5 EDITORIAL Sonatas in the sun 6 LETTERS Your thoughts and comments 7 NEWS & NOTES Remembering Chinese pianist Fou Ts’ong ••• Leeds Competition announces Virtual First Round shortlist ••• Kawai unveils new Digital Grand series 10 ONE TO WATCH Luxembourgian pianist and teacher Sabine Weyer 12 IN BLACK AND WHITE Should we care if Chopin was gay? 24 RUSSIAN COCKTAIL Nicholas Walker introduces his complete recorded survey of Balakirev’s piano works 26 MORE TO EXPLORE Howard Shelley leads the London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored concerto series 33 SOUND TRUTHS Part VI – The methodological magic of micro-practising 36 NOURISHING STUDIES How to develop all-round musicianship rather than focusing on technical achievement
SHEET MUSIC 39-43 REPERTOIRE FOCUS Tchaikovsky’s Lullaby Op 16/1 39 Masterclass with Yulia Chaplina 41 Know the score 45 NEW MUSIC I Mosaic from Editions Musica Ferrum 53 NEW MUSIC II Two pieces by Patrick Brandon
58 COMMUNICATING WITH CONVICTION Jean Muller on the latest instalment of his Mozart sonatas cycle 60 DREAMING OF BRAHMS Pianist Nada completes her comprehensive survey of Brahms’ piano music 62-72 NEW RELEASES CDs, DVDs, books and sheet music 74 MUSIC OF MY LIFE Clare Hammond reveals the recordings that have helped her in times of difficulty
14 KEYBOARD MAVERICK Serbian-American virtuoso Ivan Ili´c shares his fascination with the music of Reicha
22 MAESTRO OF MECHANICS Colin Clarke visits the workshop of legendary Italian piano technician Angelo Fabbrini
19 SINGING THEIR PRAISES Italy is celebrated as the birthplace of opera, but what is the essence of Italian pianism?
28 FESTIVAL FOCUS Live and online events for pianists around the globe in 2021
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