In our May issue, Richard Morrison meets the leading violinist Maxim Vengerov as he marks 40 years of life on the concert stage. Another major anniversary we are celebrating this year is the centenary of sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, whose biographer Oliver Craske details his outstanding contribution to the development of 20th-century western music.


Also this month, Kate Molleson meets the groundbreaking Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan and we take a walk around New York’s best musical haunts.

We name the very best recordings of Kodály’s Háry János orchestral suite, and the iconic Argentinian Astor Piazzolla is our Composer of the Month.

Bruckner’s stunning Symphony No. 8 is on your cover CD this month, in a performance by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Donald Runnicles.


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BBC Music Magazine May 2020 Cover CD: Bruckner Symphony No. 8
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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.