Listen to the Sound of the £2 Million Stradivari Violin
2017-12-13 String Instrument News
Antonio Stradivari, the world’s famous luthier, created remarkable violins in the year 1600 in which became the standard pattern for modern day violins. They were also one of the world’s most expensive violins due to their old age and rareness.
One of Stradivari’s violin was auctioned by the Ingles & Hayday Company where the price expected in the bidding would reach from £1.3 – £2 million. Classic FM handled the instrument very carefully as they brought it to the auction house.
This violin is named as Ex- Croall; McEwen, created by Antonio Stradivari in 1684. It was believed that the instrument was crafted during the prime years of Stradivari. According to experts, there are significant changes in his style to during this particular period. This period is where Antonio Stradivari had started his venture for perfection as we can see the manifestation of it on this instrument. Later, his other crafts were influenced by it. We can see the label inside the violin makes as “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1684 AS.”
We can see Stradivari’s trademark as it was coated with an attractive golden color as its varnish blends in with the color of the maple wood used during that time. Some experts also believed that the varnish applied to the instrument is one of the reasons why Stradivarius sound is unique and remarkable sound.
This instrument was one of Stradivari’s most exquisite creations according to Ingles & Hayday Company. Their statement is quite true because of the modifications of design that Stradivari did on this instrument. Suyeon Kim, Alexander Gilman, and Frank Peter Zimmermann are some of the world-renowned violinists who have played this instrument.
Listen to the sound of the £2 million Ex- Croall; McEwen Stradivari in this video