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BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine October 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 Romantic Oxford Could one imagine a mistier, more mellow example of autumnal music-making than the ‘The Last Romantics’ in the city of dreaming spires (pictured)? This year’s Oxford Lieder Festival has Mahler and his contemporaries at the heart of a programme that features singers such as soprano Sylvia Schwartz, tenors Ian Bostridge and Mark Padmore, and mezzo Dame Sarah Connolly. See p107 ONLINE Access all arias As we’re talking all things operatic, here’s where you can see a free performance or two. The Opera Platform live-streams productions from opera houses all over Europe, and documentaries about the art form. Current highlights include a history of opera across 400 years, and Puccini’s Madam Butterfly with soprano Ermonela Jaho in the title role. See ON DISC Intimate Vespers If you’re searching for a landmark…

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this month’s contributors

George Hall Writer and editor ‘Because of its meshing together of music and drama, and its concentration on character, action and ideas expressed through music, opera is endlessly fascinating for those of us who have the joy of writing about it.’ Page 22 Catherine Loveday Lecturer, Westminster University ‘As a musician and memory researcher, I have long been intrigued by the very powerful and intimate way that music attaches itself to significant people, places and periods across the course of our life.’ Page 44 Terry Blain Writer and reviewer ‘Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony does much more than simply describe the sea. Walt Whitman’s poetry hymns the spiritual power of the natural world, and VW matches it with music of visionary insight and intensity.’ Page 74…

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Opera is the art form to unite all art forms, created out of drama, music, poetry, literature and art… In its relatively short 400-year history, opera has come to dominate classical music in its ambition, scope and expense – the grandest of operas will employ thousands. It creates heroes out of its artists, attracts unwelcome – and often unfair – accusations of elitism, and is the ultimate symbol of a progressive society, evidenced by the number of brand new opera houses springing up from China to Oman. But opera is also intensely intimate, individual members of a 2,000-strong audience undergoing a personal experience, the composer communicating directly and uniquely with each of us. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to compare the power of an operatic performance with a religious ceremony.…

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young people deserve better

Richard Morrison is right that for classical music to survive, we need to shout about its benefits (September). As an amateur musician, I know that my life is enriched by music. As a science teacher, I know the damage that downgrading music and arts in schools in England as a direct result of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will do to the young people I teach. There is clear evidence that high-quality musical tuition has benefits to numeracy, literacy, self-confidence, resilience, motor skills, empathy, information processing and attention span. These are benefits I want for the pupils in my science class, because I know they will help them become better scientists; these are benefits I want for every child regardless of their ambitions or home circumstances, because I know they will have…

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GREAT LIBERTIES Readers of Erik Levi’s Building a Library (September) may be interested in an aside on a version of Schubert’s ‘Great’ C major Symphony in the ‘great recordings’. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, interprets Schubert’s marking on the symphony’s last note as a diminuendo, not an accent. To make this work he has to extend that last note to twice its written length – and he disguises that (in advance) by slowing the tempo to lengthen the rests between the two previous chords. Schubert wrote no ritardando here, any more than he asked for an accelerando at the end of the first movement’s introduction into the Allegro, thus surely confirming uniformity of pulse with the foregoing Andante. He was also punctilious in indicating the precise length of his…

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anger as musicians’ church falls silent

‘Churches should be places where all can walk through the door and all are welcome’ The London church in which the ashes of BBC Proms founder Sir Henry Wood are buried is to shut its doors as a concert and a rehearsal venue, a move that has caused fury and sadness among music-lovers. Popularly known as ‘The National Musicians’ Church’, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in Holborn has long been an important hub of musical activity in the area and, as well as being Sir Henry’s last resting place, also has windows commemorating composer John Ireland and soprano Dame Nellie Melba. However, the current vicar, David Ingall, has taken the decision that, from now on, the only music to be heard within its walls must be of a religious nature, saying in a letter…