January 2017


In our January issue, we explore the future of classical music: how will our musical habits have changed 20 years from now? James Naughtie speaks to harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr, Edward Gardner tells us about the music which has shaped his life, and we discover why our Composer of the Month, Claude Debussy, hated Impressionism. Also in our January issue, we celebrate the extraordinary life of 89-year-old Czech harpsichordist Zuzana Ružičková who, having survived three Nazi concentration camps, went on to make a series of major Bach recordings. We reveal the story of two pioneers of stereo recording – a 1930s innovation which we take for granted today. Plus, on your free cover CD, listen to a complete recording of Carl Orff’s profane cantata 'Carmina Burana’, recorded by the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and conducted by Andrew Litton.