BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine April 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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our choices the bbc music magazine team’s current favourites

Oliver Condy Editor I’ve long been a huge fan of guitarist Pat Metheny’s music, but a new album of two chamber suites, Road to the Sun, sees him take a back seat as a player for the first time, relinquishing performance duties to Jason Vieaux and the LA Guitar Quartet. The two suites are everything I’d been hoping: full of wonderful tunes, those trademark Metheny harmonies and a pervading sense of joy. Jeremy Pound Deputy editor Though I originally intended to mark the beginning of Lent by listening to various settings of Psalm 51, the haunting beauty of SS Wesley’s Wash Me Throughly had me abandoning that plan and instead sticking with the rest of St John’s College, Cambridge’s 2013 disc of the English composer’s choral music. Yes, there is plenty of galumphing…

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studio secrets

The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival marked its 50th anniversary with a commission from composer Gráinne Mulvey last year. Great Women has recently been recorded in a Dublin studio by singer Elizabeth Hilliard and will be released in June on Métier. The work, for voice and electronics, celebrates notable Irish women. Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang is in the midst of a new recording project for Warner Classics. She performs concertos by Beethoven and Stravinsky with the Bremen Chamber Philharmonic under Pekka Kuusisto. The musicians began recording at the ensemble’s home venue in January where they’ll return in May to finish the album, ahead of release later in the year. Staying with the violin, Itamar Zorman has been recording a very personal set of pieces at Duke University’s Baldwin Hall in North…

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Malcolm Arnold was an extraordinary man. As you’ll read in Malcolm Hayes’s excellent survey of his greatest works and eventful life, the English composer, whose centenary we celebrate this year, was supremely adept at just about every genre of classical music. At the heart of his output are nine major symphonies (two of which you can hear on this month’s CD) , but there are 45 more orchestral works to explore, as well as 20 concertos, four operas, 40 chamber works, over 60 film scores, several pieces for brass band and much more. As you’ll read from p26, Hayes wonders whether Arnold should be seen as England’s Shostakovich – listen to the ferocious bite and desolation of some of the symphonies and make your own mind up, of course. But it’s…

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intimate brilliance

Jakob Bro Uma Elmo Jakob Bro (guitar), Arve Henriksen (trumpet, piccolo trumpet), Jorge Rossy (drums) ECM 6024 3528227 5 Danish guitarist Jakob Bro’s new recording is quintessential ECM: a small group of intensely talented individuals making rarefied music in the moment, captured by superb production values. Bro, Henriksen and Rossy always excel in the improvising trio format, but this session in Swiss Radio’s studio in Lugano was the first time they had played together. Apart from having written the raw material, it’s not obvious that Bro is the leader. Norwegian Henriksen takes the melodic line throughout the programme while Bro brings the harmonic gravity; drummer Rossy is a constant, time shifting presence. Stand-out piece ‘To Stanko’ is a low lit, Latin-tinged eulogy to the late Polish trumpeter, Henriksen parsing his loss with a sound that’s…

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parish council discord ends in sweet harmony

As many readers will be aware, one of the more unlikely YouTube hits of Lockdown II was coverage of a parish meeting in Handforth, Cheshire, featuring local official Jackie Weaver and her doughty efforts to control a clowder of feral councillors. So impressed was Andrew Lloyd Webber that he even wrote a song celebrating Weaver’s stoic resolve, describing the meeting as ‘sort of operatic’. Which gets us thinking that, surely, here is an opera simply waiting to happen. The plot? Two protagonists with seemingly irreconcilable differences are brought together in sweet harmony after the offer of a tempting cup of tea. Unlikely, yes, but if it can work for Wagner……

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bbc music magazine awards

Arriaga, Mozart & Giuliani Chamber music Featuring BBC New Generation Artists including guitarist Thibaut Garcia (left), the Aris Quartett and the Amatis Trio PLUS! Ahead of its delayed final, we talk to the finalists of BBC Young Musician; Terry Blain on the wealth of music to emerge from Ireland; Brian Wise on unwanted noises that have found themselves on classic recordings; Francis Pott on Hungarian composer Franz Liszt; plus Leon Bosch names the best recordings of Schubert’s Trout Quintet…