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BBC Music Magazine

November 2021

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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No sooner does one worldclass pianist celebrate his 60th birthday than three come along at once. During the time that we have been working on this issue of BBC Music, Marc-André Hamelin (5 September) and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (7 September) have reached three-score years, and will be joined on 22 November by Stephen Hough. We are, of course, delighted to raise a glass to this trio of players, whose brilliance at the keyboard is matched by their eloquence and intelligence in interview – as Hough demonstrates amply in his conversation with Jessica Duchen on p26. When Leoncavallo’s largely neglected opera Zingari reached its 60th anniversary in 1972, I doubt even a single party popper was pulled. However, as George Hall reports on p46, this Pushkin-inspired tale of love and deceit is now…

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this month’s contributors

Jessica Duchen Author and journalist ‘What a delight that my first face-to-face interview since the pandemic began was with the great Stephen Hough. He speaks the same way he plays: insights galore, without one dull note or word.’ Page 26 Rebecca Franks Classical music journalist ‘After falling ill with Covid myself, I was particularly fascinated to find out how opera has been helping people recover from the virus. It’s been wonderful to explore English National Opera’s Breathe programme.’ Page 38 Kate Bolton-Porciatti Academic and journalist ‘Exploring the works of Josquin Desprez transports one into a world of abstract beauty, where music is – to borrow the words of Galileo Galilei – “written in the language of mathematics”.’ Page 60…

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letter of the month

The genius of Giulini I was disappointed when reading your October travel piece on Chicago that there was no mention of Carlo Maria Giulini who, as principal guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, shared nine years in tandem with Georg Solti. To my mind, Giulini is the greater conductor and his performances with the Chicago orchestra were greatly appreciated by its players; this is made clear by Thomas D Saler in his biography, Serving Genius. In his later years, Giulini’s performances, especially on record, were no match for his work with the Philharmonia in the 1950s and ’60s, but they still have much to offer. Giulini was not an attention seeker and so, unlike other brasher personalities, he has not retained a reputation. I have a great many of his…

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have your say…

Write to: The editor, BBC Music Magazine, Eagle House, Bristol, BS1 4ST Email: music@classical-music.com Social media: contact us on Facebook and Twitter A big hitter I first met Ruth Gipps (Composer of the Month, August) when she delivered some horn music to my home – I was most impressed that she was driving a white Triumph TR drophead sports car. I saw her some years later when I went to a performance by the Purley Philharmonic Orchestra and others in deepest South London suburbia. There was a familiar figure in the percussion section, and so I made enquiries. Ruth told me that she had had a long and successful career, as your excellent article set out, but there was one unfulfilled ambition: to knock the heck out of a big bass drum in…

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radio 3 goes for baroque with new scheme

Our pick of the month’s news, views and interviews Ensemble Molière has been named as the very first New Generation Baroque Ensemble in a new scheme launched by BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) and the Royal College of Music (RCM). The project aims to support groups who specialise in Baroque music and are in the early stages of their careers, with residencies at the NCEM and RCM and opportunities to perform on Radio 3 and at the NCEM’s festivals in Beverley and York. Radio 3’s Early Music Show will broadcast regular performances, plus updates and features about the group. Chosen through a ‘non-competitive process’, the London-based ensemble, named after the 17th-century French poet and playwright, is known for its distinctive combination of historic instruments. Its players –…

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budapest performance gets a shot in the arm…

Don’t ever let it be said that Iván Fischer hasn’t done his bit to promote vaccination against Covid-19. Without missing a beat, the conductor took off his jacket mid-Gershwin during an open-air concert in Budapest and, with a hole already cut in his shirt sleeve, received his third jab. Several members of Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) also took Covid-19 tests while on stage. ‘Iván Fischer wants to further raise awareness of the need for vaccination,’ explained the BFO’s managing director, Orsolya Erdodi. ‘Vaccination can give us the chance to live and work a normal life again, just as we did before.’ At the time of going to press, around 55 per cent of Hungary’s population has been fully vaccinated.…