Story No. 560954
Title (TT) Russia Violins
Summary Violin maker recreates classic violins with modern materials
Tape Number EF08/0388
Duration 00:05:04
Source AP Television
Date 14 апреля 2008 г. 1:37:49


A Russian violin maker says he's discovered the secrets of the famous Stradivarius.

Alexander Rabinovich says he's reproduced the amber required to ground instruments in the same way as the old Italian Masters.

Antonio Stradivari used amber from Mount Etna. The fossil resin ran dry at the end of the 18th century.


Alexander Rabinovich's passion for the violin started when he was ten years old.

His classmate's father was a professional violin maker. Rabinovich would go to his workshop to watch him create the instruments.

Now a professional violin maker himself, Rabinovich has made more than 400 instruments - not only violins but also cellos and altos. His dream was to create an ideal instrument, which could meet the criteria of the famous Stradivari.

He insists there is no use in copying old violins. The sound depends not so much on the construction and the shape of the instrument as on the microstructure of wood and the special way of treating it.

Rabinovich explains the main secret is in the method of grinding, which opens the capillary tubes in the wood and makes them sound like resonators. Like Stradivarius, he uses wood from the German Alps for his violins.

The second step is grounding. Italian masters used amber from Mount Etna for the basis of the grounding and lacquering. At the end of the 18th century these sources started to run dry.

Rabinovich managed to reproduce the technology by experimenting with Baltic amber.

He explains his research on wood structure led to the creation of an ideal material for any musical instrument.

Pyotr Shtshadenko, a violin player who uses Rabinovich's pieces, says he is easily able to achieve all the sounds he needs with the new violin.

The first concert master of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Leo Klychkov, compares Rabinovich's instruments with human beings, saying every one is unique, but they all are wonderful.

Rabinovich is considered one of the best violin masters in Russia. His instruments have gained recognition all over the world. Among the owners are many outstanding performers from Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Korea and the United States. editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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