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BBC Music Magazine

November 2020

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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13 Issues

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1 min.
this month’s contributors

Naomi André Professor and author ‘I have been a fan of Jessye Norman since hearing her sing many times at the Metropolitan Opera in the late 1980s, and researching my article has given me an even deeper connection to her.’ Page 26 Angus McPherson Critic and arts writer ‘Evocations of fire and the natural world are just some of the threads that weave through the output of Australia’s composers. One of the pleasures of examining their music is hearing its incredible variety.’ Page 42 Alexandra Wilson Academic, author and critic ‘In this joyless period without live opera, it’s been something of a delight to immerse myself in so many recordings of Puccini’s Tosca . I can’t wait for that moment when we get to see it again on stage.’ Page 62…

1 min.
welcome

Until recently, the name of Florence Price was alien to most concert goers. If we wanted to hear the musical voice of 20th-century America, we’d turn to Copland, Gershwin, Barber, Ives and handful of other men. But happily the world has changed, and with it our musical horizons have been widened to include other, different voices that have contributed to the US’s musical development. The passing years have seen a growing appreciation of the music of Amy Beach, for instance, and this month our cover CD turns its gaze towards major orchestral works by Florence Price – a brilliant composer whose music is a synthesis of Dvorák-ian late-Romanticism, spirituals and America’s emerging jazz age. As we celebrate Black History Month, I sincerely hope her rarely heard (if heard at all)…

1 min.
letter of the month

A Bartók conversion Do other listeners share the experience of being completely baffled by a piece of music at first hearing, wondering if they could ever follow it, let alone like it, then after an interval hearing it again and finding it made sense and spoke to them? This was my experience of Bartók. At school I had the good fortune to have the composer and (later) broadcaster Christopher Headington as one of my music teachers. Sensing the rare chance of a borrowed record player and a bit of privacy to listen, I once asked him what I should try and he sent me away with the old Vegh Quartet LP of the last two Bartók quartets and the scores. I had lost the place and all comprehension by the end…

4 min.
have your say…

Béla vista I read, with great interest, Jessica Duchen’s The Gentle Giant feature about Bartók. I fully agree with her that the time has come to celebrate Bartók’s achievements as a scientist, pianist and composer. However, the photo captioned ‘the composer with his son Béla in the US in 1942’ was in fact taken in their garden in Rákoskeresztúr – a suburb of Budapest – in 1916, when Béla junior was about six years old. Béla Szebenyi, Grimsby Haendel with care I was saddened to read of the death of violinist Ida Haendel (September). I was fortunate to have heard some of her performances, but there is one I have never forgotten – perhaps for the wrong reasons. I was looking forward to a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Haendel and a…

1 min.
the queen’s medal

The full list of honourees 2005 Charles Mackerras 2006 Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) 2007 Judith Weir (composer) 2008 Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian piper) 2009 Colin Davis (conductor) 2010 Emma Kirkby (soprano) 2011 Nicholas Daniel (oboist) 2012 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2013 Thomas Allen (baritone) 2014 Simon Halsey (conductor) 2015 Oliver Knussen (composer/conductor) 2016 Nicola Benedetti (violinist) 2017 Thea Musgrave (composer, above) 2018 Gary Crosby (double-bassist) 2019 Imogen Cooper (pianist)…

2 min.
imogen cooper awarded queen’s medal for music

Imogen Cooper has been named as the recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music 2019. In accepting the honour which, says the Buckingham Palace citation, is ‘awarded annually to an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation’, Cooper follows the likes of bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, violinist Nicola Benedetti and composer Oliver Knussen. She is the first pianist to receive the award. Now 71, the London-born Cooper has been a hugely respected figure on the concert stage for more than five decades, noted particularly for her immaculately refined performances of 19th-century composers such as Schubert, Schumann and Chopin. Last year, she added Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations plus Iberia y Francia, a recital of works by composers including Falla and Debussy, to…