April 2013

Exclusive interview: Simon Rattle. Berlin's maestro talks to Ivan Hewett about recording Stravinsky's Rite of Spring


Simon Rattle
As the conductor reveals he will be leaving the Berlin Philharmonic in five years, we send Ivan Hewett to ask him about his memorable time in the German capital


It's festival time
As a summer of wonderful music-making appears on the horizon, we look at the best festivals in our 36-page special

O clap your hands
Let's show our appreciation for Andrew Green, please, as he explores the history of applause

Felix Mendelssohn
Erik Levi asks how a composer of such genius could become so reviled soon after his death


Plus on your free CD
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6
Sir Adrian Boult conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Click on the button below to download the cover Inlay and you can also listen to a clip from the CD below.