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FEATURES 28 Cover: Sergei Rachmaninov

On the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, today’s performers explain his genius to Andrew Green 40 East meets west The Clarion Choir is marking Rachmaninov 150 by recording all his choral works, discovers Charlotte Smith 44 Compulsively driven Ste ve Wr ight on the unlikely obsessions of the great composers, from trainspotting to fear of the number 23 48 Call of the Nile Claire Jackson explores how Eg ypt and its rich history have inspired a wealth of music across the centuries 52 An orchestral odyssey A dazzling new animated f ilm introducing the orchestra has caught the eyes and ears of To m S t e w a r t

EVERY MONTH 8 Letters 12 The Full Score 27 Richard Morrison 36 The BBC Music Magazine Interview

Pianist Kirill Gerstein tells Michael Church how it took some seriously stern words to put his career on track 58 Musical Destinations

Charlotte Smith heads for the musical peaks of Gstaad 60 Composer of the Month

Forging his own technique and tackling tough subjects have earned Steve Reich cult status, says Claire Jackson 64 Building a Library

Daniel Jaffé on Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) 98 Live concert and opera highlights 100 Radio & TV listings 104 Crossword and Quiz 106 Music that Changed Me

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28 The genius of Sergei Rachmaninov

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