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5 EDITORIAL Revolutionary studies 6 LETTERS Your thoughts and comments 9 NEWS & NOTES Vladimir Ashkenazy retires ••• Gilmore Festival unveils stellar line-up ••• Peter Serkin dies aged 72 12 ONE TO WATCH Swedish wunderkind Herman Pellbäck 14 IN BLACK AND WHITE Are small hands a hindrance for pianists? 16 ILL-TEMPERED CLAVIER Charivari decries the dominance of Beethoven 26 PERSONAL TOUCH Musical activist Sarah Nicholls puts climate change on the agenda 31 PIANO PORTALS Introducing a radical new take on piano pedagogy 36 FINE TUNING Routes to becoming a master technician 39 KEY NOTES Authority and authenticity in performance

SHEET MUSIC 43-52 REPERTOIRE FOCUS Schumann-Liszt: ‘Widmung’ 43 Masterclass by Margaret Fingerhut 45 Listen online 46 Know the score 53 PIANO RARITIES Polonaise by Maria Szymanowska 59 NEW MUSIC Bärenreiter’s new Beethoven edition

64 FEAST OF DELIGHTS Festival highlights at Bordeaux’s l’Esprit du Piano 67 IN CONCERT Live reviews from London 68-78 NEW RELEASES CDs, DVDs, books and sheet music 80 INSTANT ACCESS Digital piano scores on subscription 82 MUSIC OF MY LIFE Paul Lewis is moved to tears by Mahler






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18 FREETHINKING PHILOSOPHER Federico Colli continues his quest for truth with his latest disc of Scarlatti sonatas 24 POLISH PIONEER Celebrating the trailblazing 19thcentury virtuoso Maria Szymanowska

28 GRAND DAME Leeds Competition founder Fanny Waterman at 100 33 SURVIVAL INSTINCT Strategies for combatting performance anxiety

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