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Samuel Barber (1910-1981 : U.S.A) Conductor: Hugh Wolff Ensemble: St.Paul Chamber Orchestra Soloists: Hilary Hahn Record label: SONY Catalogue ID: SK 89029

Samuel Barber (1910-1981 : U.S.A) Conductor: Kristjan Jarvi Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Mikhail Simonyan Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 477 9827

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: James MacMillan Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Nicola Benedetti Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: 4800249

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: James Levine Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Itzhak Perlman Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4455352

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Anne-Sophie Mutter Record label: EMI Catalogue ID: 5628252

Felix Mendelssohn Conductor: Daniel Harding Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Ray Chen Record label: Sony Classical Catalogue ID: 8869 7984102

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: James MacMillan Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Soloists: Nicola Benedetti Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4763159

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847 : Germany) Conductor: Kurt Masur Ensemble: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Soloists: Maxim Vengerov Record label: Teldec Catalogue ID: 4509 908752

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840 : Italy) Conductor: Eiji Oue Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Hilary Hahn Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4776232

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Violin decomposes as it is ‘eaten’ by a mushroom in a one-year timelapse

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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Best Tchaikovsky works: 10 of the Romantic composer’s musical masterpieces

Vegan violin replaces animal parts with wild berries and local spring water

‘World’s first’ vegan violin replaces animal hide glue with wild berries

Great explorer immortalised as his old floorboards are made into a unique violin

Great explorer immortalised as his old floorboards are made into a unique violin

International prize-winning soloist, Alexandra Conunova

Outrage as Moldovan authorities fail to return violinist’s €2 million Guadagnini confiscated at airport

Clean Bandit at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball

The chart-topping pop stars making classical strings the star of the show

Jesus Peralta makes the violins out of recycled materials

Violinist in Peru makes instruments from recycled rubbish for children to play

Tiny Violin steals the show on Got Talent España

A tiny, 4-inch violin leaves Spain’s Got Talent viewers spellbound

Ray Chen breaks a violin string during Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, handles it like a boss

Violinist Ray Chen snapped a string mid-Tchaikovsky concerto, and handled it like a boss

Karolina Protsenko performs Einaudi

13-year-old violinist performs stunning Ludovico Einaudi duet with her mother

Violin virtuoso plays iconic Super Mario Bros sound effects with startling accuracy

Violin virtuoso plays iconic Super Mario Bros sound effects with startling accuracy

Violinist spots new neighbours having a lockdown wedding, walks into the road to serenade them

Violinist spots new neighbours having a lockdown wedding, walks into the road to serenade them

Watch a sublime string quartet serenade Venetians with Vivaldi on a boat shaped like a violin

A sublime string quartet serenades Venice’s canals with Vivaldi, on a boat shaped like a violin