BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine October 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

Ivan Hewett Journalist and lecturer ‘A marriage of a joking Scouse conductor and a glamorous Czech soprano – what better symbol could there be of European harmony? And as I discovered, it’s clearly a marriage made in heaven.’ Page 28 Freya Parr BBC Music’s editorial assistant ‘As the team’s resident millennial, I was delighted to be sent off to try the BBC Phil’s in-concert app, which transformed my listening experience. From now on, putting my phone away before a concert won’t feel quite right.’ Page 72 Mikel Toms Conductor and writer ‘Listening to over 20 recordings of Janáÿek’s colourful, passionate and idiosyncratic Taras Bulba (a mere 101 years young) has opened my eyes anew to this Moravian masterpiece’s depth and innovation.’ Page 82…

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It’s surely a sign of the times when you’re relieved that only one mobile phone has gone off in a concert. Mind you, I’ve refused to let ringtones ruin my musical experience, even if there’s something ridiculous about a smartphone going off in the middle of a piece of hushed Shostakovich. From there, you might think I hate the idea of programme notes being delivered live to audience members’ mobiles (see p72). Truth is, however, that the smartphone has enhanced my enjoyment of music in more ways than I thought possible, from a clever metronome app that gives me a beats-per-minute from taps on the screen, to its audio and video capabilities that let me scrutinise my own performances. And, of course, I can stream millions of tracks at the…

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letter of the month

Acoustic marvels With regards to the picture of Elgar and Beatrice Harrison recording the Cello Concerto in your September issue, would they really have used acoustic horns in 1928? And doesn’t Elgar look a few years younger than you would think? I wondered if it was, in fact, the earlier acoustic recording from November 1920? For those who haven’t heard it, that acoustic recording is well worth a listen, despite its cuts. There is a sadness, beauty and authority to it, given the involvement of Elgar and Harrison and the players’ response to their music-making. There is also the added poignancy that it is a recording made only two years after the end of the war, and seven months after Lady Elgar’s death, and this poignancy is evident, despite the acoustic…

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have your say…

Costume drama Geoff Brown’s 15 cinematic nights out (August) brought back many pleasant memories of movies from my childhood, particularly Charlie Chan at the Opera. In his first book, A Smattering of Ignorance, Oscar Levant wrote with wit – as he always did – about composing the make-believe opera: Boris Karloff’s character sang as Mephistopheles because 20th Century Fox had clothing left over from a movie starring Lawrence Tibbett. ‘I had heard of music being written around a singer,’ recalled Levant, ‘but never for a costume.’ Years later, Boris Karloff happily remembered the ease with which he ‘sang’ in synch with the pre-recorded Italian libretto by mouthing the names of California cities: ‘Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Diego…’. Preston Neal Jones, CA, US Let’s communicate Your Sound of Silents feature (August) came as a lovely…

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gardner heads for the london philharmonic

Edward Gardner has been named as the new principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Englishman, 44, will join the Southbank-based ensemble on a five-year contract at the beginning of the 2021/22 season, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski as he adds his name to the likes of Thomas Beecham, Adrian Boult and Georg Solti in holding the prestigious post (see right). Chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2015, Gardner has long been tipped for a major post with one of the UK’s leading orchestras. A former chorister at Gloucester Cathedral and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, he cut his teeth as assistant to Mark Elder at the Hallé before devoting his attention chiefly to opera as music director of Glyndebourne on Tour and, from 2007-15,…

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malice in sunderland as bagpiper told to keep quiet

A bagpiper in Sunderland has revealed his dismay at receiving a threatening anonymous letter demanding he stop practising outdoors. Alan Jamieson, 37, whose mastery of his instrument has won him several competitions, was told by his would-be silencer that his ‘pathetic attempt at playing your so-called instrument’ made him a ‘public nuisance’. The Falkirk-born piper currently practises al fresco twice a week at 4.30pm and thought that his neighbours were generally in favour until he received his unwelcome note, which told him that his efforts sounded ‘like the squealing of cats’. ‘I only started playing outside because my close neighbours suggested it,’ he told the press. ‘Whoever these people are who hate my playing appear to be in the minority.’…