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BBC Music Magazine March 2019

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

Roger Nichols Author and critic ‘I’ve always loved Berlioz since being given L’Enfance du Christ as a set work for my degree – and not least because so many of his French successors regarded him with undisguised distaste!’ Elinor Cooper Conductor and singer ‘If Elizabethan Catholic composers like Byrd and Tallis were able to stay in England, there were a handful of less fortunate composers who fled abroad rather than live under religious persecution.’ Claire Jackson Writer and critic ‘Chopin’s “Funeral March” Sonata is a cultural cornerstone, featured in ceremonial occasions and comic parodies. Comparing archival recordings with current offerings has produced an intriguing shortlist.’…

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welcome

I’ve a confession to make. Before we started putting this magazine together, I didn’t get on with Berlioz’s music at all. I’ve always appreciated his greatness, his extraordinary orchestrations, his innovative use of symphonic form, and his downright dogged opinions, but the music itself has never struck a chord with me. I’ve always loved French music, so I’m not sure where I’ve been going wrong. So this issue has been something of a saviour – there’s nothing quite like a handful of great artists (p36) extolling the virtues of a composer to make you realise the error of your ways. And so it’s with fresh ears that I’m diving into Roméo et Juliette and, of course, revelling in the Mediterranean warmth of Harold’s travels in Italy, courtesy of our superb…

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letter of the month

The irresistible rise of Vivaldi Your interesting article on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (January) had a curious omission: no mention of the 1951 Decca LP by Karl Münchinger and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. The Record Guide by E Sackville-West and D Shawe-Taylor of that year lists all that was previously available of Vivaldi’s music on records in Britain – just 14 minutes! (Bernadino Molinari’s 1942 recording, made in Italy, was still not available here). Then the follow-up Record Year in 1952 by the same authors lists that new Decca LP, and they said it was ‘an early example of programme music which lends colour to the contention that Vivaldi is still an underestimated composer’. That LP was a sensation, and for the general public turned Vivaldi from an unknown composer into one of…

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have your say…

A grade relief Andrew Stewart’s Grade Britain feature (February) took me back to 1960 and my Grade 5 organ exam at Ingoldisthorpe Parish Church in Norfolk. The exam was progressing quite well when I was suddenly aware that the examiner was wandering around the church as I played the set pieces. I was concerned that he might not be giving much attention to my efforts. At the end of a challenging Bach fugue he returned to the chancel and his first words to me were ‘Do you know the history of the stained glass windows?’ I’m afraid I didn’t, but thankfully I passed with Merit. Jonathan Russell, via email Ace of bass I’d like to stake a claim for the biggest gap between Associated Board exams! In my mid-teens I took Grade 8 piano…

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first look at the proposed london centre for music

An eye-catching twisted pyramid design, state-of-the-art acoustics, soundproof education pods and a roof-level performance space with panoramic views. These are just a few of the treats awaiting music-lovers should proposals for a new concert hall for London become reality. Architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) has revealed its design for the London Centre for Music which, if all goes to plan, would be located in the site currently occupied by the Museum of London. Elizabeth Diller, one of the company’s founders, said she envisaged ‘a concert hall for the 21st century that embraces both a bespoke and loose fit approach: tailored for exceptional symphonic sound, yet agile enough to accommodate creative work across disciplines and genres.’ DS+R says providing a welcome is key. The venue would prove an enticing place to drop…

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labour leader aims for a melodious delivery

The House of Commons already boasts its fair share of musical talent, not least former professional cellist Thangam Debbonaire and Cambridge choral scholar Sir Bernard Jenkin. But should we be adding Jeremy Corbyn to this harmonious throng? At a rally in Hastings, the Labour leader was seen clutching a score as he prepared to deliver his speech, prompting speculation that he might be honing his instrumental skills in his spare time. The music on the score was Perigoso, a jaunty choro by the Brazilian Orlando Silveira (1922-93), but with only a treble clef to go on, we can only guess at the instrument in question. We will try to find out more……

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