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The Countess of Stanlein Restored: A History of the Countess of Stanlein Ex Paganini Stradivarius Cello of 1707
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644–1737) was the noblest of bowed wooden stringed instrument makers. His work remains the Platonic ideal and template for contemporary ‘luthiers’; present day technology may hope to match but not alter the standard of such craftsmanship. Extant examples of the master’s instruments are numerous—but ...more
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published October 17th 2001 by Verso
(first published October 2001)
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Surprisingly uninteresting, and almost totally uninformative, despite the topic: the restoration of perhaps the finest cello Stradivarius ever made--the "Countess of Stanlein", once owned by Paganini. Yet, the restorer here was the tutor of Sam Zygmuntowicz in the better book "The Violin Maker"; still better is Tony Faber on violins and Eric Siblin on cellos. Stick with any or all of those.
Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Hopwood Committee. He has published twenty-five books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novels are The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall; his most recent works of non-fiction are The Countess of Stanlein Restored and The Lost ...moreMore about Nicholas Delbanco...