropriately sized instruments, and what setups are best. By Tom Heimber.
Cookin' with Cajun Spice. Play "between the notes" to get that authentic Louisiana flavor. A brief history of Cajun fiddling, with tips on how to get started playing it yourself. With music to play. By Suzy Rothfield Thompson.
Cool Katz . Hangin' with Fred Katz Jazz cellist Fred Katz shares stories of his life, experiences as a performer/composer, and some music to play. By Kenneth Sorter Carpenter.
Border Crossing. Mexican folk fiddler Juan Reynoso carries the torch for Calentano music. An introduction to the Mexican fiddler, including music to play. By Paul Anastasio.
Tradition Bound. London International String Quartet week puts top chamber musicians through their paces. A first-hand look at the 2003 London Intl. String Quartet Week. A workshop devoted to the best in contemporary quartet playing. By Inge Kjemtrup.
French Twist After a decade, Jordi Savall makes his return to French viol music Le Parnasse de la Viole (Piéces de Viole by Sainte Colombe the Younger and Marin Marias). Jordi Savall, Pierre Hantai, Rolf Lislevand, Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Philippe Pierlot (Alia Vox) .By Heather K. Scott.
Franck: Violin Sonata; Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata. Face á Face: Duos for Violin and Cello. Franck: Renaud Capuçon, violin; Alexandre Gurning, piano; Guatier Capuçon, cello; Lilya Zilberstein, piano (EMI). Face á Face: Renaud Capuçcon, cello (Virgin). By Edith Eisler.
Brahms: Sonata for Two Pianos, Op. 34b; Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 . Martha Agerich, Lilya Zilberstein, piano, Renaud Capuçon, violin, Gautier Capuçon, cello (EMI). By Edith Eisler.
Francoeur: Cello Sonata in E; Bach: Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello; Beethoven: Variations on a Theme by Mozart… . Mendelssohn: Variations Concerantes Chopin: Introduction and Plonaise; Vieuxtemps: Souvenir d'Amérique. Zuill Bailey, cello; Sione Dinnerstein, piano (Delos). By James Reel.
Above the Starrs: Verse Anthems & Consort Music. Thomas Tomkins. Fretwork: Richard Boothby, Richard Campbell, Wendy Gillespie, Julia Hodgson, William Hunt, Susanna Pell, viols; Emma Kirkby, soprano; Catherine King, alto; Charles Daniels, tenor; Donald Geig, baritone; Richard Wistreich… By Heather K. Scott.
Briefly Noted. Walk On, Ray Brown (Telarc); The Unfortunate Rake, Vol. 2, The Crooked Jades (Copper Creek); Thirteen Ways, Eighth Blackbird (Cedille); Shostakovich String Quartets, No. 10, 12, and 14, St. Petersburg Quartet (Hyperion). By Greg Cahill.
Bach: The Art of Fugue . Emerson String Quartet: Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; David Finckel, cello (Deutsche Grammophon). By James Reel.
Dvorák: Violin Concerto Op. 53, Piano Quintet Op. 81. Sarah Chang, violin; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Alexander Kerr, violin' Wolfram Christ, viola; Georg Faust, cello; Colin Davis conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (EMI). By Edith Eisler.
Italian Violin Sonatas (music of Veracini, Locatelli, Mascitti, Germiniani, and Tartini). Fabio Biondi, violin; Europa Galante: Maurizio Naddeo, cello; Giangiacomo Pinardi, theorbo; Sergio Ciomei, keyboards (Virgin Veritas). By James Reel.
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Marya Martin, Artistic Director . William Grant Still: Folk Suite NO. 1; Joseph Suk: Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale "Saint Wenceslas"; Gareth Farr: Kembang Suiling; Dvorák: Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major (available from the Bridgehampton Festival). By Edith Eisler.
Ride . Andy Leftwich, fiddle, mandolin, guitar; various artists (Skaggs Family Records). By Greg Cahill.
Screen Romance How a violinist's love affiar with the movies saved Vivaldi's sagging career. A fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me, by Louis Kaufman with Annette Kaufman (Univ. of Wisconsin Press). By James Keough.
Briefly Noted. International Music Co. new releases: Faure's Serenade, Op. 98, Beethoven's Sonata No. 5 in D major; Bärenreiter offrers Antoni Cofalk's In The Zoo. Editions Peters releases The Hayden Six String Quartets, Op. 20. Greenblatt & Seay adds The Lumbye…
Oxford Fiddle Time Series by Kathy and David Blackwell: Fiddle Time Starters, Fiddle Time Runners, Fiddle Time Scales, Fiddle Time Christmas. By Heather K. Scott.
Playing Violin and Fiddle Left Handed by Ryan Thompson (Captain Fiddle Publications). By Heather K. Scott.
Ittai Shapira at Carnegie Hall. Shulamit Ran's Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall is performed by soloist Ittai Shapira. By Edith Eisler.
The Sound of Music New Zealand String Quartet at Monadnock Music. Heaven on earth Helene Phol and Douglas Beilman, violins; Gillian Ansell, viola; and Rolf Gjelsten, cello kick off the 38th season of the Monadnock Music on July 6 in New Hampshire. By Sarah Freiberg.
Cellist Kermit Moore at Christ & St. Stephen's Church. in New York North/South Consonance, founded in 1980, celebrated its final concert of the season with performances by North/South Chamber Orchestra of contemporary music. By Edith Eisler.
The Power of One. Are heavy-duty solo setups becoming the norm? Not everyone agrees. More and more players are having their instrument set ups altered to fit their physical stature and playing style (for solo play). By Patrick Sullivan.
Ciao Cremona. An American luthier adopts the capital of Italian violin making as his second home. Francis Kuttner discusses why he moved to Cremona and his experiences as a violin maker. By Patricia Kaden.
Summer Sales Sizzle. Three auction houses celebrate stunning seasonal results. Christie's, Bonham's, and Sotheby's take in healthy sales during their July sales run. By Heather K. Scott.
String Security. A new tracking and recovery system for all instruments, the Instrument Security Identification System (ISIS), Yamaha's SVC-50SK Silent Compact Cello, the Comford Violin and Viola Shoulder Cradle, and Wittner's new lightweight tailpiece. By Heather K. Scott.
Mama's Fiddle. Exorcising the spirit of Fritz Kreisler's herculean Praeludium and Allegro. The author remembers Jeanne Mitchell, her mother. By Amy Biancolli.