… the 5th String
Matthias Michael Beckmann is the first cellist to perform the entire cello literature on a 5-string cello.
… one morning (Mai 2005) I awoke dreaming of a 5-stringed cello. At that time I was playing J.S. Bach’s Solo Suites very intensively. I contacted my master violinmaker Roger Hargrave and asked him whether he was interested in collaborating with me to develop and build this instrument; he was very keen to do this.
This is not simply a 4-string cello with a fifth string; it is an absolutely new design of instrument. I didn’t imagine the adjustment would be quite so dramatic.
The 5th string creates new dimensions of sound from the cello and infinitely enhances its timbre. The E string gives the cello a sound which is very warm and rich in overtones and carries very well in a concert hall.
I would not exchange it for a Stradivarius unless it had a 5th string. Matthias Michael Beckmann
A Pioneering spirit on the cello – Salzburg Inside 2013
… The cello took six months of work – June 2014
Team-work towards an ideal sound / Summer 2014