BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine July 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

Richard Morrison Chief music critic, The Times ‘I expected to find Dalia Stasevska slightly guarded and reticent after the rumpus over last year’s Last Night of the Proms. Instead, I found the Finnish conductor full of joy, good ideas and high hopes.’ Page 26 Terry Blain Music journalist ‘The Irish Free State’s founding in 1922 injected classical music on the island with a new national self-confidence. Today’s generation of composers is the most exciting in its history, and the most distinctive.’ Page 50 Brian Wise Music journalist ‘Living in a large city, car stereos can be a wearying part of the urban din. But taking the driver’s seat to research my article gave me a newfound appreciation for how far auto audio systems have evolved.’ Page 54…

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For those with a keen interest in the history of live music, the Proms Performance Archive on the BBC website is an endlessly fascinating resource. One could spend hours in its company, browsing the details of every concert going right back to when Henry Wood first brandished his baton in August 1895. But the names and numbers can only tell you part of the story, of course. In years to come, a click on ‘Saturday, 12 September 2020’ will inform you that Dalia Stasevska conducted a Last Night whose programme included works by Vaughan Williams and Sibelius, plus the traditional festivities. It won’t, though, tell you that she did so with no audience present. When Stasevska returns for the First Night of this year’s BBC Proms, the scene should – we hope…

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letter of the month

Scots missed Beethoven’s piano trio settings of so-called ‘Scottish Songs’ are well worth a listen. However, Sarah Urwin Jones’s review of the Hammer Clavier Trio’s new recording in your May issue does not mention the deliberately concealed sources of the music, which lay in traditional Gaelic songs. The Edinburgh publisher George Thomson sent the songs to Beethoven stripped of their titles and Gaelic words, and there is correspondence where Beethoven complains that he cannot properly set the music without understanding what the song is about. Thomson did not reply. His perfidious concealment was recently exposed by German Gaelic and music scholar Michael Klevenhaus. Gaelic and Scots versions of the songs were performed at a Celtic Connections Concert in Glasgow and this concert and an accompanying documentary were shown on the BBC…

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have your say…

Scary Wagner Many thanks for Ashutosh Khandekar’s fascinating article on the supernatural in opera (June issue) and Richard Morrison’s column on ten concert works that scare him (I agree about all ten). The first piece of classical music to give me an authentic frisson of terror and unease was a recording of Otto Klemperer conducting the overture to Wagner’s Rienzi – the atmosphere of brooding malignity and violent arrogance is palpable and distilled. Whether that was the composer’s intention is arguable but I subsequently learned that Hitler, an ardent Wagnerite, claimed to have conceived the idea for the Nazi Party after witnessing a performance of the opera. It is not surprising that, in those once ubiquitous television documentaries on Hitler and the rise of the Nazis, some of the most frequently…

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fang zhang strikes bbc young musician gold

After 23 years, BBC Young Musician finally has its second ever percussion winner: 17-year-old Fang Zhang. The former Chetham’s student won in a final like no other, with a socially distanced judging panel, an empty Bridgewater Hall and three finalists who had been forced to wait over a year before they could return to the stage to perform their concertos. Zhang’s performance was judged ‘flawless, with commitment and bravura’ Also unusual was the line-up of instruments: a French horn, marimba and oboe. And the repertoire was sufficiently off the beaten track for Mark Wigglesworth, who conducted the BBC Philharmonic in the concerto round, to admit he ‘didn’t know any of the music before this final’. Two of the three works chosen by the finalists were composed by women, and all three were…

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the sacconi quartet goes for a walk on the wild side

As you’ll no doubt remember from reading last month’s Full Score pages, composer Roxanna Panufnik has written a piece of music based on the heartbeat of a European Brown Bear and was making plans to let him hear it. Well, in what was one of the most unusual live performances we’ve yet experienced, she did just that. Panufnik was joined by the Sacconi Quartet at Bristol’s Wild Place Project for a performance of the second movement of her work, Heartfelt. Front and centre in the audience – albeit at a safe distance – was Albie, the handsome bear whose heartbeat inspired the piece, along with his siblings. Whether he enjoyed it we’ll never really know, but he appeared relaxed and attentive as the music drifted through the sun-lit wooded enclosure.…