Stradivari’s ‘Spanish Court’ Quartet Reveals Age-Old Clash Between Preservation & Performance

By Cristina Schreil As if the ornate splendor of Madrid’s Royal Palace wasn’t romantic enough, four instruments—displayed in glass cases like prized artifacts—immediately evoke the tale of Snow White. The two violins, viola, and cello are enchanting, as if pulled from a fairy tale: decorative details include bead-like ivory inlay in the purfling and ornate … Continue reading Stradivari’s ‘Spanish Court’ Quartet Reveals Age-Old Clash Between Preservation & Performance