A concertmaster’s Strad is brought back from the deadmain
The Lucerne Festival Strings have received on loan the c.1680 ‘Sellière’ Stradivarius, played by the Austrian virtuosos Wolfgang Schneiderhan from about 1934 until 1979. The instrument has not been heard in public for 40 years.
Schneiderhan, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1937 to 1951, was a prolific soloist on Deutsche Grammophon, recording the 10 Beethoven sonatas with his friend Wilhelm Kempff. He was also a founder of Lucerne Festival Strings.