Russian pianist Sviastoslav Richter discussing his forthcoming performance of Mozart’s piano concerto in B flat major at the June 1965 Aldeburgh Festival with its conductor, Benjamin Britten. Their location is Blythburgh church, Suffolk. Photographer: Brian Seed.
In today’s Guardian, Charlotte Higgins gains access to the composer’s medical notes, which were not available to his biographer, Paul Kildea. She also talks to the senior registrar who looked after Britten in hospital at the time Kildea says he was found to have syphilis. The notes give no indication of venereal disease, even by euphemism, and the cardiologist says the circumstances described by Kildea are ‘rubbish’.
28 December 2012 will mark 75 years since the death of French composer Maurice Ravel. Perhaps best known for his orchestral work Boléro, which was originally commissioned as a ballet by Russian ballerina Ida Rubenstein, he ranks as one of the most influential composers of the early 20th century.
Click on the image below to see a selection of Ravel images from the Lebrecht Music & Arts collection: