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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine July 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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United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min.
the month in music

ON AIR First night verve The fun is about to start! On 14 July, BBC Radio 3 will be beginning two months of coverage from the Royal Albert Hall, as the station broadcasts each and every BBC Prom live. The task of lighting the First Night touchpaper falls to Edward Gardner, who conducts pianist Igor Levit and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Beethoven and John Adams. See p92 ONLINE A Proms party We, of course, will also be celebrating the world’s biggest classical music festival on the BBC Music Magazine website. For full coverage of the BBC Proms, including artist interviews, season highlights and our own reviews from the Albert Hall, join us at classical-music.com . And, naturally, we’d love to hear about your BBC Proms experiences this summer, too. ON STAGE…

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this month’s contributors

Stephen Johnson Critic and author ‘I’ve been drawn to Finland since I fell for Moomintroll and the music of Sibelius as a child. That love is now enriched by knowledge of that magical country. When I’m stressed, I often think of rocks, trees and lakes, and of twilit summer nights.’ Page 34 Geoffrey Smith Radio 3 presenter and writer ‘Ella Fitzgerald was a vocal wonder, a natural virtuoso whose technique flowed from her inspired creativity and joy in performance, illuminating every note. Which is why she’s adored by singers of every genre.’ Page 42 Daniel Jaffé Writer and critic ‘His friendship Vaughan Williams apart, Holst has usually been thought of as a rather lone figure. It has been very exciting to discover crucial friendships with other musicians that inspired him as a creative artist.’ Page 52…

2 min.
welcome

Listening live to world-class concerts is one of the great thrills of our age The planner is up on the kitchen door, the Proms guide given pride of place on the coffee table and my diary is marked with the concerts I plan to see. The anticipation of those eight weeks of wall-to-wall music is as much a part of the Proms as the music itself. Even the stroll through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens from Paddington to the Royal Albert Hall has become part of my summer ritual, the magnificent venue hoving into view as I make my way through the avenues of lime trees, past the Albert Memorial. And when I’m at home of an evening, the dial on my radio (and yes, my FM radio does have a…

1 min.
letter of the month northern powerhouse

I was delighted to read in your June issue that Richard Farnes had won the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductor Award. The outstanding Opera North production of Wagner’s Ring cycle that he conducted brought about a renewed awareness of this stupendous music drama. In their production, the orchestra took its place at the centre of the stage, which showcased the central role of the strings. The singers performed directly into the auditorium, giving an immediacy and intimacy over and above that of a fully staged performance. It was as though one became the character being addressed: Wotan singing to you as though you were Brünnhilde. The minimal action of the singers drew you further into the epic, and deeper into the music. All the while, Richard Farnes got on with the job…

3 min.
letters

EDUCATED OPINION I was amazed by the response to Charlotte Gill’s article in The Guardian, ‘Music education is now only for the white and the wealthy’. Six hundred signatories from the musical world signed a letter opposing her stance on sight-reading – that it should be given up in favour of aural learning – and, in your June issue, Richard Morrison also unleashed his fury. Of those 600 names, almost all are professional musicians and teachers. Where are the audience members? The most noticeable feature of classical audiences now is the vast preponderance of grey heads, and the lack of youngsters. There is no shortage of talented young performers, but persuading young audiences to attend a concert hall is difficult. Is it easier for educationalists to measure and gain league table points for…

2 min.
strad supremacy challenged by study

Theories abound as to what it is that makes Stradivarius violins sound so special, whether it’s the wood that they are made from, the type of varnish applied, the shape of the curves or whatever. What is generally agreed, however, is that they have a superior sound to other violins and, in particular, to more modern ones. But do they? A new study from France has threatened to turn this conventional wisdom on its head by showing how, in blind tests, audiences appear to prefer listening to recently made violins than Antonio Stradivari’s masterpieces of the late-17th and early-18th centuries. In the tests, conducted by a team from Pierre and Marie Curie University in concert halls in Paris and New York, performers played three modern instruments and three Stradivarii to audiences who…