String quartet gets a Strad from the national bank

String quartet gets a Strad from the national bank


norman lebrecht

November 13, 2020

Some things work well in Vienna.

We hear that the the Auner Quartet has been loaned two violins by the National Bank of Austria. One is a Giovanni Grancino cello (Milan 1706). The other is the Antonio Stradivari violin (‘ex Rouse-Boughton’), Cremona 1698.

This is it, played by Barbara Auner.


  • yujafan says:

    I see she does a variant upon that famous photograph of Enescu

  • Bill says:

    A cello is not a violin. Not clear who is happier about that, the cellists or the violinists, but we all agree on the truth of the matter.

  • Fiddlist says:

    Two violins and one of them is a cello? That’s a typo to be fixed.

  • Christian Halstead says:

    Where have all the comments gone?

  • Skippy says:

    When do these ancient Cremonese instruments start to break down into unplayability? After 300 years, I’d think we’d be approaching the long tail of any reasonable life span…