BBC Music Magazine

magazine Jan 01 2021 · BBC Music Magazine

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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.



BBC Music Magazine

Have your say… • Write to: The editor, BBC Music Magazine, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST Email: Social media: contact us on Facebook and Twitter


Ivors Awards recognise a year of composing talent • Jonny Greenwood and Richard Blackford among those on the 2020 winners’ list

Ivors Composer Awards 2020 • Some of the highlights

Great honour makes organist swell with pride


Sound Bites

Rising Stars • Three to look out for…

Doctor Brahms indulges in some academic frivolity

Also in January 1881

Experience shows music is a matter of taste

DÉJÀ VU • History just keeps on repeating itself…

Outi Tarkiainen

Studio Secrets

REWIND • Great artists talk about their past recordings

Buried Treasure • Pianist Sabine Weyer shares three cherished recordings from her own collection

Sibelius, master of the cold


Music to my ears • What the classical world has been listening to this month



Our Choices • The BBC Music Magazine team’s current favourites

Richard Morrison • A vaccine may be on the horizon, but there’s a long road to recovery ahead

Home Service • Faced with blank schedules and a cancelled honeymoon, violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Tom Poster turned their thoughts to playing for others online. The resulting #UriPosteJukeBox, they tell Freya Parr, proved a major hit

2020: a year of bright ideas • RPS Inspiration Award winners

Away from the JukeBox • Elena Urioste and Tom Poster on disc

James Ehnes

James Ehnes on disc • Six of his finest recordings

Inspiringpresences • Jessica Duchen looks at the figures who, through physical beauty or other compelling qualities, became muses for the great composers

Pay it forward • Providing financial and moral support to emerging young musicians has proved to be one of life’s most rewarding experiences, explains David Lipsey

Lord Lipsey

A star in time • Geoffrey Smith remembers a brilliant musician whose rhythmic and tonal free-wheeling helped him become the epitome of 1950s and ’60s cool

Take Five • The best of Brubeck

15 socially distanced works • Claire Jackson explores a number of pandemic-ready pieces that already require their musicians to perform suitably apart

WELCOME BACK! LIVE MUSIC GUIDE 2021 • Introducing a season packed with performances we thought we’d never see, and a good deal more

Christchurch New Zealand • Clive Paget visits the resilient South Island city that turned two devastating earthquakes into a spectacular cultural opportunity

New Zealand’s wizard

Tomaso Albinoni • As the 350th anniversary of his birth draws near, the prolific but surprisingly obscure Venetian is explored by Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Albinoni’s style


Piano Trio No. 2 Dmitri Shostakovich • Erik Levi listens to the best recordings of the Soviet composer’s bleak work for piano, violin and cello, written at a time of personal tragedy

The composer

Three other great recordings

Continue the journey… • We suggest works to explore after Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2

A solid gold ‘Silver Age’ from Daniil Trifonov • The pianist undertakes this...

BBC Music Magazine