BBC Radio Program

Blind listening tests of four violins


An audio copy of a BBC radio program from the 1970s in which a panel (comprising Pinchas Zukerman, Isaac Stern and Charles Beare) try a short blind-listening test on four violins, including a Stradivarius and a Guarneri del Gesu.


The violins are played.

Discussion of test limitations; and the results.

Discussion about violins, their sound and qualities, bows.

Discussion about modern violins, the Strad vs del Gesu debate.