BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine June 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

Kate Wakeling Writer and musicologist ‘It was a true delight to meet composer Caroline Shaw. We discussed everything from synaesthesia to flower pots to Kanye West, and her conversation proved just as vibrant and thoughtful as her music.’ Page 34 Steph Power Writer and composer ‘Delia Derbyshire created the iconic Doctor Who theme – and much more still to be recognised. Researching this great electronic music pioneer, I wish I’d known about her as a youngster, fascinated by sound.’ Page 46 Clare Stevens Classical music journalist ‘Exploring Parry’s Songs of Farewell brought back happy memories of performing the first song in the set; it was a pleasure to deepen my knowledge of the other five by listening to some fine recordings.’ Page 90…

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It must have been around 12 months ago that one of the more intriguing impacts of the coronavirus lockdown was reported from Venice: namely that, without daily traffic, the previously murky water of the Italian city’s canals had become both clean and clear, a sight that would have been familiar to residents and visitors in times past. The news will have doubtless have been noticed by Paul Atkin who, as George Hall explains in his fascinating feature on page 38, is doing his own bit to restore a former Venetian glory. Atkin’s project to rebuild the Teatro San Cassiano, the world’s first ever opera house, still has some way to go in terms of both funding and planning but, if realised, should prove a wonderful asset for both opera enthusiasts…

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letter of the month

Molto Beecham ma non troppo I enjoyed Brian Wise’s article on unwanted sounds on recordings (May issue). I tend to agree with the American tenor Jan Peerce that occasionally, like an unperforated stamp, these add value to a recording. My particular favourite is the December 1954 recording of a live performance of Sibelius’s Second Symphony – released on LP in 1962 and now available on YouTube – given by Sir Thomas Beecham and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Beecham yelping along at climactic moments. A reviewer at the time suggested that he was yelling ‘Play, you b……s, play!’ – and they certainly do. At the end the audience breaks into a huge burst of applause, and it’s very hard not to join in. The only problem is that I can’t listen…

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have your say…

Sneak preview Unwanted noise (see also left) can occur in the concert hall too. The Bridgwater Hall in Manchester sits on giant rubber bushes to eliminate vibration from the nearby railway, but the Hallé Orchestra’s previous home, the Free Trade Hall, was woefully short on soundproofing. If there was a quiet bit in an opening overture, the soloist in the concerto which was to follow could regularly be heard tuning up or indeed practising a recognisable passage. This went on for years, and the management must have known… Patrick Hoyte, Minehead Melodious Routledge In your feature on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (May issue), the accompanying ‘A big-name Beggar’ box about the 1984 BBC film adaptation comments favourably on the singing of Patricia Routledge as Mrs Peachum. I first heard Routledge singing in Sheridan’s…

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pappano to take up lso baton on rattle’s departure

From Hans Richter in 1904 to Sir Simon Rattle today, the London Symphony Orchestra’s list of chief conductors is a prestigious one. Now Sir Antonio Pappano is to join that list, as the LSO announces he is to take over the reins in September 2024. Before that, Pappano will spend a year as chief conductor designate as he brings his 22-year stint as music director of the Royal Opera House to a close. Since 1996 Pappano has often performed and recorded with the LSO The LSO has acted quickly in appointing a successor to Rattle, whose decision to move to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra was announced in January. Though it is not an exact like-for-like replacement, as Rattle held the wider-reaching post of music director, the orchestra is welcoming into the…

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manhattan performers find a new outlet for their music

If nothing else, 12-plus months of a worldwide pandemic has spurred musicians across the globe to new levels of inventiveness and inspiration as, with traditional means a no-go, they look for new ways to continue to bring their artistry to willing audiences. One particularly fine example is the Kaufman Music Center’s Musical Storefronts pop-up concert series in New York. Positioned safely behind a thick shop window, over 100 musicians, from classical to Broadway, have been serenading New Yorkers with their singing and playing, which is transmitted over speakers on the other side of the glass. Here, cellist Michael Katz and (hidden) pianist Spencer Myer do their own bit to bring a little melodiousness to passers-by in the Big Apple in late March.…