Released in the wake of the sensational theft - and eventual recovery - of his “Lipiński” Strad, Frank Almond releases ‘A Violin’s Life, Volume 2’, featuring works by Beethoven, Amanda Maier-Röntgen and Eduard Tubin.
1715: the famed Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari constructs what will become one of his most legendary violins. Among its first owners is Giuseppe Tartini, he of the "Devil's Trill" Sonata.
c1817: the violin is bequeathed to Polish virtuoso violinist Karol Lipinski who inspired many works for the instrument.
2008: after passing through many countries and collections the "Lipinski" Strad arrives in the hands of Frank Almond, through an anonymous donor.
2013: Frank Almond releases A Violin's Life (AV 2279), an album that traces the provenance of the "Lipinski" Strad, with music by Schumann, Tartini, Julius Röntgen, and Lipinski himself.
January 2014: Following a concert, walking towards his car, Frank Almond is tasered by an assailant and the "Lipinski" Strad is stolen. An FBI pursuit results in the recovery of the "Lipinski" Strad a few weeks later. International media coverage goes viral, including international TV coverage, a feature in Vanity Fair, NPR, BBC, and much more.
May 2016: Frank Almond releases A Violin Life, Volume 2, featuring more music associated with the "Lipinski" Strad, including works by Beethoven, Amanda Maier-Röntgen and Eduard Tubin, poised to create another classic release.
The "Lipinski" Strad lives on.
A Violin's Life, Volume 2 - Music for the 'Lipinski' Strad:
Beethoven, Ludwig van:
Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 ‘Kreutzer' - William Wolfram (piano)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B minor - William Wolfram (piano)
Sonata for violin solo