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BBC Music Magazine September 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

Jeremy Pound Deputy editor ‘Driving up to meet the brilliant saxophonist Jess Gillam in Ulverston was a day to remember: a lovely setting, a warm welcome and an interviewee who talks as eloquently as she plays.’ Page 24 Robin Wallace Musicologist ‘I’ve studied Beethoven all my life, but gained new insights into his creative process when my late wife Barbara became deaf. I share some of those insights this month and in my upcoming book, Hearing Beethoven.’ Page 40 Alexandra Wilson Academic and writer ‘During the course of writing a book about Puccini, I encountered a huge amount of snobbery about him. Here I consider the ways in which his operas are more innovative than we might at first think.’ Page 50…

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This issue features two contrasting tales of community music-making – one funded by colossal sums of money, the other born from the considerably poorer, dustier streets of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Kinshasa, a group of women, with the help of a dynamic Japanese flautist, has formed a chamber ensemble, and is touring and inspiring local townships with performances on instruments they maintain and repair themselves, often using sundry bits of plastic and wood. Jessica Jane Hart’s uplifting photo story on p36 shows what can be done with a combination of determination, passion and necessity – and, if the photographs are to go by, a great deal of joy. Meanwhile, 6,500 miles away in the US, where money is no object, equally staggering things are…

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letter of the month

The art of the recorder I agree with your correspondent John Rogers (Letters, August) that it is a fine thing to get young children started in music by giving them recorders when they enter infant school. But he perpetuates a misconception by saying: ‘if they showed any ability whatsoever they were then encouraged to take up a more demanding instrument…’. The recorder is indeed good for beginners, but it does not follow that it is somehow a lesser instrument than others. My son also began playing the recorder at an early age. He showed some ability, so he stuck with it. Now, some years on, he has passed Grade 8 and is enjoying exploring its rich and varied repertoire. Anyone who has heard virtuosos like Piers Adams (to name but one)…

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have your say…

The colour of music It was good to read Tom Service’s Symphony of colours (August) in which he talks of the widespread automatic reflex of seeing colours when we hear music. As a visual artist/musician myself, the palette of tone colours certainly helps me to memorise a score. The Lithuanian artist/ composer MK Ciurlionis made hundreds of paintings that reflex his synaesthesia. Had he not tragically died young, he would probably have become one of the early film composers. In February, with conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla and the CBSO, I hope to show the audience how natural it is for us to marry colours with music, by painting my own fluid kinetic images live to his symphonic poem The Sea (1907). It starts in E major, which always sounds to me like…

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best of english

My favourite English song is John Ireland’s (left) setting of the John Masefield poem Sea Fever. Although I live in landlocked Hertfordshire, I’m happiest when strolling along the Dorset coastline and when I do, I always find this song rippling through my mind. Ryan Hill, Hertfordshire My favourite English song was a result of a good review I read in BBC Music Magazine: mezzo Patricia Bardon and pianist Andrew Matthews-Owen in the title track of Jonathan Dove’s cabaret cycle All You Who Sleep Tonight. It’s a song that pulses gently with confident hope. John Williams, via email Choosing a favourite English song is difficult because there are so many that I could not do without, mainly thanks to hearing Dame Janet Baker sing them. Perhaps I’ll settle for Youth and Love by Ralph Vaughan…

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vasily petrenko gets royal philharmonic call up

Royal beats The RPO’s chief conductors Thomas Beecham (1946-61) Rudolf Kempe (1961-75) Antal Doráti (1975-78) Walter Weller (1980-85) André Previn (1985-92) Vladimir Ashkenazy (1987-94) Yuri Temirkanov (1992-98) Daniele Gatti (1996-2009) Charles Dutoit (2009-18) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has announced Vasily Petrenko as its new music director. The Russian conductor will begin his initial five-year contract in August 2021, coinciding with the RPO’s 75th-anniversary season. He takes over from Charles Dutoit, who left the London-based ensemble earlier this year following accusations of sexual assault. Petrenko, 42, will leave the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has enjoyed huge success, first as principal conductor and then chief conductor. An unknown when he was appointed in 2006, he has won numerous awards with the RLPO – not least the 2017 BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year for their disc of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos 1,…