BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine April 2020

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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

Claire Jackson Writer and critic ‘There are few pianists who can match Angela Hewitt’s breadth and depth of repertoire. It was an honour to discuss her soon-to-be-completed Bach Odyssey, awards from Wigmore and Leipzig – and that Fazioli fall…’ Page 26 Ian Taylor Journalist ‘As a writer and professional guinea pig, I have tried everything from fad diets to wreck diving in the Bermuda Triangle in the name of journalism. But now a completely different challenge: my first classical concert.’ Page 38 Lucy Parham Concert pianist ‘Like many people, I thought I was fine with my sheet music, but I soon discovered that digital technology and tablets can offer a massive advantage to musicians. Testing score-reading apps was a real eye-opener.’ Page 42…

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What better way to get into classical music than in the company of a celebrated musician? The Southbank’s Encounters scheme recently invited a bunch of classical music newcomers to experience world-class music-making, guided by, among others, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, violinist Nicola Benedetti and baritone, composer and all-round musical hero Roderick Williams. Williams took our writer Ian Taylor, himself a concert newbie, under his wing, and together they enjoyed a little light Rachmaninov and a bit of Holst. But was Williams’s enthusiasm enough to make a convert out of our unsuspecting good sport? Find out on p38. As with most things, I suspect that the key to loving music is largely down to the person who introduces you to it in the first place, whether a teacher, parent or friend. The music…

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letter of the month

Trial by absent jury James Naughtie’s interview with Noriko Ogawa (March) was filled with interesting details about the rigours of competition judging and the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ by jury members. It brought back to me a unique happening (I trust!) at the final of the City of Glasgow International Competition for Junior Violinists at Glasgow’s City Hall in 1977. The hall was full and ready for the 7pm start. The Scottish National Orchestra (the ‘Royal’ came later that year) was on stage and the first contestant took to the platform along with conductor Alexander Gibson. The player’s name escapes me, but the first concerto played was the Mendelssohn, and all on stage launched into it with gusto. Halfway through the first movement, the music ground to a halt as the realisation…

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have your say…

Memorable maestro Richard Bratby’s feature on the CBSO’s first 100 years (March) poignantly reminded me of the many happy hours I spent in the Birmingham Town Hall as an enthusiastic young concert-goer from 1944-51. Those Sunday afternoon concerts during the tenure of George Weldon were the highlight of my week – in one season they featured a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies, and I also recall a fine seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah, during which I irreverently ate a bag of mince pies. Weldon was an immensely popular conductor and tended to assume a personality and appearance on the rostrum similar to that of Malcolm Sargent. An amateur racing driver, he exuded a grounded but outgoing persona and was frequently seen in a city pub with the then leader of the…

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jewish musicians remembered in new exhibition

As the world marks this year the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) is staging an exhibition and series of concerts in memory of two leading Jewish violinists whose lives were devastated by the Nazis. Only the Violins Remain: Alma and Arnold Rosé will tell the story of a father and daughter who became separated for good when, in 1942, Alma was arrested in the Netherlands and sent to the concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. At Auschwitz, it was Alma Rosé’s violin that effectively kept her alive While the exhibition will display artefacts relating to the two musicians, including Guadagnini and Stradivarius violins of the same era as those they played, the accompanying musical events will include Karin Hendrickson conducting a concert of works that…

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here’s a litter bit of music we made earlier…

Remarkably, if you say that the programme for this year’s East Neuk Festival (see p86) is a load of old junk, the organisers probably wouldn’t take offence. Because that’s exactly what part of it is. In preparation for the event, which takes place along the Fife coastline in July, a series of major beach cleans has been embarked upon. But, rather than being sent to landfill, much of the detritus collected will be turned into instruments and played at a 100-strong Fantastic Plastic Parade Band performance at the festival itself. But do bear in mind that shouts of ‘Rubbish!’ will, presumably, still be frowned upon.…