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BBC Music Magazine November 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

Julian Haylock Editor and writer ‘Although we have no sound recordings or film of Paganini in action, awestruck contemporary descriptions of him are so vivid that he feels as alive today as when he first dazzled audiences two centuries ago.’ Kate Kennedy Academic and writer ‘In this year of celebration of the female vote, I look at the indomitable composer Dame Ethel Smyth, her musical prowess and her important contribution to the suffrage movement.’ Nick van Bloss Pianist ‘Based on my own recent experiences as a concert pianist with Tourette’s, I take a look at how some parts of the profession are perhaps not as diversity-aware as they might have you believe.’…

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The concert stage is a much more open and diverse place than it was even five years ago. Concert managers are, albeit belatedly, waking up to the idea of booking more female musicians as well as those from a broader racial background. And, shock, horror, the standard remains just as high. This quiet revolution is to be celebrated by all – except the disabled fraternity. This month, Nick van Bloss, a pianist who suffers from a debilitating physical form of Tourette’s Syndrome, argues on p50 that classical music’s leaders and managers have been neglecting some superb musicians through their blinkered programming. Diversity, he implies, means a lot more than simply balancing gender and race. It makes for fascinating and thoughtful reading, and will hopefully prick a few consciences. It’s also about…

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letter of the month

Magical maestros Tom Service’s witty and entertaining column on ‘the conductor conundrum’ (September) describes a phenomenon I had been waiting to read about for some time. I had just seen Daniel Barenboim conduct his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the BBC Proms and found myself fixated on watching him work his magic. There were times where the animated Barenboim seemed to expel musical colour onto the orchestra and others where he was completely still, allowing the musicians to lead themselves. Complete wizardry! Some time ago I attended an open rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO which opened my eyes to the detail and precision with which a conductor can attune the sound. I agree with Service when he says conductors today have more responsibility, both in shaping the orchestral sound…

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have your say…

Czech hero I enjoyed Erik Levi’s article (October) discussing the ways in which the centenary of Dvorák’s birth in 1941 was used for political propaganda purposes by the Nazis in control of Czechoslovakia and by the Western Allies. However, the picture on p39 titled ‘a Czech woman is in tears as she’s forced to salute a triumphant Hitler’ could just as easily be a Sudeten German, overwhelmed with emotion, and welcoming in the Nazis – the picture is a mystery in that respect. From a musical point of view I’ve always been a great admirer of the Czech composer Vitezslav Novák (1870-1949) whose doom-laden, though ultimately redemptive, De profundis (symphonic poem for large orchestra and organ) was composed while the composer lived under the Nazi occupation of his homeland: a courageous…

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electric leeds performance takes eric lu to victory

Eric Lu has been named as the winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2018. In the final at Leeds Town Hall, the 20 year-old from Boston, US, wowed the judges and audience with a confident and vivacious performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, performed with the Hallé orchestra under Edward Gardner. One of five pianists to reach the two-day final out of an initial field of 24, Lu’s success at The Leeds brings rich rewards. Included in his prize was the invitation to play the Beethoven at the opening concert of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s season, just five days after the competition final, plus an album release on Warner Classics, career management from a leading agency, further concert engagements and performance and recording opportunities on BBC Radio 3.…

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rising stars

Yaritza Véliz soprano Born: Coquimbo, Chile Career highlight: Either being accepted onto the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House or singing the role of Musetta in La bohème with the Municipal de Santiago Opera. Musical hero: I have two heroines: soprano Mirella Freni, who has been an inspiration of mine since I was 17, and mezzo Joyce DiDonato, from whom I have also learnt so much thanks to her YouTube masterclasses. Dream concert: Singing in either Mozart’s Requiem or Haydn’s Creation with John Eliot Gardiner. The venue wouldn’t matter – just to sing those works would be a dream come true. Stephen Waarts violinist Born: Fremont, California Career highlight: Every time I’ve been given the opportunity to play with someone I’ve admired for years and we’ve hit it off musically and personally. Those…