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As for the orchestra, this was the Munich Symphony, which had a cello to die for. Not that of the principal, Irish cellist Christopher Barrett, but of an intern who should rapidly be rising through the ranks with this magnificent instrument to pave her way. From 1740-1750 or thereabouts, the experts, many of whom are currently taking note, are still trying to decide whether it could have been built by Daniel Achatius Stadlmann (c1680-1744) toward the very end of his life. A special solo performance in the break proved it to be a principal solo instrument of high quality, with full and elegant tone. The intern, Ulrike Simon-Weidner, who plays with a French bridge to bring out a dark richness of sound from her cello and has played it as soloist with other orchestras already, is currently also a member of the Munich Bach Soloists.

Cellist Ulrike Simon-Weidner gives a solo performance in the break. Photo © 2008 Philip Crebbin
Cellist Ulrike Simon-Weidner gives a solo performance in the break. Photo © 2008 Philip Crebbin

 

Copyright © 9 July 2008 Tess Crebbin, Munich, Germany

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