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BBC Music Magazine February 2018

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

Brian Kay Broadcaster and writer ‘As a founder member of the King’s Singers back in the 1960s, it was a huge pleasure to talk to the current generation about their continuing success, still delighting global audiences 50 years on.’ Page 24 Terry Blain Writer and critic ‘A Christmas spent listening to Tallis’s Lamentations could have been depressing. Instead it was a reminder of deeper, spiritual values at a time of year that can seem brainlessly frivolous and materialistic.’ Page 70 Amanda Holloway Music journalist ‘In a particularly busy period, Alison Balsom happily made time to talk to me about music that ignited her passion for the trumpet, and how she wants to kindle that excitement in new audiences.’ Page 118…

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For those not used to it, learning music by heart is a daunting and long process involving hours of hard slog (see our feature on p42). But is it worth it? The choir I sing in here in Bristol was recently asked to perform Howells’s Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing by memory – the subsequent hours (days) spent listening, repeating and cursing drove almost all of us to drink. And yet that slog did, indeed, pay off, Howells’s music gaining an immediacy and new-found energy. For musicians that face their audiences, playing without music is surely a must – how many times, for instance, have you sat near the front of a concert hall, only to have the soloist’s entire body obscured by a music stand? That said, no one…

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letter of the month

Beethoven’s Hammer-lite Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata (Building a Library, January), has an interesting side story to it. The sonata was published in London in December 1819, within three months of its publication in Vienna, but saw the light of day in a rather truncated form in England. Here, the Grand Sonata for the Pianoforte consisted of the first three movements only, with the fast movements surrounding the Adagio. It didn’t bear an opus number, nor a dedication. The finale was published at the same time as Introduction and Fugue for the Pianoforte, without any reference to the other publication whatsoever. Did Beethoven protest? No. It was the composer himself who thought the work might be too difficult for the English public. He authorised the publisher to cut the work – in the…

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have your say…

Military woes As a former head of woodwind studies at two royal conservatoires, it was with dismay that I read the news concerning the potential diminishing of military bands in the UK (Comment, January). We cannot, of course, defend nor justify their existence just on tradition and an employment opportunity for young musicians. Both these maybe true, but the musical standard achieved in all of the bands is also extremely high, the services they provide are many, and all set a real example for musicians worldwide. What the bands display in terms of discipline, culture and morale-boosting support for other parts of our military services is widely recognised. Many of them go abroad as medical auxiliaries to provide a vital cog in our activities overseas, and at home play at many…

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orchestras cut ties with conductor charles dutoit

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has suspended performances by its artistic director and principal conductor Charles Dutoit in the light of allegations of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement, the London ensemble said it had released Dutoit ‘from his forthcoming concert obligations for the immediate future.’ The Swiss conductor has been accused of sexual assault by three opera singers and another musician, who gave separate interviews with The Associated Press providing details of the incidents they say occurred between 1985 and 2010. The women include mezzo Paula Rasmussen and soprano Sylvia McNair. Another, who preferred to remain anonymous, said Dutoit had attacked her on four occasions while she was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In a statement, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association has confirmed that it ‘has discontinued its affiliation with Charles Dutoit and removed…

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rising stars

Ella van Poucke cellist Born: Amsterdam, the Netherlands Career highlight: It’s difficult to say. I have enjoyed so many projects in different ways, one of them being my debut with the HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt and maestro Christoph Eschenbach conducting. Musical hero: One of them is pianist András Schiff. I’ve been lucky to work and play with him and hear him in concert on many occasions. His knowledge and presence when teaching and performing have inspired me a lot. The way he plays Bach is exceptional. Dream concert: Playing Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 131 with a quartet formed of amazing players in one of Europe’s great halls. Ben Goldscheider horn player Born: London, UK Career highlight: Being part of BBC Young Musician was remarkable; to get to the final and experience that atmosphere was astounding. And my debut in…