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BBC Music MagazineBBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

February 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
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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this month’s contributors

Freya Parr Editorial assistant, BBC Music ‘Milein Cosman’s portraits of 20th-century musical figures are a rare snapshot into their personalities. Her vast collection is a treat and an exciting acquisition for the Royal College of Music.’ Page 48 Mark Valencia Critic and writer ‘I had loved the music of Mozart’s operas for many years before I learnt to appreciate their dramatic brilliance too. Three viewings of Peter Brook’s stripped-back Don Giovanni in the ’90s proved revelatory.’ Page 66 Francis Pott Composer and pianist ‘You grow out of some composers, but into others. My awakening to Nielsen’s Fourth was Martinon’s 1974 recording. I’ve loved it ever since and Nielsen has been a major influence on my own composing.’ Page 72 ■…

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welcome

‘E major, second inversion, please’. Those words are still enough to bring me out in hives. Music exams (see our feature on p52) are a cruel business at the best of times but, goodness, they seemed Dickensian in my day. ‘Don’t forget to scowl’ was probably one of the examiners’ guidelines, and the lady who shouted ‘Bravo!’ after one of my Grade 5 violin pieces may never have worked again. But I still look back with fondness and gratitude for a system that moved me, step-by-step, towards the lofty heights of Grade 8 and with it the confidence to call myself a musician.Actually, I do hope the Associated Board and Trinity in recent years haven’t grown too cosy towards their candidates. People respond in all sorts of different ways…

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letter of the month

The joy of Roy: Harris teaching music students in New York in 1940 (GETTY) A very American yearIn the editor’s Welcome letter in the January issue, you asked readers for their musical highlights of 2018. American music featured strongly for me. Almost all of the five BBC Proms I attended included music by Leonard Bernstein, and the performance of West Side Story was outstanding. Hearing his music spurred me into digging out from my CD collection – and enjoying again – some fine recordings of other American composers music which Bernstein recorded with the New York Philharmonic, not least Schuman’s Third Symphony, Diamond’s Fourth Symphony and Roy Harris’s Third, which has long been a great favourite of mine. Harris’s Violin Concerto has recently been recorded by Tamsin Waley-Cohen and…

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have your say…

Proms pleasureMy highlight of 2018 was my first visit to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, where we heard violinist and conductor Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields perform Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Bridge and Beethoven. Our seats were at the top of the hall so the view was wonderful, enabling us to take in the surrounding architecture. In the interval, we had a nice surprise. We went downstairs to the foyer to get some air and cellist Steven Isserlis was there. We had a lovely chat with him before going back for the second half. Judith Harris, Leeds The joys of no SpringI received January’s magazine and cover CD with some trepidation. I volunteer for an organisation giving advice and help to people…

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nicola benedetti leads way in new year honours

Honoured to teach: Nicola Benedetti tutors in Stirling, Scotland in 2017 Nicola Benedetti’s commitment to championing classical music and making it accessible to all has been recognised with the award of a CBE in the New Year Honours List for 2019. The Ayrshire-born violinist, 31, received the honour at the end of a year in which, alongside continuing her career as a concert soloist around the world, she also spearheaded the drive to improve musical education both in her Scottish homeland and beyond.As well as taking over as president of the European String Teachers Association in 2018, Benedetti has involved herself in organisations such as Sistema Scotland, the National Children’s Orchestra and the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, leading workshops and masterclasses, visiting schools and acting as a spokesperson.…

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no whining as well-bred choir marks leonardo 500

Notable anniversaries to fall in 2019 will include the 500th of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. To mark the occasion, the ever-inventive I Fagiolini choir and its director Robert Hollingworth will be embarking on a ‘Shaping the Invisible’ concert tour that, as befits such a preeminent polymath, will combine aural and visual elements. And what better way to promote the tour than to get together for a group photo inspired by Leonardo’s Table for 13: I Fagiolini gets set for a musical feast The Last Supper (below)? As with all great art, however, what the eye sees only tells part of the story. We understand that, for instance, since the shot was taken, baritone Greg ‘Peter’ Skidmore (fifth from left) has three times denied any recollection…

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