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The work that nearly defeated the great composer ELGAR’S SYMPHONY NO. 1

The pianist’s mission to inspire young talent BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

The world’s best-selling classical music magazine

Riccardo Chailly We celebrate the Italian maestro’s five glorious decades at the top

Full February listings inside

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Also in this issue Why music really is the food of love The worrying decline of our folk heritage Puccini’s car crash and much more…

Ruby Hughes The soprano’s soulful new disc

Ruggero Leoncavallo Was he a one-hit wonder?

Wynne Evans Meet the Go Compare tenor

100 reviews by the world’s finest critics Recordings & books – see p68

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