Staff Pick: The Art of Stradivari

Jun 27, 2019

Antonio Stradivari created instruments that have given the world their unique and rich sounds for hundreds of years. Author Tony Faber joined us to talk about Stradivari’s enduring work. This episode was picked by KUER’s newsroom managing editor Elaine Clark. 

Antonio Stradivari created instruments that have given the world their unique and rich sounds for hundreds of years. Author Tony Faber joins us to talk about Stradivari’s enduring work. Also on the program is Utah Symphony Concert Master Ralph Matson, playing a 1702 Lord Borwick Stradivarius, and the late Peter Prier of Peter Prier and Sons Violins.

Here’s what long-time RadioWest producer Elaine Clark has to say about the episode:

Doug has some pretty innovative ideas for the show, and they’re not always easy to pull off. I’ve had to find things like a coffin, a faberge egg, and a grand piano. All on deadline. When we scheduled the author of a book about Antonio Stradivari’s craft and six of his instruments, Doug said, “You know what would be cool?”. Of course, he wanted me to track down a Stradivarius violin and someone to perform on it. As it turned out, the late Peter Prier just happened to have one in his shop and was happy to oblige. He even invited me to try it out myself after the show. When he saw how shaky my hands were, Prier said, “Just play it.” Honestly, this is one of the most treasured memories of my life.