BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine July 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

Simon Heighes Writer and broadcaster ‘I’m just old enough to remember the Apollo Moon landings in 1969. Those grainy images were impossibly exciting for a six year-old; they still are today, refracted in the music inspired by the Moon.’ Page 42 Helen Wallace Curator, writer and broadcaster ‘If the audience have strong opinions about the Last Night of the Proms, its performers do too. It was entertaining to hear stories from Sakari Oramo, Nicola Benedetti and BBC Symphony viola player Natalie Taylor’. Page 54 Kate Wakeling Critic and writer ‘It was a joy to explore the life and work of Oliver Knussen. His scores burst with colour and imagination, and it was intriguing to discover how much Knussen doubted himself, despite his dazzling success.’ Page 60…

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The BBC Proms may feature well over 80 concerts, but somehow it’s the Last Night that always seems to grab the headlines. It’s one corner of this wonderful British festival that seems to remain forever barmy, and despite what seems to be a rapidly changing social and political landscape, it stays resolutely the same, year after year, even down to the unabashed annual airing of Arne’s Rule, Britannia!. If this rather eccentric evening is regarded as a chance for musicians and audience to let their hair down, that in itself suggests that they usually don’t – which couldn’t be further from the truth (there’s plenty of frothy entertainment throughout the season). That said, the jollities of the Last Night have, in the past, had to respond – and fast –…

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letter of the month

Man about the Strauss Christopher Dingle remarks about Sir John Barbirolli (Reviews, June) that Richard Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration was ‘far from central to his repertoire’. Not that far, perhaps. He gave a memorable Ein Heldenleben with the LSO at the Royal Festival Hall in September 1969 and recorded it soon after, and recorded Metamorphosen and performed a suite from Der Rosenkavalier at the Proms. There is also a touching story about when he died in July 1970. The news of his death reached the LSO the following morning as they were recording Mahler’s Third Symphony with Jascha Horenstein. There was an afternoon session, and the work recorded by the same forces was Death and Transfiguration. Peter Phillips, Swansea…

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have your say…

A Clara celebration Commemorating 200 years after being born is a great reason for celebrating the life and works of Clara Schumann (June, cover). Bravo to all who are bringing out her exceptional achievements this year. In 1996, for the 100th anniversary of her death, my Ambache Chamber Orchestra recorded her Konzertsatz of 1847 for BBC Music Magazine’s cover CD. The work was intended as a birthday gift to Robert, and makes an interesting contrast to the brilliant, teenage A minor Concerto – from a mature 28 year-old, this music has her hallmark expression of noble melancholy. BBC Music also deserves appreciation for that CD being devoted to women at a time when there was less inclusion: the other composers on it were Louise Farrenc, Fanny Mendelssohn and Marie Grandval, names…

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eric lu joins radio 3 new generation artists scheme

Eric Lu, the winner of last year’s Leeds International Piano Competition, has been named among the latest batch of young musicians to be selected for BBC Radio 3’s much coveted New Generation Artists scheme. A rising star since becoming a prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw at the age of 17, the Chinese-American pianist will follow in the footsteps of the likes of violinist Janine Jansen, soprano Elizabeth Watts and percussionist Colin Currie, all former New Generation Artists who are now internationally renowned performers. Other artists invited to join the 2019-21 NGA roster alongside Lu are pianist Alexander Gadjiev, violist Timothy Ridout, mezzo Ema Nikolovska, violinist Johan Dalene, the Consone Quartet and jazz guitarist Rob Luft. In announcing the new names, Alan Davey, controller of Radio 3,…

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zeffirelli’s callas turns her hand to opera direction

One of the most feted French actresses of her era, Fanny Ardant (left) may already be familiar to many opera fans, as her 30-plus film roles include that of soprano Maria Callas in Zeffirelli’s Callas Forever in 2002. Now, Ardant has ventured into in the real-life opera house as the director of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District at Greek National Opera. In her own lavishly poetic director’s notes that accompany the production, which stars soprano Svetlana Sozdateleva in the title role (below), Ardant expresses her wish that ‘since the Greek shores welcomed me, may the Olympian Gods – if they deign to look at me – guide and protect me.’…