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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine July 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

Katie Derham BBC TV and radio presenter ‘Is there anything as thrilling in the musical year as when the first note of the BBC Proms season introduces two months of superb music-making? Being at the heart of this great event is a real privilege.’ Page 24 Steph Power Writer and academic ‘I’ve lived in Wales nearly 30 years – a third of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s existence. Delving into its history, I’ve marvelled at the passionate commitment it has embodied from the start.’ Page 46 Alfred Brendel Pianist, writer and poet ‘Wanting to share my experiences of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, I discuss some of the problems arising when performing one of the best-loved masterpieces of Romantic piano music.’ Page 56…

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It’s a testament to the power of music, the draw of the 6,000-seater Royal Albert Hall and the party atmosphere that seems to exist at even the more serious concerts, that the BBC Proms have inspired remarkable loyalty from hundreds of people over the years. And I’m not just talking about the Prommers, whose collective chants can be heard during each concert announcing the total amount raised so far for charity. This month, we’ve tracked down some die-hards, the people without whom the Proms simply wouldn’t happen (or at the very least, wouldn’t be heard or seen on the airwaves). Our hardiest Prom faithful? Cellist Graham Bradshaw, who’s been playing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Proms for 40 years, followed soon after by official Proms photographer Chris Christodoulou…

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letter of the month

Sold on Boughton I was most interested in Michael Scott Rohan’s piece The Original Glastonbury (June issue) and in particular its founder Rutland Boughton. I certainly agree with you (Editor’s letter) that it’s time to bring Boughton back into the fray! In 1983, Edward Downes gave a broadcast performance with the BBC Philharmonic of Boughton’s Third Symphony, which came as a revelation to me. Premiered in 1939 in front of an audience that included the composers Vaughan Williams and Quilter, its four movements are cogently argued from closely knit thematic cells and its finale is one of the most thrilling and inspired of 20th-century British music. I would urge readers to seek out Vernon Handley’s fine recording with the RPO on the Hyperion label, and would love to hear this neglected…

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have your say…

Stately Handel At the royal wedding, millions will have been enchanted by the music that accompanied the entrance of the bride: Eternal Source of Light Divine, Handel’s 1713 birthday ode for Queen Anne. Reflective and lyrical, it seemed exactly right for such a moment. But is it what Handel intended? When he wrote for voice and trumpet, he didn’t usually do lyrical and reflective – more likely stirring and martial. Indeed, the trumpet part sounds in places very much like ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ from Messiah, but taken at half speed. The manuscript is held in the British Museum, and can be viewed online. Significantly, there is no tempo marking, which suggests that it would have been played according to the conventions of the time. To me, the higher speed sounds…

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lauren zhang wins bbc young musician 2018

Pianist Lauren Zhang has been crowned BBC Young Musician 2018, making her the 21st winner of the renowned competition, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. To take the title, the 16 year-old played Prokofiev’s fearsomely difficult Second Piano Concerto with the CBSO and conductor Mark Wigglesworth in front of the BBC TV cameras at a packed-out Symphony Hall in Birmingham. ‘I like the character of the piece and the combination of the “bizarre” as well as the romantic qualities of the music,’ Zhang told BBC Music Magazine, ‘I’ve been playing it for quite a while and thought it would be great to play in the final.’ In the final, Zhang was joined by cellist Maxim Calver and saxophonist Robert Burton, both 18. ‘Lauren’s performance left us all breathless!’ said Kerry…

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conductor canellakis beats a path to holland

All around Europe, the glass ceilings are starting to shatter for female conductors. Karina Canellakis has been named as the chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra – the first woman to be appointed to such a post with a symphony orchestra in Holland. The American, who made her BBC Proms debut last year and will be appearing again this season, begins her new role in September 2019. And, as if to prove that anything the Dutch can do the Belgians can do likewise, no sooner has Canellakis’s appointment been made than the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra reveals that Elim Chan, 31, is to be its new chief conductor, also from 2019. With Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla and Susanna Mälkki also going great guns at the City of Birmingham Symphony and Helsinki…