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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2019

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

Paul Riley Writer and journalist ‘Accompanied by wheezy village organ or crack period band, sung by a handful of seasoned pros or a cast of hundreds, nothing says “Christmas” quite like Handel’s Messiah. There’s quite a story to be unwrapped!’ Page 28 Owain Park Composer and conductor ‘I was thrilled to be asked to write this year’s BBC Music Magazine carol, and hope that choirs everywhere will relish singing my setting of Frances Chesterton’s beautiful poem Here is the little door.’ Page 42 David Nice Writer and journalist ‘Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical exotica were my way into the Russian fantastical. Only later did I discover how much his mentor Balakirev shaped his imagination, and how bold his own handful of masterpieces are.’ Page 66…

1 min.
welcome

It’s that time of year when choir directors are scrabbling around for new, exciting and, crucially, technically accessible carols for their Christmas services and concerts. Well, once again, allow us to help! For the past few years, we’ve commissioned a new carol from an exciting young composer, and this year we’ve asked Owain Park to add to our swelling portfolio. The result is a beautiful setting of Frances Chesterton’s Here is the little door (see p42) which we hope will find its way into a few orders of service across the world. You can hear two previous and very different commissions on this month’s cover disc, sung wonderfully by the choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford: Dobrinka Tabakova’s sparkling Good-will to men and peace on Earth and Toby Young’s atmospheric…

1 min.
bbc music magazine

EDITORIAL Editor Oliver Condy Boring or pompous programme notes Deputy editor Jeremy Pound People who leave without applauding Managing editor Rebecca Franks Audience members chewing gum Reviews editor Michael Beek Concert intervals Editorial assistant Freya Parr Intolerant audience members Cover CD editor Alice Pearson Unnecessary coughing Listings editor Paul Riley Mobile phones Art editor Dav Ludford Designer Liam McAuley Picture editor Sarah Kennett Thanks to Daniel Jaffé; Gareth Thomas; Emilie Edelenbos; Claire Jackson MARKETING Subscriptions director Jacky Perales-Morris Direct marketing executive Craig Ramsay ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Director Mark Reen +44 (0)117 300 8810 Advertisement manager Louise Dunn +44 (0)117 300 8813 Sales and partnership manager Rebecca O’Connell +44 (0)117 300 8814 Senior account manager Rebecca Yirrell +44 (0)117 300 8811 Senior brand sales executives Katie Gibbons +44 (0)117 300 8812 James McMahon +44 (0)117 300 8757 Brand sales executive Beth Gregory +44 (0)117 300 8545 Classified sales executive Baylee Sowter-Halling +44 (0)117…

1 min.
letter of the month

Critical points I’d like to respond to Richard Morrison’s objections to the new English National Opera (ENO) policy of only giving critics one ticket and offering a scheme to open the door to a new generation (November). Maybe some critics might benefit from slumming it with the hoi polloi once in a while. Yes, they are reviewing the whole eperience, but if a critic’s rider is not met, can we be sure that their commentary is then going to be fair and relevant? Educated reviews have value, but showy, obscure references annoy more people than they impress, and it seems like years of exposure can wilt the joy of being in the audience. Why shouldn’t a new generation get involved? Everyone has to start somewhere. A disappointingly traditional production for some…

4 min.
have your say…

Grave concerns In response to your interesting 50 Greatest Composers list (December), I note that 22 out of 50 are either still alive or have died since 1950. This reminds me of a recent BBC Radio 3 Music Matters broadcast, in which conductor-composer Odaline de la Martinez remarked that composers can be very easily forgotten after they die unless there is an admirer to champion and promote their oeuvre. For example, I would think Dvorák might merit a special place given his significant advance of Czech music, while his countryman Janácek is seen by many as difficult and limited largely to the opera house. But recently he was brought brilliantly to our notice by conductor Charles Mackerras. Do we really judge composers’ music on merit or just because they are in…

2 min.
violinist reunited with £250,000 instrument

A British violinist has an extra reason to celebrate Christmas after recovering a 310-year-old instrument he thought he’d lost for good. Stephen Morris feared the worst when, having left his £250,000 Tecchler violin on a train, he learnt that it had then been stolen. Online appeals and press coverage, however, soon led to a covert meeting in a car park in which the prized possession was handed back to him. ‘I was gobsmacked by the coverage my story got; it really went viral,’ Morris tells BBC Music Magazine. ‘It’s hard to know precisely, but I would say that the huge media attention must have helped because the guy’s image was everywhere. That must have put some pressure on him to return it, I would have thought.’ The valuable Tecchler was handed back…