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5 EDITORIAL Rising to the top 6 LETTERS Your thoughts and comments 7 NEWS & NOTES Hastings Competition unveils Steinway partnership ••• Gilmore launches virtual concert season ••• Remembering Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin 10 ONE TO WATCH Russian pianist Georgy Tchaidze 12 IN BLACK AND WHITE Is there an unspoken cultural perception that girls can’t play ‘big’ repertoire? 14 ILL-TEMPERED CLAVIER Charivari claims that your musical tastes reveal your political persuasion 24 PERSONAL TOUCH Bertrand Chamayou introduces his new album of lullabies 29 KEY CHANGE Expanded Steinway fleet to transform Cardiff ’s Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 32 GRAND TOUR Revelling in the responsiveness of Yamaha’s new Clavinova 700 Series 35 GOING FOR GOLD Key international piano competitions in 2021 39 SOUND TRUTHS Part IV – What are the pros and cons of taking a graded approach to piano pedagogy? 41 MAKING THE GRADE Innovative new syllabuses from the UK’s leading music exam boards

SHEET MUSIC 43-49 REPERTOIRE FOCUS Thalberg’s transcription of Rossini’s ‘Mi manca la voce’ 43 Masterclass with Paul Wee 45 Know the score

51 PIANO RARITIES Godowsky’s Waltz-Poem IV and Alt Wien

59 NEW MUSIC Theseus by Mark Goddard

64-72 NEW RELEASES CDs, DVDs and books 74 MUSIC OF MY LIFE Tamara Stefanovich shares her passion for music through the ages

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16 ON THE WILD SIDE Hélène Grimaud leads us on a mindexpanding journey through the music of Mozart and Silvestrov 21 HUNGARIAN FANTASY Is there such a thing as a national style of piano playing in Hungary?

26 BACK TO BACH Margaret Fingerhut finds solace in Bach’s fugues during the chaos of the pandemic 62 COMMUNAL JOY Rediscovering the power of live music at the Chopin Institute’s summer festival www.international-piano.com

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