A specially-commissioned portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven graces the cover of the August issue to celebrate the fact that we have gathered together nine of the greatest Beethoven conductors of today to explore his nine symphonies. Each of the nine symphonies is championed by a different conductor, beginning with Sir Roger Norrington on the First, then David Zinman on the Second, Mariss Jansons (Third), Osmo Vänskä (Fourth), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Fifth), Iván Fischer (Sixth), Michael Tilson Thomas (Seventh), Paavo Järvi (Eighth) and Riccardo Chailly (Ninth). With profound insights and engaging advocacy for perhaps the greatest symphonic cycle in history, this special issue is not to be missed. Also in the August issue:
* Violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Steven Osborne examine the score of Prokofiev's First Violin Sonata
* Tully Potter surveys the life and career of conductor Ferenc Fricsay
* Sofia Gubaidulina's unique sound world is the focus of Gavin Dixon
* Andrew Mellor chooses 10 recordings inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest
The August issue is available digitally and to subscribers now, and on general sale from July 22.
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