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BBC Music Magazine December 2019

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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1 min.
this month’s contributors

Elizabeth Davis Journalist ‘Earlier this year I moved to Singapore, and alongside the delicious food and amazing weather it’s been such a pleasure to discover the city’s vibrant music scene and big ambitions.’ Page 70 Fiona Maddocks Writer and journalist ‘Hildegard von Bingen and I have ended up living with each other since I wrote a book about her back in 2001. I certainly didn’t expect a 12th-century composer-visionary-nun to become a key part of my life.’ Page 72 Terry Williams Writer and journalist ‘The whooping horn flourishes in the coda of Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony grab me every single time. Listening to the dozens of recordings of this 19th-century masterpiece has been a rare pleasure.’ Page 78…

1 min.
welcome

Centuries after their deaths, the great composers are still exerting their influence. But who has had the greatest impact of them all? Who is the finest among them? Rather than poll performers, critics or academics, we decided to ask today’s composers – 174 of them, in fact. After all, they’re the people who look daily to those greats for inspiration, who follow in their footsteps in trying to work out where music is heading, and who grapple with developing their own individual voices, capturing and realising often fleeting musical ideas. Anyone can name their favourite composer (my own list of five would change by the day), but a composer who can command the respect of those who understand the naked fear of a blank manuscript, a looming deadline or the…

1 min.
letter of the month

A storming success In the November issue (Letters), you ask us for the first pieces that got us into classical music. In the 1950s, when I was ten, my father bought a small record player and got me a 10-inch LP of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony from the cheap-and-cheerful Classics Club. I listened with fascination to the ‘story’, and played the record many times without knowing much at all about classical music. I then had to sit the 11-plus exam, and when I was given the English Essay paper, there on the list of optional topics was ‘The Storm’. I didn’t stop to see what the other choices were; I just started writing. I didn’t have to plan the essay: Beethoven had already done that. I told the story of the Pastoral…

4 min.
have your say…

Hours of pleasure On the subject of works that first inspired us (see also Letter of the Month, left), Children’s Hour on the BBC Home Service in the late 1940s introduced me to the delights of classical music. Works I encountered there included an extract from Walton’s Façade, used to introduce the whimsical Said the Cat to the Dog, and Elgar’s gentle Chanson de Matin, which preceded the exciting thriller serial Bunkle Butts In. On Mondays, Helen Henschel gave a series of talks entitled Music at Random which she introduced with a piano arrangement of the main theme from the last movement of Brahms’s First Symphony, and another Children’s Hour serial began with an excerpt from a Shostakovich symphony. Determined to hear more Shostakovich, I thus embarked on my first voyage of…

2 min.
plácido domingo leaves la opera and ny met

Plácido Domingo has resigned from his role as general director of Los Angeles Opera (LA Opera), as allegations of historical misconduct gather pace. The singer and conductor also cancelled his appearance at the New York Metropolitan Opera (The Met) and appears to have ended ties with the organisation, bringing to an end a relationship between the star singer and the venue that goes back over half a century. Since the initial report, a total of 20 women have now accused Domingo When accusations of sexual harassment against the Spanish tenor/baritone first appeared in the Associated Press (AP) in late August, LA Opera announced that it would undertake its own independent investigation, without suspending Domingo. While that investigation is still underway, Domingo has said that he felt he needed to leave LA Opera…

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english national opera invites artists to draw the curtains

English National Opera’s recent history has been nothing if not colourful – a trend that seems set to continue, though in a more literal sense, with the inauguration of its new Jonathan Miller Safety Curtain scheme. To celebrate its long-term association with the leading director, the company is going to reveal a new safety curtain designed by a prominent artist at the start of each season. Kicking things off before the first night of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice recently was the above Chagall-like design by Luke Edward Hall, complete with a left-handed violinist. It certainly got people talking.…