BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine May 2019

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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

Brian Wise Writer and audio producer ‘Rail travel has always been one of my passions. Writing about the First Transcontinental Railroad gave me a new understanding of America’s industrial age, a time that shaped culture as much as the economy.’ Oliver Soden Writer and broadcaster ‘For the past three years I have been writing the first biography of Tippett. Cramming 93 years of life and 32 hours of music into a wieldy narrative was not easy, but it seemed both a privilege and a necessity.’ Steph Power Writer and composer ‘My first encounter with Stockhausen was at 14. I was an aspiring guitarist-composer and drummer in a jazz orchestra and a fellow band-member played me Gesang der Jünglinge. My world changed forever.’…

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There are some recordings that take time to enter the bloodstream, their hold on you increasing with every listen. But there are some that grab from the opening bar, their music and our ears meeting across a proverbial crowded room. Our Recording of the Year is one such ‘love at first listen’, its opening track, the relatively unfamiliar Prelude and Fughetta in G, BWV 902 gaining instant-hit status under the fingers of pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. Ólafsson’s secret to the album’s success is to adopt a style of playing that stands at the midpoint between objective performance and free interpretation, an approach that gives the impression of standing aside and letting the humanity of the music shine through, uninterrupted. Everyone, he tells me, has their own Bach – and that’s a…

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letter of the month

A composer’s best friend With reference to your request for photographs of musicians and their pets (March issue), here is one that will be unfamiliar to the BBC Music Magazine editorial staff. It is a photo of the English song composer CW Orr (1893-1976) sitting in the garden of his village house in Painswick, Gloucestershire, with his Jack Russell terrier in his arms. CW Orr’s main claim to fame is that he wrote more settings of AE Housman’s poetry than any other English composer. The note at the bottom of this framed photo reads: ‘Thought you might be amused with this, taken many years ago; my companion in arms was something I thought more of than all my music put together. C.W.O’ Francis Tyrrell, Broadstairs…

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have your say…

Write to: The editor, BBC Music Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN Email: music@classical-music.com Amazing André Following your Welcome letter in the April issue, may I add a few memories of André Previn in the concert hall and on record? I heard live his performance of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky in 1971 and then, the following year, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in concert for the composer’s 70th birthday. Both were with the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Previn was a superb polymath who could put his hand to anything he did – Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the BBC Proms in 1973 also springs to mind. His greatest skill was encouraging new audiences to enjoy classical music as a thoroughly attentive musician. Andrew Thorpe, Hampshire The new Previn? The Guardian’s obituary following the death of André Previn…

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hallé launches competition to find baton talent

From Sir Charles Hallé himself in the 19th century to Sir Mark Elder in the present day, and including the likes Hans Richter, John Barbirolli and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski along the way, the Hallé orchestra has enjoyed its fair share of great conductors over the years. And now, for the first time ever, the Manchester-based ensemble is holding a competition to discover its next brilliant young maestro. Taking place over three days in February 2020, the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will put young baton wielders through their paces in a series of tests. The prize is a substantial one – a two-year appointment as assistant conductor to Sir Mark that, as well as extensive rehearsal duties, will include performing with the orchestra in at least five concerts per year. As Elder…

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bernard haitink marks 90 in brucknerian style

Our regular readers will remember last year’s Awards issue cover being graced by Bernard Haitink, as the Dutch maestro won the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year. Recently, Haitink was seen celebrating again, this time conducting the LSO in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 and Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony in a concert to mark his 90th birthday. As with last year’s magnificent Mahler recording, the concert at the Barbican revealed that, even as he reaches four score years and ten, Haitink simply gets better with age. ‘This was a magisterial account,’ said the Guardian of the Bruckner in its five-star review, ‘broad and unaffected as always in the familiar Haitink manner, but gradually drawing the listener ever deeper into the symphony’s interior world.’…