21st Feb: Alexander Vedernikov, Elizabeth Connell and a magical Russian ballerina

Tuesday 21st February 2012

BBC Music Magazine

Alexander Vedernikov

The Russian conductor who dramatically left the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009 talks about Rachmaninov, Scriabin and the difference between Russian and English orchestras

A new work by Sally Beamish and Melanie Reid proves moving and thought provoking

Elizabeth Davis hears one of the compositions commissioned as part of the Cultural Olympiad

Magnificent Mahler from the Philharmonia Orchestra

Download a free track from Mahler’s Sixth Symphony


Championing the ‘backroom’ people for the Hall of Fame

Producers, A&R directors and label founders

Student wins chance to record on 300-year-old Stradivarius

ABRSM competition winner also receives masterclass with Nicola Benedetti.

NY Times 

Elizabeth Connell, Opera Singer, Dies at 65

Elizabeth Connell, a South African-born opera singer who won acclaim internationally in roles by Wagner, Strauss, Beethoven and others, died on Saturday in London.

The Telegraph

The Swan who danced herself to death

Rupert Christiansen salutes the magical Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova as a new performance honours her memory.