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Comment, opinions and reports from The Strad team and leading figures in the string world

Blogs Thursday, 01 April 2010

Where's Gene Kelly when you need him?

Ariane Todes is left unmoved by classical ballet

I just don’t get classical ballet. I have tried, really. Last night I went to see the Royal Ballet performing a triple bill choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. The first piece was set to Shostakovich&rsquo...

Blogs Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Strad goes to Frankfurt

Meetings galore and lots of coffee at Musikmesse

The Strad team is in Frankfurt for the Musikmesse at the moment. Lots of people to meet and interesting things to see. It's a bit smaller in the string hall than in previous years, but there's a positive...

Blogs Friday, 12 March 2010

It’s always worth haggling

Ariane Todes has just negotiated a discount on her insurance policy

I love my violin deeply, and the thought of any harm coming to it fills me with dread. But I’ve been paying my insurance dutifully for years now without ever making a claim, and there have been...

Blogs Monday, 08 March 2010

Ariane Todes turned into a grumpy old woman last night at the Wigmore Hall

What do you do during a concert when the person in front of you starts mailing on their Blackberry?

I had this dilemma last night at the Wigmore Hall watching Nikolaj Znaider. When the music got quiet, in the slow movements of the Poulenc Sonata and Beethoven Sonata no.3 for example, she would sneak...

Blogs Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Opinion: Get rid of histrionics in quartet playing

Over-the-top emoting by individual players ruins the whole point of chamber music, says David Kettle

I recently went to six concerts at London’s Southbank Centre where ten different string quartets – some well established, others just starting out – gave performances of Peter Maxwell...

Blogs Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Opinion: today's performers should remember that you don't need to be aggressive to make a searing point, argues Richard S. Ginell

Not too long ago, I walked away from a performance by one of our leading female violinists in Los Angeles’s futuristic Walt Disney Concert Hall feeling as if I had just been mugged.

She...

Blogs Wednesday, 05 August 2009

Editor's blog: will alternative violin styles ever catch on in Europe?

Editor's blog: will alternative violin styles ever catch on in Europe?

I’m just back from an exhilarating week in New York at Mark O’Connor’s Fiddle Camp.

There was a...

Blogs Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Editor's blog: Ariane Todes visits the Kronberg Violin Masterclasses

This spring I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Kronberg. The leafy town, half an hour from Frankfurt, is already known for its advanced training courses, with some of the best international string...

Blogs Friday, 26 June 2009

Opinion: painting pretty pictures on instruments simply degrades them, argues Ariane Todes

Clay, stone metal, paper, canvas, glass, timber: just some of the media available on which to imprint your imagination if you’re a visual artist. So why does anybody insist on painting flowers...

Blogs Thursday, 14 May 2009

Editor's blog: Fritz Kreisler's telling me not to practise

I'm knee deep in The Strad archive at the moment, looking for articles to include in a forthcoming supplement about violin heroes, and I just came across a wonderful interview with Fritz Kreisler from...

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