BBC Music Magazine February 2021

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 Journalist and critic ‘A seven-foot tamtam, an aluphone and a frog-shaped wood-block – just some of the instruments in Evelyn Glennie’s collection. It was wonderful to explore her career through these unique objects.’ Page 26 Sophy Roberts Journalist and author ‘Part detective hunt, part ode to a place often misunderstood, my book The Lost Pianos of Siberia traces the story of Russia’s love of the piano. But it’s also about a love for music and how culture can bring us together.’ Page 44 Alexandra Wilson Academic, author and critic ‘When I discovered opera as a student all those years ago, Verdi’s works were my first love. I’ve really enjoyed revisiting his life and works: they remind us that opera and politics are never far apart.’ Page 62…

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As we go to press with this issue, 2021 has barely begun – the pandemic, of course, is still with us, although the promise of an end to it all is welcome indeed. The music world faces an almighty challenge in the months to come, not just to perform live to audiences once more, but also to ensure that those audiences haven’t fallen by the wayside in the intervening year. Music’s paths have seldom been entirely straight and smooth. Sparked by visits from Franz Liszt and John Field, ‘pianomania’ swept through Tsarist Russia from the mid-19th century and musicians did everything in their power to keep playing, despite the considerable obstacles of distance, landscape, weather and politics. Wives transported instruments thousands of miles across the tundra in the dead of winter…

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letter of the month

A swell experience I enjoyed Tom Service’s article on the joys of the pipe organ (Christmas). As a (very) amateur organist for 60 years, the instrument has been a constant pleasure. I started in a village church with a two-manual that was still pumped by hand and moved on to a three-manual with a secondary swell pedal that slowly opened the whole organ, producing a volume that seemed to shake the building. Others followed, each an example of the organ builder’s craft – a one-manual specially built to accompany Gregorian chant and a small chamber instrument, lovingly built by an expert as his last work prior to retirement, stand out. No two are alike which makes hearing them in situ so important. Having struggled with Messiaen on disc, what a difference…

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have your say…

Sibelian journeys In your January issue, Tom Service shows how Sibelius’s music evokes the wild nature of Finnish weather and landscapes. When listening to his music, particularly the symphonies, I always see a mode of travel: ocean liner crossing the Atlantic, railway train going through barren countryside, yacht in full sail, motor car chugging up to full speed, space ship circling the earth and so on. Put on a performance of any Sibelius symphony, from the slow quiet introduction going into the wide powerful Allegro, and see if you can see what I see! Barry Valentine, County Down Inspiring others I found David Lipsey’s feature on sponsoring young musicians (Pay it Forward, January) inspiring. His description of first meeting Kerem Hasan at a fundraiser for retired greyhounds was especially endearing, as the youngster suddenly…

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dame jane glover leads the way in new year honours

A damehood for conductor Jane Glover and knighthood for opera director Graham Vick have capped a rich haul for classical music in the New Year Honours 2021, which also includes awards for composer Julian Anderson and conductors Daniel Harding and Wayne Marshall. Glover’s DBE comes shortly after she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gamechanger Award for her work in breaking new ground for other female conductors. Since being appointed artistic director of the London Mozart Players in 1984, Glover has gone on to become only the third woman in history to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has held the position of director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music and is now music director of the Chicago-based ensemble Music of the Baroque. Graham Vick’s knighthood recognises the…

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alexander olleson takes bbc young chorister crown

There may have been no audience present, but the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2020 provided an outstanding winner in Alexander Olleson from Leighton Buzzard. Broadcast on Songs of Praise on BBC One and on Radio 2, a revamped format saw three girls and three boys compete against each other in the final at Gorton Monastery in Manchester just before Christmas – rather than naming separate boy and girl winners as in previous years, this year’s competition awarded just the one title. Olleson, 13, who is a member of Bedford School Chapel Choir, chose Reger’s The Virgin’s Slumber Song to sing in the final, in front of a judging panel that included composer John Rutter and soprano Laura Wright, herself a former Young Chorister winner. The six finalists were mentored…