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BBC Music Magazine May 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 Varèse variety Given that he only left 12 complete works, lasting around three hours in total, devoting a whole ‘Immersion Day’ to the music of Edgard Varèse (pictured) may seem a little ambitious. However, a little can go a long way, as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s exploration of this groundbreaking (and rowdy) French-American composer should amply reveal. See p90 ON AIR Behind the Vale Founded by composer John Metcalf in 1969, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival has always shown an admirable dedication to celebrating living composers and the various delights of contemporary music. On 29 May, Radio 3’s In Concert features Paul Watkins playing his brother Huw’s Cello Concerto, written in 2016, plus works by Philip Glass. See p94 ON DISC Gorgeous Borgias Lucrezia Borgia was born into one of Renaissance Italy’s most…

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this month’s contributors

Bayan Northcott Composer and writer ‘The way that Mahler opens up a vast sense of symphonic “landscape”, filling his grand formal perspectives with all manner of musics, intensely felt sentiments and poignant poetic echoes seems to me unique.’ Page 22 Rebecca Franks BBC Music’s reviews editor ‘It’s exciting finding out which recordings you’ve voted for in the BBC Music Magazine Awards. The shortlists were wonderfully varied, proving the brilliance and creativity of today’s musicians and record labels.’ Page 32 Mike Scott Rohan Writer and critic ‘Writing about Wagner is always liable to draw unnerving responses from academics, axegrinders and obsessives, both pro and con. But opening up this unique music for others both confronts and refreshes my own love of it.’ Page 50…

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Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 has rarely sounded so thrillingly alive Once every so often, a recording will have an instant, profound effect. Listening to our Recording of the Year at the end of 2016, I had a strong feeling that it would be, at the very least, shortlisted for an award. And so it proved. The clarity of the sound, the passion of the musicianship, the arc of the symphonic narrative: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 has rarely sounded so thrillingly alive, its triumphant ending so defiant. It’s a wonderful testament to the work that Vasily Petrenko and his Liverpool players have put into their orchestra since the Russian joined them almost exactly ten years ago. The BBC Music Magazine Awards, now in their 12th year, shine a spotlight on a record industry…

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letter of the month

MUSIC’S PROTESTANT REFORMERS I enjoyed your article ‘Lutheran Legacies’ (April issue) but have a problem with the following sentence: ‘The rather bleak austerity of Protestant reformers like Calvin and Zwingli in Switzerland has rubbed off a little on Martin Luther’s posthumous reputation.’ Even today, Swiss German hymn books have kept at least two hymns written by Zwingli. And Calvin? Though he wasn’t a trained musician, he commissioned what is now known as the Geneva Psalter. It was the first containing rhymed paraphrases in French, set to 125 different melodies. With this publication, Calvin started a movement that didn’t stop at the borders of Switzerland. Scots call the ‘Old Hundredth’ their own, Germans wrote metric Psalms to fit the Geneva tunes and early Dutch immigrants brought them to North America. Daniel von Allmen, London Every…

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OPERA ON AIR When Tony Hall moved four years ago from running the Royal Opera House to being director-general of the BBC, a friend of mine (no lover of classical music) grumbled, ‘Now I suppose we’ll have wall-to-wall opera on BBC Four.’ He could not have been more wrong. Apart from the annual feast of the Proms, classical music has practically disappeared from BBC television. This is a real loss, especially for opera. Radio 3 still does its best for music in the concert hall, but opera demands to be seen as well as heard. A depressing sign of the times was BBC television’s recent treatment of Opera North’s widely acclaimed production of Wagner’s Ring. The entire cycle was broadcast on Radio 3 last year, but when it came to television, only…

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henry viii’s choir heard again

How might a Tudor mass have sounded in the era itself? A new surround-sound installation at The Vyne, a National Trust property in Hampshire, has been set up to answer just that by recreating a service as Henry VIII himself might have heard it. New recordings have been made specifically for the purpose – when visitors enter the house’s 16th-century chapel, they are now immersed in three-part polyphony by the composer Nicholas Ludford (see right) in an authentic setting, accompanied by the chants and shufflings of the priest and his various assistants by the altar. ‘What people will hear makes use of the text and chants that Henry VIII would have been familiar with,’ says Bangor University’s Professor John Harper, who led the research behind the project. ‘But this was…