November 2011

Conductor Vasily Petrenko has restored the RLPO to its former glory. He talks to BBC Music Magazine about his ambitious Shostakovich symphonies project. Plus: download your six free tracks from iTunes


Vasily Petrenko
With his searing Shostakovich and ravishing Rachmaninov, the superb Russian conductor has breathed new life into the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He talks exclusively to Ivan Hewett


The Symphony
What is a symphony? And what are the symphonies that excite the top conductors? We explore orchestral music's most noble form

Victoria's Requiem
Jeremy Summerly names the finest recordings of this masterpiece of Renaissance choral writing


Maurice Duruflé
William Whitehead looks beyond the Requiem to find a French composer with a unique voice