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Airlines Keep Up the Fight Against String Instruments

August 18, 2017, 8:04 PM · Apparently, buying a ticket to fly your cello on American Airlines isn't enough to ensure that you won't have your cello snatched away while everyone argues about whether you actually have the right to board with said cello.

We've heard about the big incidents regarding the abuse of cellists by airlines: instruments being destroyed; passengers being denied boarding with a cello, and also the famous incident about Lynn Harrell being denied Delta miles for the cello for which he's paid thousands of dollars in full-fare tickets on the airline.

But how about the untold stress of transporting a cello and narrowly escaping having it put in cargo, even when abiding by every rule in the most careful way possible? That's what happened Thursday to a college student that I've known since she was a small child. Her name is Maddie, and she is a 19-year-old sophomore at Purdue University. Keep reading...

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For the Record, Op. 25: Joshua Bell Collection; Baroque Cellist Juliana Soltis; Violist Nadia Sirota border=0 align=

For the Record, Op. 25: Joshua Bell Collection; Baroque Cellist Juliana Soltis; Violist Nadia Sirota

August 17, 2017, 2:09 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Joshua Bell - The Classical Collection
Joshua Bell, violin
Various artists

If you are a big fan of violinist Joshua Bell, here is a big collection with 20 years' worth of his recordings for Sony Classical. The 14-album set includes favorites by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Ravel, and Sibelius. It also has complete albums such as Bell's Bach (2014); Romance of the Violin (2003); and Voice of the Violin (2006). Other highlights include British composer Nicholas Maw’s Grammy Award-winning Violin Concerto, written for Bell in 1993; The Red Violin Concerto, based on themes from John Corigliano’s score to the film The Red Violin; and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite. Bell also is featured in his role as Music Director (since 2011) of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with performances of Beethoven’s Fourth and Seventh Symphonies. Below: Bell describes one of the discs included in this set, his Bach album:

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The Well Aging Fiddler - The Siren's Call........Upgrading a Violin.

August 16, 2017, 4:00 PM · A few weeks ago, the sirens sang to me. They tested me. They called to me. Unlike Odysseys, I was not tied to a mast. I wanted to buy a $5000 violin simply because I’d read somewhere it was the starting price for really good, professional violins. Now remember, this was after only four lessons on the instrument. I could barely play a violin, much less hold a bow correctly. However, I ran – well actually drove my car – to a violin store, and was tempted to buy a wonderful musical instrument. After only four lessons, I was intoxicated with the idea of owning a really good violin.

A couple of months ago I came into a modest inheritance. My first instinct -a good instinct - was to be smart and pay off some bills. Bills can lurk in the back of a persons mind, wake you at 2 a.m. and bother a good nights sleep.

I took care of them. I paid them off. You know, it’s amazing how quickly money can disappear, even when doing the right thing. In a matter of minutes I paid off credit card bills, paid for the repair of a garage door, a couple other things that needed attention, and I found my inheritance dwindled down to a much smaller number. The wise person would put the rest of the money in savings. The impulsive person would spend it. Guess what I wanted to do. Keep reading...

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