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MARCH 2024

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FEATURES 26 Cover: Jakub Józef Orliński

The breakdancing countertenor tells Rebecca Franks how he’s headed to Gluck for his directorial debut 38 On a wing and a prayer Andrew Green on Ernest Lough, whose 1920s recording of Mendelssohn made him an instant treble superstar 42 Quiet revolutionaries The groundbreaking string collective 12 Ensemble explain their unique method and magic to Stephen Moss 46 Time to retune Lapsed violinist Ariane Todes reveals what it took to get her practising again af ter a long lockdown lay-off 50 Alternative Ulster To m S t e w a r t takes a look at how Northern Ireland’s contemporary music scene is thriving against the odds

56 15 musical works to study to Ste ve Wr ight gives his essential at-desk listening guide

EVERY MONTH 8 Letters 12 The Full Score

The latest news and interviews from the music world 25 Richard Morrison 34 The BBC Music Magazine Interview

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine talks to Charlotte Smith 60 Musical Destinations

Ste ve Wr ight enjoys the Tyrolean hills in Toblach, Italy 62 Composer of the Month

Dallapiccola, Italy ’s great modernist, by Misha Donat 66 Building a Library

George Hall deals out Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades 100 Radio & TV 104 Crossword and Quiz 106 Music that Changed Me

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26 Jakub Józef Orliński

Subscriptions £64.87 (UK); £65 (Europe); £74 (Rest of World) ABC Reg No. 3122 EDITORIAL Plus the classical work or album we would recommend studying to (see p56) Editor Charlotte Smith Central movements of Bach’s Violin Concertos in A minor, E major and D minor Deputy editor Jeremy Pound Schubert ’s Piano Tr ios Nos 1 & 2 Acting reviews editor S t e ve Wr i g ht Penguin Café Orchestra Acting content producer Freya Pa r r Strauss’s Alpine Symphony Cover CD editor A l ic e Pea r son Mozart ’s Symphony No. 31, ‘Par is’

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