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BBC Music Magazine June 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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the month in music

ON STAGE Norse friends Founded by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Orkney’s St Magnus International Festival turns 40 this year. And it marks the occasion by exploring the islands’ historic Norwegian links. Performers from Norway appearing include The Trondheim Soloists, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Bergen Domkor… and a pair of celebrity Norwegian knitters! See p92 ON DISC Gidon with it Gidon Kremer (pictured) celebrated his 70th birthday in Februrary and, if his superb new album is anything to go by, the Latvian violinist is still firing on all cylinders. He’s joined forces with the Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov and Lithuanian cellist Giedrè Dirvanauskaite to record Rachmaninov’s two piano trios, with eloquent and dazzling results. p78 ON AIR Mountain Ayres Conductor Nicholas Collon’s Aurora Orchestra is famous for playing from memory, which is just how they will…

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this month’s contributors

Fiona Maddocks Music critic and author ‘In Mark Elder’s Manchester apartment, I was struck by all the art books and pictures. His daughter Katie Elder is a rising young artist. The last time I interviewed him, I think she was at primary school.’ Page 26 Humphrey Burton Writer and broadcaster ‘In 1967, when I produced a BBC documentary about Britten’s festival, I had no idea that I would one day become an Aldeburgher too. Today Snape Maltings, a 10-minute drive from me, is my favourite UK hall.’ Page 40 Claire Jackson Music journalist ‘The Paganini Rhapsody is one of Rachmaninov’s most explorative, creative works. Its richness has been captured on record by many different pianists – I thrilled at the opportunity to revisit some of my favourite discs.’ Page 56…

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Do you live in a house that was once owned by a famous classical musician? Perhaps Franz Liszt once leaned up against your mantelpiece; or Poulenc paced up and down your hallway? Ever since the 18th century, London, Birmingham, Manchester and other UK cities have been rich melting pots of international culture – and of course, visiting conductors, artists and composers in their droves needed to have somewhere to stay during their tours of the country’s great concert halls. They might have simply been put up by a friend, unfolding a Z bed to kip on the landing, or rather more lavishly bought their own pied-à-terre for easy access to their adoring fans… If your facade has been adorned with a shiny blue plaque commemorating a composer’s birthplace, or a…

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letter of the month picture power

The photograph of American composer Philip Glass taken by Laura Barisonzi (February cover feature, above) adds a great deal of detail to the article. The background environment is of unmitigated concrete structures of grey and black. All surfaces are hard, unforgiving and tightly closed, with only the smallest vestiges of black and barren tree branches barely discernible on the left. Glass, dressed in the same drab and dark colours of the background, faces us with an expressionless, uncompromising cold stare, his large black shoes firmly anchoring him to the concrete slabs of the walkway. Congratulations to Barisonzi for creating such a powerfully telling image which reflects the sterility so presciently depicted by TS Eliot in his 1922 poem The Waste Land. Brent Record, South Africa Every month the editor will award a…

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NORTHERN NEED I often agree with Richard Morrison, but I take issue with his article in the May issue on the need for a new London concert hall. The case for yet another venue in London is completely outweighed by the need for one elsewhere. Kendal, in Cumbria, for instance, is at the centre of a region bursting with musical activity. We host visiting world class soloists and the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestras; we are home to pianist Martin Roscoe, BBC Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam and others, and have any number of high quality amateur choirs and orchestras. Despite these riches, there is no concert hall anywhere between Manchester and Glasgow. All musical activities have to be tailored to fit in the frequently awkward spaces…

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bbc music magazine awards