BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine May 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

Berta Joncus Lecturer, critic and author ‘The Beggar’s Opera transmuted opera into comedy, comedy into sharp satire, satire into political activism. And it kicked off the first media-fuelled cult around a teenaged singer. For originality and impact, it had no equal.’ Humphrey Burton Writer, director, producer ‘Writing my autobiography has been a boon: a voyage of self-discovery as I have looked again at films I directed 50 years ago and more, including this one, of music-making at dusk in the Umbrian hills.’ Leon Bosch Double bassist and writer ‘There are more recordings of Schubert’s Trout Quintet than imaginable, and the most rewarding aspect in evaluating so many performances was the need to construct an objective framework of analysis.’…

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The BBC Music Magazine Awards are upon us once again – how time flies in lockdown! What continues to amaze me is the quality of the recordings that have continued to fly out of the studios despite the obvious challenges of the past 12 months. The stars have most definitely aligned for our Recording of the Year – with this year being the 500th anniversary of the composer Josquin, and The Tallis Scholars’ recording of his masses being the final volume in their nine-album, 34-year journey, the accolade couldn’t be more fitting. It’s also rather pleasing that violinist Tasmin Little’s very last recording for Chandos before retiring from playing has won the Chamber Award. All in all, I do hope you enjoy browsing this year’s full run-down of winners –…

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letter of the month

Arnold the organ wrecker Your profile of Malcolm Arnold (April) brought back memories of when I was involved in the Gerard Hoffnung concerts, both as orchestral librarian and general keyboard player. In 1958 Hoffnung had commissioned Arnold to write The United Nations. I was told that it had an organ part, but at the final rehearsal in the Festival Hall there was still no sign of it. When I enquired of Arnold he said ‘At the big climax when the “atom bomb” goes off, pull out all the stops and lean on the keys with your elbows!’ When the concert was repeated in 1959 I was shown a letter stating that, after the previous concert, the organ’s action fuses had all been blown due to the keys being held down together…

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have your say…

No Purple, Hayes? I congratulate Malcolm Hayes on his enthusiastic and insightful piece on Malcolm Arnold. I discovered Arnold’s music more than 60 years ago as a schoolboy and was captivated by his melodies and brilliant orchestrations. However, I was surprised that no mention was made of the extraordinary concert he conducted in September 1969, as it was history in the making. Arnold collaborated with rock band Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the premiere of John Lord’s Concerto for Rock Group and Orchestra. After difficult rehearsals, it was a triumph and played to a packed Albert Hall. Alan Freeman wrote in the Melody Maker: ‘the orchestra played like mad, the group played like demons and Malcolm Arnold conducted the orchestra like a man possessed! At times he looked…

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bbc radio 3 reveals plans to move northwards

In one of the most significant changes to the station since the Third Programme first aired in 1946, BBC Radio 3 is to shift its main base to Greater Manchester in 2023. At the same time, the BBC Concert Orchestra is to relocate away from London, moving to an as yet unnamed new home. A recent announcement has set out how Radio 3 is planning to increase the amount of programmes produced in MediaCityUK in Salford to over 50 per cent. It will, however, by no means be abandoning London, as work continues on a new development at East Bank, the future home for the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers that will incorporate state-of-the-art studios for broadcasts. The BBC Proms will also still continue at their traditional home…

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cathedral organist records through the night for nhs

In March, we reported how COVID-19 vaccinations were being administered at Salisbury Cathedral to the sound of organ music, played by director of music David Halls and his second-in-command, John Challenger. And now comes the take-away option. After the day’s jabbing had been completed and the needles packed away, Challenger returned in the dead of night to record Salisbury Meditation, to be sold in aid of the NHS. ‘We’ve built quite a close bond with the NHS workers and volunteers,’ says Challenger, ‘so this was an irresistible way to say “thank you”’. Featuring the gentler works by the likes of Bach, Elgar and Brahms that Challenger and Halls have been using to create a restful vaccination vibe over recent months, Salisbury Meditation can be bought from major online retailers via…