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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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 …Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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Dateline: Montréal, Maison Symphonique, June 1, 2016
A full complement of Canadian and international media was on hand for to hear six…Continue
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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…Continue
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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. …Continue
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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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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 …Continue
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InterHarmony® International Music Festival presents the final concert in the InterHarmony Palm Beach Series.
InterHarmony Palm Beach Series:
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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…Continue
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