No. 142, October 2006

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Something To Sing About
Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell has a song in his heart, and he's letting the whole world know about it By Laurence Vittes

A Question of Balance
Matt Glaser interviews jazz violinist and session player extraordinaire Mark Feldnam about his new solo album By Matt Glaser

In the Shadow of Genius
John Milnew reveals the tale of master violin makers caught up in a world of fakes and forgeries By John Milnes

Going Once, Going Twice….
An auction primer for musicians looking for bargains By Erin Shrader

The Harrowing Life of Violin Boy
"Who ya gonna call" when you're a performing artist and things go awry with your stringed instrument or bow? By James N. McKean

News & Notes
Benchmarks. Itamar Ringel, and Leah Swann named 2006-07 Albert Schweitzer Fellows; The Section string quartet gets signed; Brooklyn Phil receives $100,000 grant; Daniel Barenboim departs from his post at the Chicago Symphony; $215,000 grant awarded to composers

Know the Score. The launch of Keeping Score, a five-year multimedia program meant to make classical music more accessible By Tiffany Martini

Presenting the Fenyves Stradivari. Skinner's October auction features the Fenyves Stradivari violin, property of Lorand Fenyves By Erin Shrader

Hidden Treasure. A vault at the end of a corridor at Juilliard houses a collection of rare stringed instruments. A new book, A living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at The Juilliard School, spotlights the top 25 instruments in the collection By Erin Shrader

New Deal. British label Altara makes its US debut this summer. Altara's first new releases include string quintets of Mozart and Brahms performed by the Zukerman Chamber Players By Laurence Vittes

Quote of the Month. British composer and cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber, relates his best and worst recollections about what makes a good music teacher

News Spotlight
The Memento. The tale of a violin 60 years in the making By Sarah Freiberg

The Sound of Silence. Tougher US visa policies taking a toll on overseas musicians By Inge Kjemtrup

Practical Musician
The Power of Six The members of the Concertante sextet aren't afraid to think big By Rachel Shapiro

Strings 101
Up a Wall. Jonathan Swartz on arm weight and developing a support system By James Reel

Play It!
Feeling 'Grateful'. A John Patitucci duet for acoustic and electric bass By Jeremy McCoy

Digging Deep. Getting personal with the violin and piano piece 'First Scenes from Red Room' By Daniel Felsenfeld

Master Class
One-Hit Wonder. Bruch's First Violin Concerto offers rich rewards for advanced students By James Reel

Letter From
New Beginnings. One year after Hurricane Katrina disrupted their lives, former LPO string players are still picking up the pieces

On Record
Walton: Viola Concerto; Vaughan Williams: Suite for Viola and Orchestra; Howells: Elegy; Bowen: Viola Concerto in C Minor. Helen Callus, viola: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Marc Taddei, conductor By James Reel

Green Day. Ferdinand Ries: Complete Works for Cello and Piano, Vol. 1. Brahms: Twenty-One Hungarian Dances; Schmidt: Three Fantasy Pieces. Arensky: Complete Works for Cello and Piano; Rachmaninov: Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 19. Nancy Green, cello By James Reel

Látigo. Quartet San Francisco By James Reel

Nicola benedetti Plays Szymanowski, Chausson, Saint-Saëns. Nicola Benedetti, violin; London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel harding, Conductor By Greg Cahill

Shostakovich & Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1. Sarah Chang, violin; Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor By Edith Eisler

Soaring Solo. Melia Watras' Viola Solo album and Violinist Oliver Schroer's Camino album By Greg Cahill

Adolf Busch Plays Bach and Beethoven in Wartime New york. Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor; Beethoven Violin Concerto with Fritz Busch conducting the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Two Romances with Alfred Wallenstein conducting the WOR Radio Orchestra By Laurence Vittes

Ben Johnston String Quartets Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 9. Kepler Quartet: Sharan Leventhal and Eric Segnitz, violins; Brek Renzelman, viola; and Karl Lavine, cello By Greg Cahill

Karen Dreyfus Performs American Journeys. And McKinley: Viola Concerto No. 2. Karen Dreyfus, viola; various conductors and orchestras By James Reel

No Apologies. Jim Van Cleve, fiddle, octave violin, lead and harmony vocals By Greg Cahill

The Living End. RCA has reissued some of the best Living Stereo recordings in the new, high-resolution SACD format By James Reel

In Print
Music from Wicked. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, arranged by Ted Rickets By Heather K. Scott

Simple Song (from Mass). by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by Robert Lonfield for String Orchestra By Heather K. Scott

Life Lessons. Pedagogue Dorothy DeLay taught how to live as well as how to play By Tyrone Grieve

Edvard Grieg, Sonata in A minor, Op. 36, and other works for Piano and Violincello. edited by einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano and fingerings), Ernst-Günter Heinemann (fingerings), david Geringas (cello) By Robert Battey

Mastering the Art of Performance. by Stewart Gordon By Skye Carman

Pulsar. Caprice. by Augusta Reed Thomas By Graham Pellettieri

The Red Book: Auction Price Guide of Authentic Stringed Instruments and Bows. by Donald M. Cohen By Erin Shrader

Duport: 21 Etudes for Violincello. edited by Martin Rummel By Robert Battey

No Vivaldi in the Garage: A Requiem for Classical Music in North America. by Sheldon Morgenstern By Robert Battey

Auction Highlights
What's in a Name?. Great deals sometimes come in relatively obscure packages By Erin Shrader

New Products
Peterson Stroboflip Tuner and Glasser Fractional-Sized Braided Carbon-Fiber Bows. A tuner small enough to clip on to a mic stand, and extremely accurate in measuring pitch and intervals. Also, braided carbon-fiber bows by Glasser come in different sizes By Erin Shrader

Encore
Blasts from the Past. Alexander String Quartet taps into its jazzy side By Scott MacClelland

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