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BBC Music MagazineBBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine June 2019

BBC Music Magazine is a must for anyone with a passion for classical music. Classical music connoisseurs and new enthusiast alike will enjoy the fascinating features and reviews of over 120 new works in every issue. Please Note: Our digital edition does not include the cover mount items or supplements you would normally find with printed copies

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United Kingdom
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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this month’s contributors

Jessica Duchen Writer and journalist ‘Clara Schumann’s bicentenary has at last brought her out from her husband’s shadow. I’ve loved delving into the life and work of the prodigy, pianist, composer, mentor, mother, muse and all-round powerhouse.’ Christopher Cook Writer and broadcaster ‘If Offenbach gave the cancan its musical pedigree, how did this wild dance-hall dance metamorphose in less than a century into a choreographed extravaganza and the essence of Parisian sex? Isha Ranchod Writer and journalist ‘When I first saw a production by the South African organisation Umculo, all of my expectations of opera and musical theatre were blown out the window. I was so proud of my South African heritage.’…

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welcome

The Notre Dame fire could have been so much worse. Its structure appears to have been made safe, much of its medieval stained glass withstood the searing heat and the Cavaillé-Coll organ has somehow emerged unscathed, cocooned as it was within a colossal stone arch. It was hard to believe, watching the fire take hold live online, that anything would be left of this magnificent cathedral. Some of my best musical experiences have taken place there. In 1996, as a fresh-faced 21 year-old (with hair), I played the orgue de choeur for the Armistice Day service. Notre Dame was packed; I was suitably jelly-legged. There haven’t been any reports on the fate of the choir organ, incidentally – located just by the transept, it probably bore the brunt of falling…

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bbc music magazine

Subscriptions £64.87 (UK); £65 (Europe); £74 (Rest of World) ABC Reg No. 3122 EDITORIAL Plus a female composer whose music we believe deserves to be better known Editor Oliver Condy Claude Arrieu (1903-90) Deputy editor Jeremy Pound Augusta Holmès (1847-1903) Managing editor Rebecca Franks Louise Farrenc (1804-75) Reviews editor Michael Beek Laura Karpman (b1959) Editorial assistant Freya Parr Charlotte Bray (b1982) Cover CD editor Alice Pearson Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) Listings editor Paul Riley Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-69) Art editor Dav Ludford Designer Liam McAuley Picture editor Sarah Kennett Thanks to Daniel Jaffé; Annie Cox; Elisabet Dijkstra; Rob Fletcher MARKETING Subscriptions director Jacky Perales-Morris Direct marketing executive Craig Ramsay ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Director Mark Reen +44 (0)117 300 8810 Advertisement manager Louise Dunn +44 (0)117 300 8813 Sales and partnership manager Rebecca O’Connell +44 (0)117 300 8814 Senior account manager Rebecca Yirrell +44 (0)117 300 8811 Senior brand sales executives Katie Gibbons +44 (0)117 300 8812 James McMahon +44 (0)117 300…

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letter of the month

Complete Berlioz? Not quite… It looks as though the sesquicentenary of Berlioz’s death will pass without a recording of the last remaining piece of the Berlioz puzzle. The Hector Berlioz Complete Works on Warner Classics actually omitted a few of his minor works and one major work: the unfinished opera Les francs-juges, which he worked on from 1826-29. According to the Hector Berlioz website (www.hberlioz.com), at least a half-hour’s worth of fragments from this work survive, and were put into performable condition and broadcast by the BBC in 1970, but that recording remains in the BBC vault. The Warner box included the world premiere recording of music from Berlioz’s other incomplete opera, La nonne sanglante, so I was surprised at the nonappearance of Les francsjuges. Is there someone at the BBC…

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have your say…

Vintage Brahms I enjoyed Stephen Johnson’s Building a Library article about the various recordings of Brahms Clarinet Quintet (May issue) and it gave me much food for thought. It made me listen yet again to this exquisite piece, so I picked out my 1962 LP of the work recorded by members of the Vienna Octet with Alfred Boskovsky playing the clarinet. It is a wonderful recording and a very cherished LP – and there were no scratches on it! At the end there is a bonus with the Adagio for Clarinet and String Quintet attributed to Wagner. So, thank you to Stephen Johnson for re-awakening my interest this sublime work. Brian D Freestone, Brent Knoll Welcome repeat Stephen Johnson’s Building a Library survey of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet recordings reminded me of an occasion in…

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royal opera house loses hearing damage appeal

The Royal Opera House (ROH) is facing a payout of well over £750,000 in compensation and legal fees after failing in its appeal to overturn a landmark High Court ruling concerning hearing damage suffered by one of its violists. In the long term, the case could have a significant impact on how orchestras and opera houses will have to take steps to protect the health of their players. Christopher Goldscheider, a violist at Covent Garden since 2002, sued the ROH after he suffered acoustic shock during a rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walküre in September 2012. Sitting directly in front of the brass section, he endured noise exceeding 130 decibels – a level similar to that of a jet engine and greater than that of a pneumatic drill. His injuries meant that,…

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