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BBC Music Magazine August 2017

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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the month in music

ONLINE Let’s Prom again As this issue hits the shelves, the BBC Proms have just started. If you’re unable to keep up with every concert day-by-day, don’t worry. Simply head over to the BBC iPlayer and BBC Proms websites to catch highlights, behind-the-scenes interviews and a good deal more! ON STAGE Tasty Appl German baritone Benjamin Appl clearly has a neat line in ironic timing, choosing to sing Schubert’s chilly Winterreise in the heat of August. But given the prospect of hearing this terrific former Radio 3 New Generation Artist amid the glorious scenery of Lake District Summer Music, we’ll gladly overlook such unseasonality. See p88 ON AIR Auld Reekie awaits As the Edinburgh Festival reaches 70 (here are Peter Pears and Kathleen Ferrier overlooking the city in 1947), Radio 3 is celebrating with…

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this month’s contributors

Helen Wallace Writer and critic ‘Growing up with seven musically-gifted siblings, Sheku Kanneh-Mason thought he was perfectly normal. Happiest performing, but free of ego, this modest, centred musician is anything but. I predict a great future.’ Page 22 Jessica Duchen Author, writer and critic ‘After visiting Bergen, I thought I’d overdosed on Edvard Grieg – but the better I get to know him, the more I find to love. If you think you like his Piano Concerto, just wait until you hear the songs.’ Page 48 Kate Bolton-Porciatti Academic, writer and critic ‘It was Schumann’s “daily bread”, Hans von Bülow’s “Old Testament”, and today it stands as the keyboard player’s Everest: Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. From over 80 years of recordings, we select the most memorable.’ Page 52…

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The winners of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (see pp10 & 11) all, should they so choose, have glittering careers ahead of them. But so do those who didn’t walk off with a prize. It’s very important that runners-up don’t lose heart. It’s all too easy for them to feel a sense of futility – months, sometimes years of preparation ending at the quarter- or semi-finals, with apparently nothing to show for it. And it’s true that voting systems in competitions (I know from one or two bitter jury experiences) can ironically work against the judges’ decisions, point-scoring systems, in some cases, allowing their second choices to rise to the top. It is what it is, as they say. Today’s competitions, however,…

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keep calm and carry on

In the section on Dame Clara Butt in your recent feature on Blue Plaques (June issue) it was stated that London’s theatres and concert halls were closed for the duration of World War Two. This was not the case. Although entertainment venues were closed initially, they soon returned to business as usual. In fact, it was when the Queen’s Hall was destroyed the night following a concert in an air raid during the London Blitz that the Proms were first transferred to the Royal Albert Hall. They continued there until about three weeks into the 1944 season when they were suspended due to the Doodlebug attacks. During the war the gallery was closed and the cheapest seats were located in a block at the rear of the arena. They had…

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WHERE’S BEECHAM? Reading the June issue, I was surprised not to see the name of my late husband in the list of musicians who have been commemorated with Blue Plaques. I, in the company of the then Mayor of Westminster, unveiled a plaque to Sir Thomas at 31 Grove End Road, St John’s Wood, London NW8. The ceremony took place on 29 April 1979 – 100 years since Sir Thomas was born. Shirley, Lady Beecham, Suffolk MAKING A CASE While I agree that there is a need for high quality concert halls in the South West, I disagree with Penny Adie (Letters, July) that Exeter is the right location. The Great Hall at Exeter University already provides a large venue for orchestral concerts. I believe a much better location for a new venue would…

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brit double win at bbc cardiff singer

Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison has become the first British winner in the history of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The 31 year-old’s performances of Rossini, Strauss, Ravel and Purcell secured her the Cardiff trophy and £15,000, presented to her by the competition’s patron, soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Morison’s victory was deemed all the more impressive given her inclusion as the ‘wild card’ finalist, the ‘best of the rest’ singer chosen by the judges to compete alongside the winners of each of the four rounds. The remaining finalists were Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, English soprano Louise Alder, Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang and Anthony Clark Evans, a tenor from the US. Just two days previously, Morison had sung her way to victory in the Song Prize, sharing the trophy and £7,500…