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BBC Music Magazine December 2017

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

Jessica Duchen Critic, writer and author ‘Talking to Krystian Zimerman, you hear the same voice you hear in his playing: wise, witty, sometimes startling, always ringing true. He’s a piano wizard – and, happily, the best interviewee in the world.’ Page 48 John Evans Journalist ‘In my short performing career I never cancelled a recital but came very close as the dreaded time drew near. Throw a sicky? Do a runner? I considered everything but in the end bit the bullet and did my duty.’ Page 56 Chris de Souza Writer and broadcaster ‘I have always felt proud that Britain had a Bach of its own. JC seems to have been a sunny character, who wrote a lot of sunny music. The sad ending to his short life deserves sympathy.’ Page 62…

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Is it really possible for a single performance to completely change your view of a piece of music – even a work that you must have heard hundreds of times? In this line of work, it happens with regularity. There I was, thinking I knew Schubert’s Impromptus backwards, having listened to more recordings of the pieces than I care to admit, and suddenly Alexei Lubimov came along a few years ago with a couple of restored early 19th-century pianos and tranformed their aural landscape. I haven’t heard them in the same light again. From the opening bars of Isabelle Faust’s new recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, you get a sense of its chamber qualities – the soloist much more a part of the whole than pitted against the symphony orchestra.…

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letter of the month

Hurray for Potter How encouraging for those of us who have realised that there is plenty of hugely enjoyable British music from the Classical and early Romantic periods, to hear Howard Shelley and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the Cipriani Potter concertos which received a fine review in BBC Music Magazine earlier this year. Those of us who know some of Potter’s symphonies would not have been surprised by the high quality of the outer concerto movements, but the revelation is in the two beautiful, dreamy slow movements. So when will we have the chance to obtain a proper appreciation of Potter’s cycle of symphonies and overtures? Nine of his symphonies are extant, yet only three have been commercially recorded. Perhaps one of the more enterprising CD companies will oblige?…

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have your say…

Looking good I have enjoyed BBC Music Magazine since its very first edition, especially the articles on composers and the reviews. Opening my copy this morning to see what gems were to be revealed, I was amazed and delighted at the improved format – the new font is much clearer and easier to read. I have always liked the Composer of the Month article and, again, the new layout is easier to read and I also like the shortened chronology. You have also improved the information on the cover disc, reverting to the original format that I enjoyed. Well done and thank you. Michael Shaw, via email Past glories Your new look is a huge success. I really admire the much clearer layout, the attractive new typeface and the clarity with which CD reviews…

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social gathering

Following our focus on Russian music in November, on social media we asked you to tell us which piece of music best encapsulated the Soviet era. Here are some of your replies: Prokofiev’s (pictured right) Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary: the Soviets banning it perfectly sums up the hypocrisy of the era – it’s brutally honest! Charlotte Perkins (@lottie_perkins) Shostakovich flipping the bird to Stalin in his Symphony No. 10 Gene De Lisa Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 – shows an exile longing for his homeland. Christopher Johnson The Iron Foundry Op. 19 by Alexander #Mossolov Orpheus (@OrpheusL) Alfred Schnittke’s First Symphony sums it all up Marek Škvarenina Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, with its ubiquitous 2nd movement (Stalin) and DS’s triumph in the finale Ben Daniell (@benjamindaniell) Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, as it was premiered a year after Stalin’s death Hiew Tze Jia (@hiewtzejia) 1st…

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shostakovich discovery made in moscow

A short work for viola and piano by Shostakovich has been discovered in the Moscow State Archives. The impromptu Op. 33 was unveiled on what would have been the composer’s 111th birthday, amid the events to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. The score itself comprises just three pages: a title sheet, a one-page viola part and a one-page piano part. The title page reveals that the work was composed on 2 May 1931 in Leningrad and was dedicated ‘in memory of our meeting’ to Alexander Mikhailovich, believed by scholars to be Alexander Mikhailovich Ryvkin, the violist and founder member of the Glazunov Quartet. Shostakovich was 24 when he composed the Impromptu; the work followed on from his deeply ironic ballet The Bolt, which had been deemed…