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BBC Music Magazine Christmas 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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this month’s contributors

Horatio Clare Author and broadcaster ‘Having pursued JS Bach across the German countryside, I now sense him nearby, sometimes in the way I think of Coleridge and Shelley: immortals who were once 20 years old, and very much like you and me.’ Toby Young Composer ‘The sense of joy and community that Christmas always brings has this year inspired me to write The Owl, a brand new carol for the readers of BBC Music Magazine. I’d love to hear what you think of it.’ Oz Clarke TV wine expert and writer ‘It is surely one of those eternal truths that good wine tastes better when listening to good music and your favourite music makes you even happier when drinking your favourite wine. Just do it!.’…

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For a composer who never stepped outside Germany, Bach’s music incorporates a surprising variety of European styles, from the French tierce en taille to the Italian concerto grosso. Part of Bach’s richness can be explained by his study of the music in his personal library, which housed volumes by De Grigny, Raison, Frescobaldi and Pachelbel, among many others. But also scores by Dietrich Buxtehude. On p38, Horatio Clare retraces Bach’s 250-mile pilgrimage from Arnstadt to Lübeck in order to hear Buxtehude. The tale is a familiar one, although it’s not widely known that Bach spent three months in the north German city. So what might he have learnt from the Dutch master? Buxtehude was a fine all-rounder – a composer of exquisite cantatas, sonatas, oratorios and an impressive body of organ…

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letter of the month

A Babi Yar to remember Reading your item on calamitous cancellations (December issue) brought back to me the following sweet memory. In April 2005, we attended a matinee at the Concertgebouw. The main piece was Shostakovich’s ‘Babi Yar’ Symphony performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Mark Wigglesworth. At the entrance, we were informed that the bass soloist, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, had fallen ill; a replacement was flying in from Switzerland. During the extended interval, it transpired that this replacement could not sing the symphony in the way that Mark Wigglesworth and orchestra had rehearsed it, so in his place the Dutch baritone Henk Smit eventually sang the part. He gave a wonderful and exciting rendering, despite a mobile phone ringing during the performance. Afterwards it transpired that Smit had almost literally been…

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have your say…

Life is but a stream I was pleased to see that you have given extensive coverage to music streaming services in the December issue. I subscribe to two of the services you like. I do think Qobuz is the comfortable (audio) winner at the moment, and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall is also excellent. A mindset change is required to get the most out of streaming. I may have hundreds of CDs on my shelves, but not much pleasure in their presence any more - as I can listen to almost anything I want whenever I want through a streaming service, I’m afraid I now look on ownership of the physical medium as a bit like stamp collecting. However, I do recognise that the methodology for rewarding artists for their efforts…

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social gathering

In December, we asked you whether you believe streaming is the way forward for classical music, or if CDs are here to stay. Here are some of your replies: Streaming is like borrowing from a library, a bought CD is mine to keep forever. Both have their place. Jenny D (@J3nesis) Both. Provided the CDs still play, they’ll be used. I still use LPs occasionally. If I need content, I’m flexible with regard to medium. Ryan Ross (@RMRoss17) Streaming also means bad sound, very limited choice, no contextualisation of any kind, no respect for the work of the artist. I still buy CDs when I want to listen to music. Isabel Pato I’d like to think CDs were here for a while. don’t like I the idea of streaming, I like to have a physical album I can…

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bbc radio 2 young choristers crowned

A touch of Baroque proved the formula for success at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition, which has been won by Raphael Bellamy Plaice and Ischia Gooda. In the grand final, which was this year staged at the BBC Philharmonic Studios at Media City in Salford, the two singers were placed first in the boys’ and girls’ categories after wowing the judges with performances of impressive vocal control and musicality. Each took home a trophy on the evening and will also see their efforts further rewarded with the opportunity to appear in various BBC programmes over the year. ‘The performances from all the young singers in the final were wonderful’ Bellamy Plaice, a former head chorister of Chichester Cathedral who is now at Lancing College in Sussex,…