5 EDITORIAL Silver celebration
6 LETTERS Your thoughts and comments
7 NEWS & NOTES Nicolas Namoradze receives UK Critics’ Circle Award ••• Casio launches new digital pianos ••• New label promotes women composers
10 ONE TO WATCH En Blanc et Noir festival director Bobby Mitchell
12 IN BLACK AND WHITE How spooky is the piano?
22 ECLECTIC REFLECTIONS George Xiaoyuan Fu introduces his debut album Mirrors
30 SHARED DIALOGUE France’s Long-Thibaud Competition gets a new lease of life
32 COMPETITIONS DIARY Piano prizes in 2023 and beyond
FROM OUR ACHIVE 35 RUSSIAN REVELATIONS Intimate insights from Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter
38 PAST MASTER Claudio Arrau remembers Ferruccio Busoni
41 TIMELESS GREATS Alfred Brendel discusses the music he loves most – and why
47 RETURNING TO THE PIANO IV – Touch (Part 2)
SHEET MUSIC 51 REPERTOIRE RARITIES Józef Krogulski’s La bella Cravovienna
65 NEW MUSIC Rajarata by Nancy Litton’
70 FESTIVAL FOCUS Piano City comes to Lecce in Italy
72-79 NEW RELEASES CDs, DVDs, books and sheet music
80 IN CONCERT Contemporary dance meets Bach’s Goldberg Variations
82 MUSIC OF MY LIFE Sir Stephen Hough reveals his formative musical influences
CANET T Y-CL ARKE
14 ON A SOUND TRACK Alexandre Tharaud champions great film scores and explains how they help him connect with audiences
20 CELLULOID MAESTRO Cate Blanchett reveals why playing the piano on-screen awakens memories from her childhood
18 A WHOLE NEW WORLD Lang Lang plays virtuoso transcriptions from Disney movies
25 LEADING LADIES Why don’t more women pianists win major competitions?
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