The Violin Channel recently caught up with Larsen Strings' Product Development Manager, Dr. Thomas Zwieg.
In a VC-exclusive blog, Thomas explains his goals and processes for the development of the new Magnacore Arioso Cello String Set.
“The most important task in developing new strings is to listen to the musicians and to transform their visions for sound into new products.
As the name Arioso indicates, our ambition with the Magnacore Arioso strings was to create a free and singing sound. In a first step, we developed the G and C Magnacore Arioso strings. With their lower tension, these strings liberate the instrument from exceed tension, bringing a rich, warm and powerful sound. At the same time, the lower tension of these strings let the upper strings vibrate more freely, giving them a higher sound quality.
Working with the same sound ideal, we developed the Magnacore Arioso A and D strings which have the most brilliant and singing character of all Larsen A and D strings. The challenge in the design of a brilliant string is to preserve the full spectrum of colors to avoid a narrow sound. With the Arioso A and D we succeeded in combining brilliance and clarity with a broad range of harmonics.
To achieve the right balance, we have combined the lower tension of the G and C strings with a medium tension A and D strings. All in all, the set offers a medium tension level, providing great projection and a wide range of sound colors.
Hand in hand with musicians
At Larsen Strings we develop strings in collaboration with the musicians. Christopher Franzius, 1st Principal Cello, NDR Elbphilharmonie and a longtime friend of Larsen Strings, has been one of the prime movers behind the Magnacore Arioso G and C strings. Now, also playing the Magnacore Arioso A and D strings, he expresses his opinion about the new set: “The new Arioso A and D strings not only hold the well-known charm of the warm Larsen sound but set also new standards with their harmonious brilliance and easiest playing up to the highest positions. The singing character of these strings facilitates wonderful, cantabile, legato passages and brings to me as a player inspiration to discover new possibilities with my instrument. Combined with the C and G strings already on the market, they form an ideal symbiosis. The instrument sounds more free and open, it resonates longer and simply feels good. I would say: Strings to satisfy the highest of demands.”
The Magnacore series: A toolbox of possibilities
With the arrival of the Magnacore Arioso A and D strings, we have added new options for the musicians to find the right set-up for their instrument and playing style.
We recommend combining the Magnacore Arioso upper strings with the G and C Magnacore Medium, Strong or Arioso. Likewise, the Magnacore Arioso G and C strings can be mixed with your ideal match from the full menu of Larsen A and D for cello: Original, Soloist and specifically Magnacore Medium, Strong or Arioso.
The Magnacore® A and D are made on a solid steel core and wound with high quality precision rolled flat wire. The Magnacore® Arioso G and C strings are formed on a concentric multi-stranded steel core and wound with high-grade tungsten and precision rolled flat wire.