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After the spectacular success of A Violin's Life (and all the drama that followed), we're ready to record Vol. 2!
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In 2013, A Violin's Life became a reality thanks to generous Kickstarter backers. The recording made the Billboard Top 10 in its first week of release, and went on to rave reviews and sales. The website became an important online resource for both the project and the dramatic turn of events in January 2014.

I'd always thought of this as a multi-part project, and with your help we're planning on releasing A Violin's Life, Vol. 2 in May 2016. As with Vol. 1, I'll again be collaborating with the spectacular pianist William Wolfram, and the recording will be released on AVIE Records. The repertory will include:

- The Violin Sonata of Amanda Röntgen-Maier, the first wife of Julius Röntgen, who's family owned the violin for decades.

- The Sonata for Violin Solo by the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. The Estonian violinist Evi Liivak often played works of Tubin and other prominent composers from her home country, and including this little-known work commemorates her dedication to them.

- The monumental "Kreutzer" Sonata of Beethoven. Playing this same 1715 Stradivari violin, Karol Lipinski performed the famed sonata in 1840 with Franz Liszt at the piano. 

We could've never imagined the incredible saga since 2013 that is only the latest chapter for this storied instrument. Help us make A Violin's Life, Vol. 2. come to life- our goal is to continue to partially chronicle the incredible history and provenance of this great instrument, not only with another exceptional recording but with updates to the website as well. As before, all funds will be used exclusively for recording, production, and manufacturing costs. We are deeply grateful for any support you can offer!

With sincere thanks (again),

Frank Almond

Risks and challenges

With the notable success of the first volume of A Violin's Life, we look forward to releasing another deeply felt and artistically important project. This is especially significant to our team in light of the dramatic events that followed the last CD, and the challenges that accompanied those events. With your help, we hope this will be one more "silver lining" to that amazing saga, and perhaps only the second recording in a series to come.

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    You'll receive an advance download of A Violin's Life, Vol. 2

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    You'll receive an advance CD and download of A Violin's Life, Vol. 2. International donors please add $10 for shipping.

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    You'll receive an advance CD of A Violin's Life, Vol. 2 plus a limited edition poster signed by Frank Almond and William Wolfram. International donors please add $15 for shipping.

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    In addition to the items at the $75 reward level, we'll send you signed copies of two previous CDs from Frank Almond and William Wolfram, featuring the complete Brahms Sonatas and Sonatas of Strauss, Respighi, and Janacek. International donors please add $15 for shipping.

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    All items at $350 level, plus we'll give you a box of 20 previously released Almond/Wolfram CDs for you to give to your friends. International donors please add $50 for shipping.

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    All $500 level items, plus 4 free tickets anyplace Frank plays as a soloist or chamber musician (travel not included), and come meet me for a drink afterwards.

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    All $3000 level items, plus an hour long private concert in your own home with the "Lipinski" Stradivarius. Each of your guests (up to 20 people) will also receive a signed CD of A Violin's Life, Vol. 2. Details of this reward will be discussed upon the CD's official release, and would be subject to reasonable scheduling/travel limitations.

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