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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Rare Stradivarius recorded for the first time

11:36, 18th May 2016

The rare 1725 ‘Chevillard King of Portugal’ Stradivarius cello will be heard on disc for the first time this month.

Russia-born cellist Pavel Gomziakov recorded a disc of Haydn on the instrument for Onyx Classics.

The cello was created by Antonio Stradivari when he was 81 years old. It has been displayed at Lisbon’s Museu Nacional da Música since 1937, where it is played once a year for a limited audience.

Gomziakov, who lives in Lisbon, first came across the instrument in 2014. He arranged for its restoration and persuaded the museum to allow a series of recording sessions in the Gulbenkian Foundation Auditorium with the Orquestra Gulbenkian.

The instrument was accompanied by a full police escort to recording sessions, which took place between August and September 2015.

Pavel Gomziakov’s disc of Haydn cello concertos with the Orquestra Gulbenkian (ONYX4151) will be released on 20 May.

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