Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Classics vs. moderns

In what they call “a striking challenge to conventional wisdom,” a team of researchers led by Claudia Fritz of the University of Paris report that a group of violinists, given six fiddles to play – two by Stradivarius, one by Guarneri and three by modern makers – couldn’t tell by sound which were classic instruments and which were modern, The Guardian’s Ian Sample reports:


“[T]he report of this test leaves too many questions unanswered,” writes cellist Steven Isserlis, also for The Guardian: