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blog » This month in the Strad...Germany
This month’s edition of the Strad, a magazine for string players, has a particular focus on Germany and its contributors to the international music world. The articles include interviews with today’s big names such as the violinist and esteemed teacher Antje Weithaas and reflections on quartets by the composer Wolfgang Rihm as his 60th birthday is celebrated. The magazine also looks back on the career of a former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster, Thomas Brandis, and pays tribute to one of the most successful chamber groups to come from Germany: the Busch Quartet.
The current news and reviews are focused on a very vibrant and new, emerging classical tradition in the UK and the USA. The Strad’s top stories include the creation of a new national youth orchestra in the States, modelled on the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, based in New York and conducted in its inaugural year by Valery Gergiev; a recent donation to Juilliard’s historical performance programme, a paradoxically new institution, by the chairman of their board Bruce Kovner who was a former hedge fund manager, of $20m that will allow the programme to expand and run ‘in perpetuity’; and the collaboration of the folk super- group Bellowhead with 100 young string players in South England to put on exciting cross-over concerts this month. The magazine also favourably reviews sold-out performances by the violin performance artist’ Hahn-Bin, an eyeliner-wearing Juillard-trained performer in New York, as well as the premiere of Luke Bedford's Nine Little Boxes, All Carefully Packed by the Heath Quartet here in London, six pieces inspired by Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. In CD reviews ‘the Strad recommends’ endorsement is given to the first release of a collection of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber works, directed and performed by violinist Thomas Kemp and the Chamber Domaine ensemble.
Mark-Anthony Turnage: A Constant Obsession is available to download from www.resonusclassics.com for just £7.99