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Pavel Šporcl Scores With Complete Bach CDs

In late spring and early summer last year, in an upscale neighborhood in Prague, Czech virtuoso Pavel Šporcl laid down Bach's six solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas for the iconic Czech label Supraphon.

Šporcl told me proudly this was the first complete recording of the cycle by a Czech violinist since Josef Suk, Dvorak's great-grandson, recorded it 45 years ago; reflecting Šporcl's popularity, the 2-CD set reportedly sold 6,000 copies at the fall launch in…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on July 20, 2016 at 7:33am — No Comments

Pavel Šporcl's Blue Violin

In late spring and early summer last year, over the course of nine days and three sessions in an upscale neighborhood in Prague, Czech virtuoso Pavel Šporcl recorded Bach's six solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas for the iconic Czech label Supraphon. Šporcl told me proudly this was the first complete recording of the cycle by a Czech violinist since Josef Suk, Dvorak's great-grandson, recorded it 45 years ago, also for Supraphon; reflecting Šporcl's popularity, the 2-CD set reportedly sold…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on July 19, 2016 at 10:02pm — No Comments

This Community Is Moving

Dear Member,

After many years of operating this website, we’ll be ceasing its operations on July 31, 2016.   We’ll continue the conversations and sharing news of the string world at StringsMagazine.com and through our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter, and…

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Added by Strings on June 28, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Canada's Musical Instrument Bank - Investing in Careers, Lives and Art

Dateline: Montréal, June 16, 2016

At the heart of the 21st annual Montréal Chamber Music Festival has been the future represented by the 19 recent winners of the Canada Council…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 19, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

283-Year Old Cello and 43-Year Old Amit Peled Dominate Thursday Night at Montréal's Chamber Music Festival

Dateline: Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montréal, June 17, 2016

The pièce de résistance Thursday night at McGill University's Pollack Hall, in the Classical Elegance series of this year's Montréal Chamber Music Festival, came thanks to cellist Amit Peled playing on Pau Casals' legendary,…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 19, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Montréal's Famed Chamber Music Festival Presents the Canadian Premieres of Two Mozart Piano Concertos

Dateline: Pollack Hall, McGill University, Montréal, June 14, 2016

If Mozart had visited present-day Montreal, he would have fallen in love with the city's zest for life and music, as if the city’s motto were “Nothing happens in Montréal without music." He might have written a Montreal Symphony, like he did for Prague, Linz and Paris. If Mozart had visited the 21st edition of Denis Brott's …

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Gregor Piatigorsky Festival Wraps in a Flurry of Beethoven – But Where Were the Women and the Great Cellist's Former Students?

Dateline: Los Angeles, Calif., June 10, 2016

The second Piatigorsky International Cello Festival at USC's Thornton School of Music ended Sunday night, May 22, in an antic flurry of Beethoven, which Piatigorsky would have loved.

Eight internationally-renowned cellists and five pianists played all of Beethoven's original music for cello and piano. Consisting of five increasingly serious sonatas and three sets of relentlessly charming and…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 10, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ayana Tsuji Sweeps Montréal's International Violin Competition Awards

Attended by fleets of courtiers, wizards, philosophers, physicians, trainers and court advisors, more than 200 young violinists applied to the 2016 running of the Montréal International Violin Competition (CMIM).

Of the 24 who were accepted, based strictly on the undoctored recordings of live performances,…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 7, 2016 at 9:27am — No Comments

Montréal's Violin Competition Scores Again With Six Concerto Performances

Left to right: Petteri Iivonen, Ji Won Song, Ayana Tsuji, Bomsori Kim, Fedor Rudin & Minami Yoshida. Photo credit: Tam Lan Truong

Dateline: Montréal, Maison Symphonique, June 1, 2016

A full complement of Canadian and international media was on hand for to hear six…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on June 1, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Walter Levin Days for Young String Quartets in Basel - Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

When I was in Gstaad last July, and again in Kaposvár a month later, I came to know Anna Wirz-Justice who loves chamber music, and particularly string quartets, and hosts touring young quartets in her Basel home, which has its own music room, whenever she can.

Application deadline: June 30, 2016

In addition to being patron saints of the string quartet, Anna and her husband have been close friends of Walter Levin, first violin of the Lasalle…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on May 27, 2016 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Four Cellists, All Men, Go For Baroque at Piatigorsky Fest in Tommy Trojan's Home

On Saturday night, May 21, four cellists, all men, played 90 minutes' worth of five Baroque concertos - without intermission, non-stop. In order to stave off fatigue, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which backed the affair, rotated its members in and out from concerto to concerto. …

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Added by Laurence Vittes on May 25, 2016 at 4:29am — No Comments

Cellists, Cellists Everywhere at the Piatigorsky Festival at USC

dateline: May 18, 2016, Los Angeles, Calif., University of Southern California

With Jacaranda flowers lighting up the city, the flowers sowed by Gregor Piatigorsky through his music and artistic beliefs are adorning the halls of USC's Thornton School of Music this week in the form of cellists and cello cases slung across their back like they were cello warriors , carried like luggage or ridden like bicycles.

The last is a conceit that Piatigorsky would have relished.…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on May 20, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ten Picks from the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Los Angeles, May 13-21

If you want to understand what the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky was like as a man and a cellist, and most profoundly, as a musician, you’ll have to read Terry King’s…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on May 12, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You've Got The Violin - Now What?

Hey, Becca here! I am the Owner of and Instructor at Violin by Becca. It seems like there is an unwritten list of things that you need to get when you start violin lessons. Well I wanted to give some free advice on my must haves when…

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Added by Becca Fish on April 16, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Bernard Labadie's Advice to Young Professionals: Know Your Bach and Handel

The time of the hippies smoking pot and playing baroque violin and viola da gamba vs the penguin-suited symphony orchestra musicians vibrating every sixteenth-note in a Mozart symphony is long gone. - Bernard Labadie, founder and conductor of Les Violons du Roy

This Wednesday night, April 13, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and Québec-based …

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Added by Laurence Vittes on April 10, 2016 at 7:49am — No Comments

Quintessential Trios Takes Center Stage with Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, and Shostakovich at Palm Beaches Theatre on March 13 at 5PM

InterHarmony® International Music Festival presents the final concert in the InterHarmony Palm Beach Series.

 

 

InterHarmony Palm Beach Series:

Quintessential…

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Added by llewcellist on February 27, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Violinist Augustin Hadelich Wins First Grammy Award

Violinist Augustin Hadelichtook home his first award at the…

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Added by Stephanie Powell on February 23, 2016 at 9:32am — No Comments

This is a something I posted in response to an article by David Teague "I Tune my Bass in Fifths"

http://www.allthingsstringscommunity.com/group/bassists/forum/topics/i-tune-my-bass-in-fifths-cgda





Okay David, since you asked I'll tell you my story. I've been tuning my bass in fifths for over thirty-five years. I actually came to it from a different direction than bassists who made the switch. I'm a cellist first who fell into playing the bass while studying at… Continue

Added by JordanJancz on February 17, 2016 at 7:27am — No Comments

Dear Laurence - Hope you are well - I'm playing Saturday afternoon in Carnegie Hall - Pavel Šporcl

Dateline: Los Angeles, Wednesday, February 10, 2016

When I was in Prague last year covering the Dvorak Festival, I heard Pavel Šporcl give a brilliant performance of the first Martinu Violin Concerto; it was with the Prague Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen on a Smetana…

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Added by Laurence Vittes on February 10, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Progress, Plans, and Aims.

I am still plugging away with my delightful screech plank tucked under my chin.



It has been a while since my last update, since October my time for practice has been scarce with work and such interfering. However I am now back in a position where I can play for hours most evenings and am relishing the opportunity.



Most recent to my collection of viola literature are the Beginner and Easy Progressive studies published by the ABRSM. I an still just using the beginner studies… Continue

Added by Neil Nelson on February 10, 2016 at 1:32am — No Comments

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