VOL.134 ISSUE NO
24 COVER STORY Nicola Benedetti
46 Jacques Thibaud
4 THE STRAD AUGUST 2023
EDITOR’S LETTER 7 CONTRIBUTORS 8 SOUNDPOST 10
NICOLA BENEDETTI On the eve of her first season as director of the Edinburgh International Festival, the 36-year-old Scottish violinist talks to Rebecca Franks about her journey so far
MARINO CAPICCHIONI Lorenzo Frignani examines the life and instruments of one of the 20th century’s most idiosyncratic Italian makers, whose work still inspires the luthiers of today
CHANGE WITHIN STRING QUARTETS How can a group of just four musicians retain its individual sound when one member leaves? Peter Quantrill asks players from several quartets to find out
SESSION REPORT The Escher Quartet’s cellist talks to David Kettle about the group’s new album of Czech music, combining Janáček’s quartets with the second by Pavel Haas
JACQUES THIBAUD Tully Potter marks the 70th anniversary of the influential French violinist’s death with a retrospective look at his life and legacy to the string world
STRADIVARI’S GROUND What did the master luthier use as the preparation layer prior to varnishing? Giacomo Fiocco presents the results of an investigation into the age-old question www.thestrad.com
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