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Music to my Ears: former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger

Alan Rusbridger, former Guardian editor and now principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, talks to BBC Music Magazine about the joys of music-making as an adult, his beloved Fazioli piano and seeing pianist Alfred Brendel perform on his farewell tour

Published: January 6, 2021 at 8:21 am
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In this episode, BBC Music Magazine’s editor Oliver Condy talks to the former Guardian editor and now principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Alan Rusbridger.


While the editor of a national paper during the Arab Spring, Wikileaks controversies, the newspaper hacking scandal, riots in the UK and more, Alan Rusbridger found time to learn and perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, a feat he describes in his book Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible.

Recordings featured:

Chopin: Ballade No. 1
Murray Perahia (piano)
Sony Classical

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
Sony Classical

Bach arr. Busoni: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Alfred Brendel (piano)

Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
Takacs Quartet

Schubert: Variations on an Original Theme
Andreas Staier & Alexander Melnikov (piano)
Harmonia Mundi

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