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BBC Music Magazine April 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

Natasha Loges Academic and critic ‘This month’s cover CD of Debussy’s and Mozart’s best-loved songs reveals the contrasts and the correspondences between these two towering figures’ approach to artsong.’ Page 26 Roger Nichols Writer and author ‘Writing my article on Debussy’s reception in the UK took me back to Sundays in Paris in the early 1980s, when was I one of the British musicians who would play the piano for Debussy’s stepdaughter Dolly.’ Page 34 Bayan Northcott Music journalist ‘Surveying the many serial masterpieces of the last 100 years, I’m struck anew by the sheer variety of style, expression, form and character that composers have drawn from the technique.’ Page 46…

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I grew up on Debussy’s music – Syrinx for solo flute, played over and over by my brother for Grade whatever; the Golliwogg’s Cake Walk, which used to be Grade 6 piano, but I have a suspicion it’s now been shoved into 7 or even 8. And, of course, the Arabesque No. 1, played by every aspiring teenage pianist. Playing his music was always so much fun – serious music that didn’t seem at all serious, jazz that our music teachers would instantly sanction. And Debussy’s innate skill of writing for the piano meant that everything fell nicely under the fingers. Maximum effect, minimum effort. Of course, I’m not talking about the harder pieces – oh no. But in general, I’ll always see Debussy as one of the most gracious…

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letter of the month

Viennese whirl Reading Brian Wise’s feature about 2001: A Space Odyssey (March), I was surprised that there was no mention made of the probable reason that The Blue Danube Waltz is used. That reason is that it’s a musical joke. The music plays as we see the large circular space station rotating sedately into view. The joke? The music is an allusion to another large, circular, gracefully rotating structure, this being the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna, built 1897, a major landmark which overlooks both the city and the Danube. An ex-colleague, living in Vienna at the time, saw the film when it came out. The moment the space station appeared to a soundtrack of local boy Johann Strauss II, there was a round of laughter and applause. It’s…

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have your say…

Odious comparisons Regarding her String Quartet in E flat, the line ‘Fanny inevitably invited direct comparison with Felix Mendelssohn’ (Building a Library, March) is asking to be queried. It’s traditional (but not unavoidable) to compare the siblings; she was the older, in many ways got there first, and their musical characters are quite different. His Op. 12 String Quartet was written aged 20 in 1829; hers took two movements from her own 1829 Piano Sonata and then (aged 29) she added a new Romanze and whirlwind Finale. To say the ‘thematic materials are closely related’ (to his work) tells us nothing of Fanny’s contribution. Fervent emotional expression is her core quality; and this quartet is among the first significant examples of the genre by a woman. How long will it take…

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big celebrations at the southbank

After two years of refurbishment, the Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) and Purcell Room are set to re-open. On Monday 9 April, the Chineke! orchestra will be welcoming audiences to the iconic Brutalist venues with a concert at the QEH featuring Britten’s The Building of The House overture, Daniel Kidane’s Dream Song and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. It’s a programme that looks both back and forwards – it was Britten who conducted the opening concert when the QEH first opened its doors back in 1967, while Dream Song will be a world premiere. And Chineke! itself has a special association with the venue, having performed its first ever concert there shortly before the builders arrived in 2015. Following the re-opening concert, life gets rapidly back to normal at the two halls, with…

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rising stars

Valentina Peleggi Conductor Born: Florence, Italy Career highlight: My recent appointment as a Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at ENO after two years as conductor-in-residence of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra will be a fantastic opportunity! Musical hero: Conductor Marin Alsop, with whom I had the chance to work in Brazil and at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She is an inspiration for me and for many woman conductors for her honesty, inclusive vision, artistry and ground-breaking ideas. Dream concert: As a kid I fell in love with music after singing Orff’s Carmina Burana conducted by Zubin Mehta. My dream concert could be of any repertoire or in any venue, but it would be the one which touched the hearts of as many people as possible. Tessa Lark Violinist Born: Kentucky, US Career highlight: It was magical to perform…