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Domestic Violins

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Produced at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio Beyond Radio conference, featuring performances by Amie McKenna, Michele Durman, Michael Whalley, and Martin Dingle Wall. Produced by Ed Herbstman and Jonathan Mitchell.

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How to Make a Modern Violin Sound Like a Strad: Just add Fungus

Saturday, September 08, 2012

More than a deadly menace to trees, two species of fungi may also help unlock the secrets of the great 18th-century Italian violins.

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Soundcheck

Ray Chen: In Studio

Monday, February 06, 2012

At three years old, Ray Chen was given a toy guitar by his parents - which he stuck under his chin and tried to play with a chopstick. The eventual violinist has come a long way since then, winning the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. His first orchestral album comes out this week - he joins us to for a preview, and to play some of his solo favorites.

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Watch: A Stradivarius Made from a 3D Printer

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A company in Germany has created a violin using a laser printer that's designed to be ergonomically and acoustically comparable to a traditional. Watch it in action.

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Bow Backlash: Violin Shop Owner Sues Mysterious Critic

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicago violin shop owner Chunyee Lu is suing an anonymous commenter who posted negative reviews of his shop on consumer sites like Yelp.com, Citysearch.com, and Kudzu.com.

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Lorin Maazel's Violin Sold for a Record $1 Million

Friday, November 11, 2011

Owned by conductor Lorin Maazel for 66 years, the violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been featured in a number of his recordings and in concerts.

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Gig Alert: Marques Toliver

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Violinist Marques Toliver went from L Train busker to Adele's "favorite new artist." On Wednesday night, he takes the stage at LPR. Download his "Deep in My Heart" here.

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New Sounds

New Music for Violin(s) and Electronics

Monday, July 04, 2011

Cornelius Dufallo, composer and violinist in the group Ethel, draws inspiration from the New York nightscape on his solo effort, "Dream Streets."  On this New Sounds program, we’ll hear how Dufallo's acoustic and electronic elements are used to weave stasis music.

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Five New Violin Recordings to Get Excited About This Spring

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are five standout recordings, plus a free download of violinist Tianwa Yang.

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WQXR Features

Touchy Questions for a Museum's Rare Instrument Collection

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 5,085 musical instruments in its collection. The fact that they are rarely played illustrates an ongoing debate about the purpose of musical instruments in museums and the value of performance.

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Daniel Hope's Top Five Violin Works

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Friday, February 25, 2011

The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

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Christian Tetzlaff on Violins, Religion and Freddie Mercury

Thursday, October 28, 2010

German violinist Christian Tetzlaff chats with Jeff Spurgeon about his new Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, about his modern violin and his surprising tastes in pop music.

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Nine Questions for Anne Akiko Meyers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has purchased a 1697 Stradivarius for $3.6 million, the highest price on record for any musical instrument sold at auction. She explains why it was love at first sound.

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Glenn Dicterow on the Role of the Concertmaster

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Glenn Dicterow has been a concertmaster or associate concertmaster in major symphony orchestras for nearly forty years, thirty of which have been at the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Jeff Spurgeon about the job.

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Symphony Hall

Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1

Monday, September 20, 2010

As part of our ongoing September series, ViolinFest, Symphony Hall focuses on the legacy of Niccolò Paganini. Tonight, a trip through his Violin Concerto No. 1, a work that shows off the violinist-composer's full mastery of the instrument.

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Vintage Violins

Milstein, Szeryng, Thibaud, and Haendel

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nathan Milstein, Henryk Szeryng, Jacques Thibaud, and Ida Haendel perform works by Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Cesar Franck, and Antonio Vivaldi.

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Symphony Hall

Yehudi Menuhin as Conductor

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

As part of ViolinFest, Symphony Hall is focusing this week on violinists-turned-conductors. Tonight: Yehudi Menuhin at the podium and as a soloist.

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WQXR Blog

Wanna Play?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

As our month-long ViolinFest proceeds on WQXR, I’ve been reading about the violin, and talking with some violinists and other violin experts. Curiously for me, though, learning about the violin has not made me interested in the slightest in learning to play the thing.  I say “curiously” because usually when I study something, I feel an urge, however small, to experience it. But for some reason, the violin hasn’t grabbed me in the least. It looks not only difficult to learn, but uncomfortable, too.  I love listening to it, and deeply admire the people who study it, play it expertly, and understand it.  But it’s not for me. 

If I were to study a string instrument, it would be the cello.  There’s something about its tone quality, its warmth, and the intimacy of holding it in an embrace – as opposed to tucking the violin under the chin, as if it were napkin – that draws me to it.  There’s nothing rational about any of this, of course. Speaking of irrational, I also have long had a desire to play the accordion. I love the sweet rusticity of the French bal-musette sound.  But the accordion instead of the violin – what’s wrong with me? Please don’t answer that, but do answer this: What musical instrument have you always wanted to play, and why?  If you’ve fulfilled your ambition, what was it like to meet the object of your musical desire?

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Albums of the Week

Anne Akiko Meyers: Seasons...dreams

Friday, September 10, 2010

This week's Full Rotation highlights "Seasons…dreams," violinist Anne Akiko Meyers's new collection of seasonal and dream-related pieces by Debussy, Faure, Wagner, Gershwin and others. To whet your appetite, WQXR offers a free download.

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