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BBC Music Magazine August 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

in this issue

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this month’s contributors

Michael White Critic and writer ‘The Proms are about music, but also about people; and confined by lockdown, it’s been therapeutic to spend time – in imagination – with the people in this piece. I’d embrace them all if social distancing allowed.’ Chris de Souza Broadcaster and writer ‘I’m fascinated by the role that Czerny, friend of Beethoven and teacher of Liszt, played in the evolution from the Classical to the Romantic aesthetic. There’s much fascinating music too, not necessarily all for piano.’ Natasha Loges Academic, critic and writer ‘Brahms’s Requiem can feel dauntingly vast and complex, especially if you’re in the choir! But I’ve also been reminded that it’s a deeply moving testament of personal and collective grieving – and healing.’…

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Well, for the first time, you know as much about this year’s BBC Proms as I do. As we go to press, Proms controller David Pickard and his team are still busy deciding which archive concerts to broadcast and, depending on the ever-changing government guidelines, second-guessing whether any sort of live performance will be possible in the final weeks of the season. All very complicated. So for that very reason, we’re unable to bring you listings as we usually would. Fear not, however – as soon as we get the nod, we’ll be posting full details on our website at www. classical-music.com. And we hope to preview some of the live elements (should there be any) in next month’s issue. Among the Proms we had been looking forward to is one…

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letter of the month

Music for difficult times Here is a keyworker point of view on music choices in corona times. When enclosed in PPE in a COVID-19 lab for hours, my memory is my source of musical therapy. Having spent the last 20 years in amateur orchestras, there is quite an array of music floating around in my head. I keep coming back to Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, particularly the contrast between the third and fourth movements. The theme opening that heart-wrenching fourth movement is a composite of notes contributed to by different sections – no single instrument has the whole melody. On a tiring day in the lab, it occurred to me that our contribution to the effort is much like this – only when combined with the work of others does it make…

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have your say…

Crystal clear I was fascinated by your July issue A Manns for All Seasons article, documenting the life and work of August Manns at Crystal Palace. My first visit to the site was one misty Sunday morning in November 1990 and I was astonished by its size – even the railway station was magnificent! I wondered what the acoustic was like with such a large building and so much glass in its construction – are there recordings of August Mann conducting his orchestra or of later recordings from the 1920s and 1930s? Perhaps it was the misty morning but the whole feeling was one of melancholy. But there was a better feeling when I stumbled across the prehistoric statues of dinosaurs – not music, but it gave the feeling of joyousness…

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domingo hindoyan named as rlpo chief conductor

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) has announced that Domingo Hindoyan is to be its next chief conductor. The 40-year-old Venezuelan will begin his new role on Merseyside at the beginning of the 2021-22 season, taking over from Vasily Petrenko, who will become the orchestra’s conductor laureate. Currently the principal guest conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hindoyan started his musical career as a violinist within Venezuela’s El Sistema music education network. He first turned his attention to conducting while studying at the Haute École de Musique de Genève in Switzerland and, from 2013-16, was assistant to Daniel Barenboim at Berlin’s Deutsche Staatsoper. His appointment in Liverpool will make him the latest in a line of El Sistema alumni to take up significant conducting posts worldwide, joining the likes…

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saying it with flowers, lockdown-style

The classical music world has been nothing if not inventive in finding ways to keep concert life as normal as possible in these socially distanced times. In Bochum, Germany, even the tradition of presenting post-concert flowers has been taken into consideration, as Rudolf Buchbinder discovered to his delight after his recent recital at the Klavierfestival Ruhr (below). There was greenery aplenty on show, too, at the Uceli Quartet’s concert at Barcelona’s Liceu on 22 June when, to celebrate the famous opera house’s livestreamed re-opening recital, management filled each of the 2,292 seats with a pot plant. The programme included, aptly, Puccini’s Chrysanthemums.…