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BBC Music Magazine Christmas 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

Richard Morrison Critic and journalist ‘Going behind the scenes at King’s College, Cambridge, I was surprised by how passionate everyone is about Stephen Cleobury’s last Nine Lessons & Carols. It’s going to be an emotional Christmas Eve.’ Page 32 Dobrinka Tabakova Composer ‘I was thrilled to be invited to write this year’s magazine carol. It’s an upbeat, jolly setting of the Cornish Heavenly sound, inspired by my time as composer-in-residence at Truro Cathedral. I hope you enjoy learning it!’ Page 50 Paul Spicer Author and choral director ‘Herbert Howells has been one of the great influences of my life. He was my composition teacher, I have written his biography and have recorded his choral music. It’s wonderful to introduce him to new readers here.’ Page 62…

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welcome

One way to keep tradition alive is to keep changing it. It’s been the task of King’s College’s director of music Stephen Cleobury to preserve the essence of the Festival of Nine Lesson and Carols but to ensure that each service remains fresh. Which is trickier than it sounds. The opening carol, closing voluntary and all readings are identical each year, organists/readers saddled with the responsibility of keeping the ship sailing on smooth waters. But even the most hardened of Nine Lessons veterans don’t want the music to slide far outside their comfort zone – after all, part of Christmas’s magic is its evocation of childhood memories, many of which are tied up with specific carol arrangements. And Daniel Hyde, Cleobury’s successor from 2019, tells me that he’s already been…

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letter of the month

Plucky Paganini Your November issue articles on Paganini were interesting and authoritative, but it’s a pity that no mention was made of his dazzling guitar playing and important contribution to the literature of that instrument. Paganini once stated that his guitar was ‘my constant companion on all my travels’ and he was acquainted with many of the leading players of the day, notably Giuliani, Carulli, Legnani and Zani de Ferranti. In a book of 1831, Carulli spoke of Paganini as ‘an excellent performer on the guitar’ while Berlioz, himself a player, called him ‘an incomparable guitarist’. There is no record of Paganini ever giving a public recital on the guitar, so only a small, fortunate handful of souls ever saw him play. Yet he wrote over 100 pieces for solo guitar,…

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have your say…

Email: music@classical-music.com Defining Bernstein In regard to your 20 works that defined a century cover feature (December), I would have found a place for Leonard Bernstein. For example, there is his Symphony No. 2 ,‘The Age of Anxiety’, inspired by WH Auden’s long poem of that name. This post-Second World War period referred to by the title is the troubled age of psycho-analysis, both Freudian and Jungian. Bernstein was a fully paid-up member, having sessions every week with his ‘shrink’. Or I would nominate Bernstein’s Mass: A Theatre Piece, which gave voice to anti-Vietnam War feelings and the frustration of youth. He set famous lines by Paul Simon: ‘half the people are drowned and the others are swimming in the wrong direction’. But perhaps the most obvious of all his compositions, in…

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bbc young choristers of the year crowned

‘If at first you don’t succeed…’ The old adage has proved gloriously true for Emilia Jaques. A losing finalist in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition, the 15-year-old soprano from North Yorkshire returned this year to take the trophy, impressing the judges with her performances of Stainer and Handel. Cassian Pichler-Roca from Gloucestershire triumphed in the boys’ competition. After opting for slow-paced repertoire last year, Jaques, a chorister at Queen Mary’s School, Thirsk, took on the tricky twists and turns of ‘Blessed are all they that fear the Lord’ from Handel’s Sing Unto God. It was a well-advised tactic, reckoned Simon Lole, one of the judges in the final. In congratulating Jaques on her technique in negotiating the aria’s semi-quaver runs, Lole said that she ‘really…

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cycling viola player adds another bowl to his strings

Last year, we reported how one Alistair Rutherford had achieved the unlikely but noble feat of running the fastest marathon dressed as a viola. As this issue goes to press, the music research assistant and his outfit are set to hit the road again, this time covering the 180 miles from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to the 45th International Viola Congress in Rotterdam by bicycle (with some sea in between, obviously). Rutherford is being joined for the trip – which aims to raise funds for the musical charity ARCO – by pianist Anthony Hewitt who, as our regular readers will know, is a veteran long-distance cyclist. For viola-related reasons too complex to explain here, Hewitt will also be dressing up… as a loo. We will, of course, refrain from viola…