April 2010

It is 200 years since the birth of Chopin. In that time he has become one of the most beloved and frequently performed of composers, despite the fact that he composed substantially less, over a narrower range, than many of his fellow greats.

Chopin expert Jeremy Nicholas investigates precisely why we all love Chopin - talking to leading musicians including Ingrid Fliter and Nelson Freire about the composer's love affair with the piano. He also travels to Poland to uncover the legacy of the country's most famous musician.

Also in the April issue:

Stephen Hough discusses his new major project, recording all of Tchaikovsky's works for piano and orchestra.

In the Gramophone Collection, David Threasher finds the must-have recording of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.

Pianist Simon Trpceski talks to Geoffrey Norris about committing his Rachmaninov interpretations to disc

This month's diarist is Peter Phillips, founder of the Tallis Scholar, who looks back on 30 years of the group's label Gimell Records.

140 discs reviewed - including new recordings from Jordi Savall, Gerald Finley and Bernard Haintink - plus DVDs, downloads, books and audio.

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