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BBC Music Magazine June 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
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

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this month’s contributors

Malcolm Hayes Critic, writer and composer ‘Judith Weir’s success as one of our leading composers goes back 40 years now. It’s been a pleasure recalling the impact that her rare talent made then, and surveying the range of her achievements ever since.’ Daniel Jaffé Writer and critic ‘It has been wonderful to rediscover Britten’s Young Person’s Guide and the sheer fun that lies beyond its grandiose opening – like cracking the surface of a crème brûlée to get to its delicious heart.’ Page 64 Amanda Holloway Music journalist ‘Tenor Allan Clayton’s schedule came to a halt in March so we had a relaxed hour on the phone, punctuated by the thud of a football (he’s a Liverpool supporter) and snatches of his favourite Schumann songs.’ Page 106…

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It’s that time of year when we should have been at Kings Place in London, announcing the winners of this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards. But ceremony or not, there’s still much to enjoy and relish in this year’s superb recordings from the Gabrieli Consort’s life-affirming Purcell to pianist Andrey Gugnin’s gripping Shostakovich. Our awards have come at a time when celebrating our wonderful musicians feels more important than ever. My feature on the Edington Festival (p54), for instance, was originally intended to coincide with the run-up to its 65th edition this August. Like most summer events, plans have been tentatively made, although we simply have no idea when concert-going will return to anything approaching normality. But it’s a day we’re looking forward to so much. In the meantime, for those of…

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letter of the month

Further explorations Like many of your readers, I’ve had the time in these COVID-19 days to dig into my CD collection and find a number of jewels I had forgotten about. While walking my dog this afternoon I was listening to Stephen Hough’s recording of Hummel’s Piano Concertos in B minor and A minor. These are true virtuoso pieces which I would have thought would appeal to many of today’s brilliant pianists. Hummel is, of course, one of the myriad under-estimated composers from every century. Your cover CDs do a grand job of revisiting and promoting underestimated composers from recent times, such as Villa-Lobos or Ivor Gurney, so could I make a plea that you do the same for some of those from previous centuries? In this Beethoven year you could have,…

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have your say…

Calming Bach In a recent BBC Music Magazine newsletter, you asked for recommendations of music to help people through difficult times. I find JS Bach always helps calm me down in situations such as this pandemic. I have long felt that I would like to own a complete recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier, so a few days ago I decided that now would be a good time to buy a set – I find there is something timeless and ethereal about these pieces that transcends current fears and concerns. After a little research and listening to sample tracks, I fixed on Angela Hewitt’s earlier recordings, and eagerly await the arrival of the four-CD set. Interestingly, there is an excellent article on Hewitt in the April issue of the magazine. I now…

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for classical music, home is where the heart is

The coronavirus lockdown may have brought life in general to a standstill, but the musical world has been anything but inactive. Across the globe, singers and instrumentalists alike have continued to wow audiences with performances filmed at home and broadcast over the internet. Radio, too, has carried on undaunted – though making their way to Broadcasting House is off-limits, Radio 3 presenters are instead working their magic from their own homes. Here, we present a range of photos of the music world still in action. BUNDESPRESSEAMT/JESCO DENZEL, RUBY JOHNSTON THOMAS…

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sound bites

Oven excellent idea… With so many musicians out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak, never has the Help Musicians UK charity been so vital. To raise funds for it, mezzo Jennifer Johnston has invited friends from the music world to help her compile an online cookbook. Recipes in Notes From Musicians’ Kitchens range from conductor Nathalie Stutzmann’s quiche Lorraine and percussionist Colin Currie’s Stornoway black pudding risotto to pianist Stephen Hough’s porridge (with Smarties!), all for a subscription of just £10. See www.notesfrommusicianskitchens.com Thank-you notes Looking further forward, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (cbso.co.uk) has announced that once life returns to normal, it will be making 5,000 concert tickets free for NHS workers by way of a thank you. Similarly, St John’s Smith Square has launched a ‘Pay it forward’ campaign…