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BBC Music Magazine January 2020

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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en este número

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this month’s contributors

Richard Morrison Chief critic, The Times ‘Plenty of top musicians talk vaguely about the importance of music education, but Nicola Benedetti backs up her words with impressive deeds. It was inspiring to talk to her about her new Benedetti Foundation.’ Page 28 Daniel Moult Organist ‘Tracing the story of the English organ is like putting a mirror to our national history. I was thrilled by the sheer diversity of sound, feel and sight of instruments from across the centuries.’ Page 44 Steph Power Writer and composer ‘Relatively few works premiered in the last 30 years have attained instant classic status. Ligeti’s wild, sublimely challenging Violin Concerto is one such, with a growing catalogue of fine and inspiring recordings.’ Page 64…

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In the space of just a few weeks at the end of 2019, we learned of the deaths of Mariss Jansons and Stephen Cleobury. Jansons was a maestro who, without showboating, transformed the Concertgebouw and the Bavarian Radio Symphony orchestras with his unparalleled ear for exquisite detail. His recordings of Mahler, Strauss and Beethoven find few peers in any record collection. Stephen Cleobury possessed similar gifts; in his 37 years at King’s College, Cambridge, Cleobury took the choir to even greater heights than had his predecessor Philip Ledger and, before him, David Willcocks. In recent years, I got to know Cleobury quite well and will never forget his generosity in letting me have a go on the King’s chapel organ during a break in rehearsals for a recording of Fauré’s Requiem.…

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letter of the month

By George, where’s Felix? Further to your 50 Greatest Composers article (December, UK), it is interesting, and a little sad, that neither Mendelssohn nor Handel are ranked highly by today’s composers – with the added piquancy that in the same issue you compare best recordings of the former’s wonderful ‘Scottish’ Symphony. In Handel’s case, perhaps his Jewish/ Christian oratorios seem like a dead end to our living composers, both in form and cultural expression. Felix, I think, still lives under ‘the curse of Wagner’, whereby a belittled reputation discourages exploration of his remarkable achievement across almost all musical forms; even his teenage operas probably contain enjoyable music. It would be interesting to hear further thoughts on these two notable omissions, and others. Alan Ross, Chingford WORTH £120 WIN TOP-QUALITY WIRELESS EARBUDS! Every month we will…

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have your say…

Unflappable Alfred In response to your Bah! Humbug feature on concert-hall gripes (Christmas, UK), many years ago I went to a recital at the Royal Festival Hall. I sat in the choir stalls looking straight across the stage at the soloist, who was Alfred Brendel. Halfway through a Schubert sonata, a mobile phone rang down in the body of the hall. Brendel had of course heard it all before. He made eye contact with me, shook his head, rolled his eyes, and carried on without any perceptible change in his exemplary performance. What a true professional… Patrick Hoyte, Wootton Courtenay A new Messiah A recent worthy addition to Paul Riley’s list of Handel Messiah revisions (Christmas, UK) is Sir Andrew Davis’s 2010 version (available in a 2016 Chandos recording). The new instrumentation is fairly…

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survey reveals lack of classical music knowledge in uk

How much do most people in the UK know about classical music? Not a great deal, would appear to be the answer. In a recent survey, just over 30 per cent of those questioned knew that Elgar was the composer of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, and only ten per cent could say who composed ‘Jerusalem’. Asked about today’s leading musical figures, 30 per cent said they knew that Simon Rattle was a conductor and 20 per cent were aware that Nicola Benedetti was a violinist – in contrast, 94 per cent knew who the pop singer Adele was. For the survey, which was commissioned by the classical music streaming service Primephonic, 2,000 people aged 16 and over were asked a range of questions that produced a number of eye-catching results…

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the keys to a rounded performance

‘Reuse, repair, recycle’ they say. And nowhere was this mantra better put into action than at Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre recently, where a ‘Pianodrome’ made out of upcycled pianos was opened to the public. Every single part of the 100-seat, playable amphitheatre (above) was created out of old uprights, right down to the screws and bolts needed to hold it all together. Created by Tim Vincent-Smith and Matt Wright, the Pianodrome was ‘in resonancy’ at the theatre for a month during November and December, and hosted a number of concerts as well as impromptu performances by members of the public.…