December 2011

In an exclusive interview cellist Steven Isserlis talks about his musical passions, writing books and playing on gut strings. Also in this issue, James Naughtie meets Vladimir Jurowski and we take a walk with15 composers and their dogs

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Steven Isserlis
The brilliant cellist talks to Fiona Maddocks about playing chamber music with friends, managing stage nerves and the art of practising

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Opera on Film
Love opera, but can't make it to the Met? How about a trip to the pictures, then? We look into the phenomenon of the live 'cinecast'

A nice bit of bark
An untrodden area of classical music – composers' dogs

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George Gershwin
The great American composer who brought classical music into the jazz age