Glinka dis­cov­ery

BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS -

Read­ing Erik Levi’s ar­ti­cle on Glinka (Novem­ber), I will con­fess to not know­ing as much of his mu­sic as I should. How­ever, I do pos­sess a won­der­ful live record­ing of his Sex­tet in E flat, for pi­ano, string quar­tet and dou­ble bass, part of a set recorded at the Lugano Fes­ti­val in 2009. For any­one who en­joys cham­ber mu­sic with un­usual in­stru­men­tal forces, I would rec­om­mend it. All six play­ers, led by pi­anist Polina Leschenko, are clearly hav­ing great fun. I would be in­ter­ested to hear if any other read­ers have views on other rec­om­mended works by him? Ian Mor­gan, Malvern The ed­i­tor replies: The record­ings made each year at the Lugano Fes­ti­val have, in gen­eral, been a won­der­ful trea­sure trove for those want­ing to in­ves­ti­gate rarely per­formed reper­toire. Sadly now dis­con­tin­ued, this bril­liantly pro­grammed and per­formed sum­mer event will be badly missed.

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