Antonio Stradivari, 1714, "General Kyd", ex-Itzak Perlman, ex-Sinsheimer
Most of Itzak Perman's early recordings were on the General Kyd Strad.After Itzak sold the General Kyd Strad, it was played for about six years by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg. When the people who were lending it to her got divorced she was given the option of acquiring the instrument (at a very good price) but was not able to raise the money. The General Kyd then passed into the hands of the Italian violinist Uto Ughi who owned it for a couple of years (and had the original Stradivarineck replaced by a modern neck in Switzerland in 1992), and from Ugi it passed to the present owner in 1994. You can hear the powerful, yet silvery and voluptuous tone of this violin on many, manyrecordings.
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