Staff Picks: October 2010

The Countess of Stanlein Restored

The Countess of Stanlein Restored Book Cover

This is the story of an Antonio Stradivari violincello crafted in 1707. It now belongs to the cellist Bernard Greenhouse, in his eighties and semi-retired, who allows the New York virtuoso luthier Rene Morel to perform a complete restoration. This book tracks the process - a meticulous enterprise that took almost 2yrs. It's a very interesting story that musicians or artists of any kind will appreciate, including many of the emotions of Greenhouse and Morel during the restoration, and the trepidation that the Stanlein's sound may be altered in the process.