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BBC Music Magazine May 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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
this month’s contributors

Kate Molleson Broadcaster and journalist ‘I was apprehensive to meet the woman who floats so celestially in Abrahamsen, cuts so laser-sharp in Benjamin and does S&M Ligeti with alarming finesse. Was Barbara Hannigan scary in person? Nah – she was lovely.’ Page 34 Oliver Craske Writer and editor ‘I knew Ravi Shankar well, but while researching his biography after he died I was frequently startled to discover just how much he accomplished and how widely he ranged. He cropped up everywhere.’ Page 38 Jeremy Pound BBC Music’s deputy editor ‘Few ensembles project as much joie-de-vivre from the stage as do Cuba’s all-female Camerata Romeu string orchestra. Having the chance to see them on their Havana home patch was a privilege indeed.’ Page 48…

1 min.
welcome

In the four weeks in March it took to compile this issue, everything changed. One moment we were enjoying concerts or attending rehearsals, the next we were house-bound, struggling to come to terms with this disconcerting new world. Thousands of cancelled concerts, operas and festivals have left the music world reeling, with months of preparation suddenly coming to naught. Many solo musicians, however, have turned to the internet to present free online performances, while the BBC is working to bring as many artists to your radios, TVs, computers and mobiles as it can. We’ll be sharing information of all of these brilliant, innovative ideas with you here (see p12), online at classical-music.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This issue, we’ve removed our live listings pages, but as more concerts appear…

1 min.
letter of the month

Sound and vision Two pairs of BBC Four programmes recently made me think about music associated with other art forms. The first was the wonderful production of the ballet Mayerling, with superb lighting, costumes and, above all, dancing. For me, Liszt’s contribution became merely background music, yet I know from past experience that his music stands alone, brilliant in its own right. This programme was followed by a BBC Prom featuring John Williams’s music for films, but here heard alone. Having seen some of the films and found his background music appropriate, hearing the music by itself was interesting but disappointing. The next double bill started with a documentary on the making of West Side Story in which Bernstein’s music is, of course, irresistible. On this occasion the Prom that followed was…

4 min.
have your say…

Beethoven beaten Like many of your readers, I suspect, I was inspired by the BBC Sports Relief’s recent ‘Beat Beethoven’ run to have a go myself. In my mid-fifties I may be, but there’s plenty of life left in these legs of mine (if, admittedly, a few too many inches around the girth as well). I couldn’t help but notice that on the day the BBC Philharmonic took the music at quite a lick – the conductor must have had a bit of a sadistic streak to him – so I hunted for something a little slower to download and pace my 5km run to. Coming in at almost exactly 35 minutes, Otto Klemperer’s recording with the Philharmonia fitted the bill nicely. Though the landscape round my neck of south Wiltshire…

1 min.
technology helps the show go on

No one had planned for this. In the first half of March, Coronavirus made such swift progress across the world that concert halls and festivals closed their doors in a matter of days. Some orchestras have since replaced their seasons with free streamed concerts, but many have been mothballed and ensembles large and small forced to put rehearsals and plans on ice. But in the cultural gloom, hope has emerged in the form of online, free solo performances given by musicians who, having had their concerts cancelled, have thrilling programmes to share with us all. The results have been universally heartwarming and have proven how important music is to us all in our hours of need. Technology has played a massive part in this – to present a live stream, little more…

1 min.
rising stars

Delyana Lazarova Conductor Born: Plovdiv, Bulgaria Career highlight: Working with the wonderful Hallé orchestra at the Siemens Hallé International Competition this year – and winning! Musical hero: I adore conductor Carlos Kleiber for his incredible musicianship and clarity of expression, and Nadia Boulanger for being the ‘complete musician’ as a composer, conductor and teacher. From the present, though, it would be conductor Kirill Petrenko. Dream concert: Every future performance is my dream concert. I don’t have just one – I have many. Marcin Patrzalek Guitarist Born: Kielce, Poland Career highlight: Despite how experimental my playing is, I’ve still managed to reach a wider, more mainstream audience. My videos online have so far amassed over 120 million views. Musical hero: I’m inspired by Chopin’s originality, Beethoven’s dynamism, Stravinsky’s experimentation and Hans Zimmer’s vision. Dream concert: Sometimes I dream of playing…