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Silver linings

The opening of the 2019 Bravo! Vail Music Festival was beset by last-minute programme changes and inclement weather – yet despite the odds proved to be a rousing success, as Charlotte Smith reports

My trip to cover the Bravo! Vail Music Festival in its 32nd season was not what I expected – but neither was it the disappointment it might have been under less enthusiastic and capable management. The original draw, apart from Colorado’s breathtaking mountain scenery, was star soloist Anne- Sophie Mutter, who was due to open the six-week event with the complete Mozart violin concertos over two nights of performances with Chamber Music Vienna-Berlin – a tantalising prospect considering the orchestra was composed of elite musicians hand-picked from the already elite Vienna and Berlin philharmonics. However, unfortunate and unavoidable circumstances meant that Mutter had to delay her appearance at the festival, and that I had returned to the UK by the time she was able to perform.

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We talk to the members of the Belcea Quartet and ask why more young people are turning to period performance. Students of Kató Havas pay tribute to the late violin teacher, and there’s a look at asymmetric instruments. Plus a Mendelssohn Masterclass and Renaud Capuçon’s Life Lessons.