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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine December 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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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this month’s contributors

Christopher Gillett Tenor and writer ‘I’ve had a long fascination with the birth of Britten’s operas, not least the masterpiece Death in Venice . What was it like to be its midwife? I asked the man himself, conductor Steuart Bedford.’ Malcolm Hayes Composer, writer and critic ‘It’s been interesting discovering who really knew their forests – after all, many composers think they like nature. That, however, often means the idea rather than the reality (dank, cold and muddy).’ Kate Wakeling Writer, poet and critic ‘It was a thrill to delve into the music of Finnish composer Kaaija Saariaho. Complex, beautiful and cosmically strange, her music has taken the world by storm – and sounds like nothing else on earth.’…

1 min.
welcome

1948 was clearly a good year for music. This issue we celebrate no less than three significant 70th birthdays, beginning with pianist Leslie Howard, our interviewee on p40, whose 100th disc of Liszt is reviewed on p104. Michael Berkeley, composer and presenter of Radio 3’s Private Passions, also celebrates entering his eighth decade with a fascinating and entertaining look back at some of the most colourful and eminent guests to have appeared on the programme over its (so far) 23-year history. The London Mozart Players are our third three-score-and-tenners, having marked the occasion with a concert on the concourse of London’s St Pancras Station. Turn to p13 to see a photo. But what else was happening in 1948? November sees the launch of the BBC’s most ambitious classical programming to date…

1 min.
letter of the month

Pastoral care I enjoyed Terry Blain’s enthusiasm for André Previn’s 1971 recording of Vaughan Williams’s A Pastoral Symphony (Nov) – not only because he rightly praises Previn’s understanding of the work, but also that he gives credit to the orchestra (the LSO) and particularly some of its principal players. John Georgiadis (violin), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet) and William Bennett (flute) were named; but who were the anonymous contributors on oboe, viola, horn and trumpet? I can tell you that the oboist was the late lamented Roger Lord, the violist Alexander Taylor, the horn player Tony Halstead, and the trumpeter Howard Snell – all players well-known in other contexts. Remembering that the LSO was a male-dominated orchestra, I also enquired as to whether any heroines were present. The only regular member then…

4 min.
have your say…

Ways and means I agree with Richard Morrison (Nov) that Yuja Wang’s Prokofiev at the BBC Proms with the Berlin Phil was magnificent musicianship, not empty show. It was one of a sequence of brilliant performances in an astonishing weekend at the Proms for which I was fortunate to have an arena pass, from bewitching Berio by Semyon Bychkov and the BBC SO to barnstorming Beethoven by Kirill Petrenko’s Berliners. The fast, superhumanly precise renditions of Prokofiev and Beethoven delivered by the Berliners were thrilling, but it’s worth remembering that there are other ways of doing it too. For me the most moving concert of the weekend was Andris Nelsons’s Mahler 3 with the Boston Symphony. The ensemble may have been less perfect than that of the Berliners, but Nelsons and…

2 min.
wellber appointed to bbc phil

Omer Meir Wellber has been named as the new chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. The 36-year-old Israeli, widely regarded as one of today’s most exciting young conductors, succeeds Juanjo Mena, who rounded off his eight years in the post at the Proms this summer. Wellber will arrive in Manchester in September 2019 clutching an impressive CV. Recently appointed principal conductor at the Semperoper Dresden, he is also set to make his debut at the New York Met this season with Bizet’s Carmen. In October, the Bridgewater Hall audience had a glimpse of the treats in store when Wellber conducted the BBC Phil in performances of Mozart and Wagner that the Guardian described as ‘exceptionally beautiful’ and ‘spine-tingling’. ‘I first met the BBC Philharmonic in March and worked with them for two…

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bbc philharmonic

The BBC Philharmonic was founded in 1922 as the 2ZY Orchestra, named after the radio station for which it was created to perform. Over the next few years, as its role and size changed, its name changed to the Northern Wireless Orchestra, the Northern Studio Orchestra and then, in 1934, the BBC Northern Orchestra. Further name changes came in 1967, when it became the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, and in 1982, when the newly expanded ensemble was retitled the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – the ‘Orchestra’ was later dropped.…