In our April issue, conductor John Eliot Gardiner tells us how his long relationship with the music of Monteverdi has led to a major worldwide tour of the composer’s operas. Five-hundred years on from the Reformation, we examine the impact Martin Luther’s protestant movement had on choral music. Also inside our April issue, we name the best recordings of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, examine the life and work of the dramatic genius Donizetti, and discover why the music of Ignace Pleyel – who was tipped by Mozart as the heir to Haydn – is so little known today. We meet the choirs taking part in London’s inaugural International Youth Choir Festival and find out the music that shaped the life of double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, plus James Naughtie interviews the Dutch fortepianist Ronald Brautigam. All this plus, on your free cover CD, 400 years of great British choral anthems sung by the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral.
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