BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine March 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

Jan Swafford Composer biographer ‘My piece endeavours to correct the myths and misperceptions of those things in the popular imagination – call it the ‘Amadeus effect’ – which have left us with a highly fanciful version of Mozart and his art.’ Page 26 Fiona Maddocks Writer, editor and critic ‘I admit my knowledge of Nordic traditional music was scant, but when the highly engaging Pekka Kuusisto shared the secrets of Finnish folk fiddling and the oblique connections with Sibelius, a new world opened up.’ Page 32 Richard Wigmore Writer and critic ‘It’s been exhilarating to delve into the heady period in the German arts labelled Sturm und Drang, whose cultivation of emotional extremes paved the way for Romanticism a generation later.’ Page 52…

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Just a few weeks after we announced the nominations last year for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020, we found ourselves working from home. The past 12 months have been almost impossibly difficult for the music world, but through it all, recordings have still been made and released, a testament to the record industry’s resourcefulness and determination to keep going. So it’s with absolute delight that we present the nominations for this year’s awards – imaginative releases of unknown operas, song recitals, chamber discoveries and revelatory performances of well-known repertoire, each album a lifetime of listening pleasure. On p36, you will see details of all the short-listed recordings in all seven categories. We now need you to decide who wins. Go to, listen to excerpts from each recording and vote…

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letter of the month

Sullivan le Grand Following your excellent article on Gilbert and Sullivan (Christmas issue) it was gratifying to note that such a great composer as Stravinsky was a fan. What is perhaps less well known is that Sullivan and Debussy were friends and the latter believed ‘there was no phase in the history of music to compare with the enormous success of the comic operas’. Debussy went further to consider the merits of Sullivan’s more serious music such as his cantata The Golden Legend (‘being pleasing and melodious’) and deemed Sullivan’s opera Ivanhoe as ‘equal in merit to the majority of Massenet’s operas produced at the Paris Grand Opera though more vigorous and manly’. It’s a shame we don’t seem to hold Sullivan’s more serious music in high regard today as neither…

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have your say…

Rutter delight Last Thursday I took with me your February edition to keep me company during my first Covid vaccination experience – I am 91. All went well, and during our last 15 minutes’ rest I called out to a passing nurse when I saw the mention of John Rutter’s commission to write in praise of the Oxford scientists (Déja Vu). I am happy to say that she did know of him. Long ago, I had him as a TV tutor, long curls and all, at the Open University. The only missing link was that on Thursday ours was the Pfizer, not the Oxford, vaccine! Anne Mills, Tonbridge The editor replies: You may be interested in our news story on p17 this month! Not the first With apologies to readers, in my Building a Library article…

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the full score

Simon Rattle announces departure from London Conductor to take up new position with Bavarian Radio Symphony in 2023 Simon Rattle has revealed that he is to step down as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2023 to take up the post of chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) in Munich. He will continue working with the LSO as lifetime conductor emeritus, a position previously held by André Previn. Rattle is leaving a good deal sooner than was hoped, but the conductor says that his reasons for the latest move in his distinguished career are ‘entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way’. Home for Rattle means Berlin…

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the month in numbers

0 …more letters to be delivered by the sea shanty-singing sensation Nathan Evans (pictured above), who has given up his job as a postman after being signed up by Polydor. 1,500 …pounds in prize money for the winner of Opera Festival Scotland’s recently announced Young Artists Singing Competition. 9.71 …per cent average increase in IQ shown by those who have taken up an instrument as a hobby, reveal tests. 76 …per cent of British musicians in a survey believe Brexit regulations will prevent them performing in Europe.…