In our November issue, we mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Daniel Jaffé explores how Shostakovich and his circle dared to defy the Soviet regime; Erik Levi chronicles the life and music of the first great 'Russian' composer, Mikhail Glinka; and Julian Haylock names the best recording of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill meets the legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy on his 80th birthday, while Welsh National Opera's music director Tomáš Hanus reveals his musical loves. Plus on your free cover CD, the great 20th-century pianist Sviatoslav Richter plays Rachmaninov's Preludes and works by Scriabin and Prokofiev.
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