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BBC Music Magazine August 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

Edward Higginbottom Conductor, professor of music ‘From the time I gave my first organ recital at Notre Dame as a young graduate student to my present, continuing engagement with Gallic culture, I remain a passionate advocate of all things French.’ Page 44 Jim Lochner Author and arts journalist ‘It has been a thrill bringing the story of Charlie Chaplin the composer to life. And as we celebrate the 130th anniversary of his birth, it is only appropriate that Chaplin’s music takes centre stage.’ Page 52 Hannah French Musician and broadcaster ‘I’ve been swept up in the life-story of 17th-century Venetian singer-songwriter Barbara Strozzi. Her music is at the heart of an extraordinary world of secretive meetings, jealous rivals and bittersweet anguish.’ Page 62…

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For sheer emotional impact, Puccini has few rivals in the opera world. The old adage goes that his music sounds better than it is (as opposed to Wagner’s, which is better than it sounds – ho ho). Which is, of course, unfair. Puccini’s output may be modest in size compared to that of, say, Mozart, Rossini or Donizetti – plus, of course, he wrote little else – but his operas have an irresistible decadence, sentimentality, melodrama and a narrative and musical tautness that continues to draw us in and reach for the tissues. Of course, once you’ve read Christopher Cook’s absorbing piece on the raw power of Puccini, you may want to explore the greatest recordings. On p26, we’ve teamed up with Primephonic, the streaming service, to give you four months…

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letter of the month

Keeping it in the family I suspect I wasn’t the only erstwhile amateur tenor who woke from the beautiful dream that was Fanny Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio playing on my stereo (June issue, Cover CD) to hear the opening phrase of Felix Mendelssohn’s aria from Elijah, ‘If with all your hearts ye truly seek me’, so delicately laid into the trio. In and out – whoosh, like a ghost. I immediately found myself searching for the dates of each composition. Both seemed to hover around 1846-7, so who borrowed (lovingly, no doubt) from whom? As a life-long classical music devotee, I run across quotations among the canon all the time, some dubious and fanciful (Ives quoting Brahms?), some painfully obvious. But this one was so heartfelt and genuine, I just had to…

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have your say…

Hayes vs Herbert I always look forward to reading your Building a Library feature. I was, though, irritated by Malcolm Hayes’s survey of recordings of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony in the July issue, where he categorises Herbert von Karajan’s 1965 recording as ‘one to avoid’. I bought this recording when it was first issued and it has always struck me as very fine. I have listened to many other recordings since then, including those by Rattle, Barbirolli and Colin Davis, but I have found none which I prefer to the Karajan. Hayes criticises his ‘fixation’ with getting the richest possible sound from his orchestra. Nothing wrong with that, I should have thought – it is presumably what most conductors aim to achieve, though few succeed as well as Karajan. His final comment…

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andrei kymach wins bbc cardiff singer of the world

Andrei Kymach has been crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, beating over 400 singers who entered the competition from countries far and wide. For his grand final performance, the Ukrainian baritone, 31, sang arias by Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti. ‘I’m very excited about it. It was a very good atmosphere and I felt the audience supported me a lot,’ Kymach told BBC Music Magazine just minutes after learning he had been awarded the Main Prize, which includes £20,000 alongside the Cardiff Trophy. ‘I chose music to describe the different colours in my voice, and I wanted to sing an aria from Rachmaninov’s Aleko, which is all about love and pain.’ In a competition that paid tribute to one of its most famous past winners, the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, it…

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unfinished symphony to raise money for cancer cure

The clue’s in the title. Let’s Finish It is an orchestral work with a twist –three-quarters of the way through, the music abruptly stops and the last minute is pure silence. The piece has been commissioned by the Institute of Cancer Research as part of a campaign to raise £15m to complete an important research building, where it’s hoped scientists will find new treatments for this widespread group of diseases. At around four minutes’ long, Callum Morton-Huseyin’s ‘unfinished symphony’ isn’t on the scale of Schubert or Mahler, but the 25 year-old already has plans for the future of his score, which has been recorded by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: ‘I’m eager to write a rousing ending to celebrate reaching the building’s funding goal.’…