In this month’s issue, we celebrate Béla Bartók’s 75th anniversary, looking back on his powerful contribution to 20th-century music. The great Hungarian composer is also on your cover CD this month, with a set of recordings by pianist Alexander Gadijev, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Calidore Quartet.
Also this month, we explore the technology being used to enable ensembles and orchestras across the world to host live concerts while they are apart in lockdown. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston talks to James Naughtie about creating a cookbook in lockdown, with recipes crowdsourced from musicians. Editor Oliver Condy reports from Shanghai and Guangzhou about the flourishing classical music scene in China, while our columnist Richard Morrison muses on what the post-viral landscape will look like for the classical music industry.
Plus, composer Max Richter tells us all about the music that’s made him who he is today, we name the best recordings of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Florent Schmitt is our Composer of the Month.