BBC Music Magazine October 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

Stephen Moss Guardian journalist ‘Zoom interviews can be poor imitations of the real thing, but the hour-and-a-half I spent in the virtual company of Viktoria Mullova and her son Misha Mullov-Abbado to talk about their new disc was a delight.’ Page 26 John Bridcut Filmmaker and writer ‘What a privilege to watch Bernard Haitink rehearse and perform Bruckner 7. Final concert, yes, but there was no sense of just coasting. Fine-tuned and paced, it rolled round my head for months.’ Page 56 Kate Bolton-Porciatti Academic, writer and critic ‘The change in performing styles of Corelli’s concertos over the decades offers a fascinating look of how Baroque interpretation has moved on since the anachronistically Romantic first recordings of his Op. 6.’ Page 64…

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Evenings have been a little freer of late, what with no commute to the office and no musical events – so far – to enjoy. It’s given me a chance to indulge in rather more organ practice than usual, and to draw up wish lists of the music I’d like to learn. One of those is Bach’s great C minor Fantasia and Fugue, as fruitily orchestrated by Elgar. My Novello editions may be out of fashion, but they contain a few delights in their editorial notes: ‘…but for the happy intervention of Herr Reichardt, the manuscript book written by Krebs, the pupil of Bach, containing this work, would have fallen into the hands of a petty shopkeeper and been used as waste paper….’ Presumably such things did happen – a Purcell…

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letter of the month

Early birds I was interested to read in your ‘Déja Vu’ feature (Full Score, September) how composers have often been drawn to birdsong. As well as the examples you quote there is Amy Beach’s song The Blackbird, written in 1889, over 50 years ahead of Messiaen and his Le merle noir piece for the Paris Conservatoire flute competition in 1952. Beach was also captivated by a voluble thrush (at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire) – and out of this came A Hermit Thrush at Eve and A Hermit Thrush at Morn (Op. 11 Nos 1 & 2, 1921), cleverly conjuring birdsong on the piano. A little later, her A Humming Bird (Op. 128 No. 3, 1932) sparkles like shimmering wings. Diana Ambache, London WIN! 12 MONTHS OF PRIMEPHONIC Every month we will award…

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have your say…

Proms heroes I was surprised that, in The People who Shaped the Proms (August), Michael White made no mention of the man who launched the event in 1895: Robert Newman, impresario and manager of Queen’s Hall who entrusted the 26-year-old Henry Wood with bringing his vision to fruition. My first memory of the Proms was when, as a 17 year-old, I attended the second night of the 1944 season. I went to several more concerts until, after about three weeks, a German flying bomb attack forced the Albert Hall to close down. Some of the remaining concerts were broadcast from Bedford, to where the BBC Symphony Orchestra was evacuated. Sir Henry Wood conducted his last concert on 28 May and died just three weeks later, so I was fortunate to have…

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deep dismay as sheffield cathedral disbands its choir

Sheffield Cathedral has caused consternation among Britain’s choral community by disbanding its choir with immediate effect, prompting fears that its lead may soon be followed elsewhere. ‘For some years the Dean and Chapter have been looking carefully at the music offer of Sheffield Cathedral,’ said an announcement on the cathedral’s website in late June. ‘They have come to the conclusion that there needs to be significant change. This is in order to create a Music Department and Choir ready for the exciting future of the mixed urban community in which we live and work.’ The lack of paying visitors to cathedrals has created a huge financial hole Parents of choristers say that, despite the choir having had three choirmasters in just four years, the news still came as a surprise, as they’d…

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swimming pool concert proves a stroke of genius

With swimming baths closed in Germany due to Coronavirus restrictions, but concerts permitted so long as they allow for sufficient social distancing, Martina Riester came to the obvious conclusion. ‘Why not empty the local outdoor pool,’ reasoned the music-loving swimmer from Entringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, ‘and use it as a concert hall?’ And so, on 19 July, Jürgen Gerlinger went in at the deep end to open the pool’s new ‘Kult(ur)- Bad 2020’ series with a performance of Bach works for solo cello (above). ‘There are great acoustics down there,’ enthused Riester. Sitting far apart on rugs, the audience were appreciative too, even though no bombing, ducking or petting was allowed.…