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BBC Music Magazine March 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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a month in music

The recordings, concerts, broadcasts and websites exciting us in March On 3 March we’ll be packing a member of the BBC Music Magazine team off to Birmingham along with pyjamas and teddy. The reason? An all-night piano recital at the city’s Town Hall. The nocturnal music-making begins at 7.30pm, with performers including Peter Donohoe, Di Xiao (pictured) and a ‘mystery special guest’. See p98 ON AIR Dead good Radio 3 ponders mortality on 6 March when it broadcasts a Southbank Centre concert entitled ‘Music to die for’. Dipping into opera and film music, the BBC Concert Orchestra explores musical responses to death, including Wagner and Janácek, plus Richard Rodney Bennett’s score to the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. See p102 ONLINE Novel idea Head to our website, where we are offering the chance to…

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this month’s contributors

Critic, journalist and author ‘As a teenager I played in a masterclass with Imogen Cooper and ever since I’ve followed her deepening artistry with great joy. She is more than a pianist: she is a musician’s musician, and a true inspiration.’ Page 22 Roger Nichols French music expert ‘Here in the Marches it has been raining for four days almost non-stop. Dinu Lipatti’s Chopin Waltzes are a reason to go on living and a perfect antidote to the pungent smell of wet dog.’ Page 50 Anthony Burton Writer and editor ‘As a Radio 3 producer in the 1970s, I was intrigued when a US pianist offered a programme including music by “Mrs H.H.A. Beach”. Since then, I’ve enjoyed discovering about this remarkably gifted composer.’ Page 60…

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Composers’ surroundings are valuable in our search for an interpretation In his opinion column this month, Richard Morrison describes how composers’ houses (with reference to the recent Ravel house debacle) can give some treasured insight into the great masterpieces. As someone who has visited a few composer homes over the years, I would add that it’s the smaller details in those houses that contribute, too, to our view of a composer’s life and mindset. Sibelius’s home, Ainola, just outside Helsinki, is preserved, as far as possible, in the state it was when the Finn was writing some of his finest work. His desk chair has been charmingly placed at a slight angle, as if the composer has pushed it back and stepped out to make himself a cup of tea. Or indeed…

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letter of the month

Yes, Alan Blumlein was one the pioneers of stereo sound (January issue). But, as with many innovations, there were others too who contributed to the development of stereo. It was not just Blumlein, as implied by the exclusive credit in your article. Harvey Fletcher, of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., achieved stereo recording on film in 1931. He and Arthur Keller invented a 45-degree stereo recording method, and in 1936 a stereo phonograph record. In 1933, Fletcher managed to transmit a Philadelphia Orchestra performance from Philadelphia to Washington DC in stereo over telephone lines. Conductor Leopold Stokowski collaborated with Bell Labs scientists on some of these early projects. So while Alan Blumlein was inventive, so too were the scientists of Bell Labs. They – and others – all deserve sharing in the credit…

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Write to: The editor, BBC Music Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN or email: How saddened I was to read in the February issue of the passing of Anthony Goldstone (b1944) at the beginning of this year. As soon as I heard Goldstone play, I knew that he was a pianist whose tone and interpretation was going to enlighten me. He also had a deep understanding of the music itself, as reflected in his expansive and intelligent sleeve notes. My hearing of Schubert and the other greats led me to listen to other works he recorded by lesser-known composers such as Lyapunov, Gál and Graham Whettam – none of which ever disappointed. Paul Lofthouse, York A FRESH VIEW? As I was going through my old issues of BBC Music, I stumbled…

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radio 3 to celebrate a nobel cause

Peace Prize winner will take centre stage as station marks International Women’s Day Radio 3 has revealed how it plans to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March with a range of programmes devoted to the work of female composers. As well as championing the music of women composers of the past, the station will also be celebrating today’s leading talent, not least by broadcasting the premieres of three new choral works. Perhaps the most eye-catching of those premieres will be Speak Out by Kate Whitley, which sets words from a speech given to the UN in July 2013 by Nobel Peace Prizewinner Malala Yousafzai. In 2012, Yousafzai, then 15, hit the headlines when she was shot by the Taliban for writing a blog in which she campaigned for the rights of…