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Editor Oliver Condy Deputy editor Jeremy Pound Harty’s An Irish Symphony Reviews editor Michael Beek Donnacha Dennehy’s The Hunger Digital editor & staff writer Freya Parr Gerald Barry’s Canada Cover CD editor Alice Pearson Field’s Nocturne No.
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BBC PROMS TV and BBC iPlayer
Around 20 of this year’s Proms will be filmed and made available to watch on BBC iPlayer, including the first two concerts of the season: the First Night of the Proms (30 July) and The Golden Age of Broadway (31 July). The First Night sees works by V
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The Sacconi Quartet Goes For A Walk On The Wild Side
As you’ll no doubt remember from reading last month’s Full Score pages, composer Roxanna Panufnik has written a piece of music based on the heartbeat of a European Brown Bear and was making plans to let him hear it. Well, in what was one of the most
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Symphony No. 2 Alexander Borodin
Composed 1869-76 then revised several times up to the composer’s death in 1887, Borodin’s Second has long been recognised as the first great Russian symphony. Much of its pioneering originality can be ascribed to its being the wild offspring of an al
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Opening Thoughts
Let’s start at the beginning. Or, at least, what used to be the beginning. As someone who has been attending orchestral concerts for a very long time, I’ve noticed that over the decades we have witnessed the decline of the overture to a point where i
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Eastman’s Style
Several of Eastman’s works are intended for any group of identical instruments, with up to 18 players. The ensuing harmonic overtones (evident when the instruments slip into unison) are a key characteristic. Kukuruz Quartet have shown how well this m
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A Stimulating Tour Of Some Lesser-known Treasures
Audax ADX 13729 76:26 mins  This survey of 17th-century sonatas and related forms scored for three violins and continuo embraces Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, and features several pieces likely to be unfamiliar. What e
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Sankofa Takes Flight
Amaro Freitas (piano), Jean Elton (bass), Hugo Medeiros (drums, percussion) Far Out Recordings FARO 225 The Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas hails from Recife, but the region’s jaunty music is not the main element in his trio’s art. Though highly rh
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The Proms’ First Night
Unlike the Last Night of the Proms which, since the 1940s at least, has followed a much-loved set routine, the First Night has been a more shape-shifting beast. The very first First Night, on 10 August 1895, was something of a multi-national pot-pour
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Our Choices
Hearing the sad news of the death of Anthony Payne (see p21) took me back to over 20 years ago when, as an eager young editorial assistant, I interviewed the composer about his completion of Elgar’s Third Symphony. Though I’ve since gone back on my o
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The Composer
Today, Borodin is better remembered as a composer than a scientist, but he himself saw his priorities lie the other way round – a highly respected professor of chemistry at the Medical-Surgical Academy, he fit his musical activities around groundbrea
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Also in July 1877
c.1st: The final instalment of Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is published in the periodical The Russian Messenger. With a plot centring on the doomed affair between the title character and Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, Tolstoy’s work explores
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Julius Eastman
Julius Eastman’s music seethes and soothes; it caresses, charges and challenges. His varied compositions reveal the thrill and pain of being an outsider – many are testament to his intersecting identity. In an unusual triumvirate of talents, Eastman
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Jazz
It’s been ten years since UK-based saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings first introduced his Sons Of Kemet project, but the group’s torrent of ‘rhythmic relentlessness’ (his words) is unabated. Conceived in the wake of the George Floyd murder, the performan
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Birthday Celebrations And Classic Songs
He was an explosive personality on and off the podium, so it’s with some delight that we get to experience Artur Rodzinski – The Complete Columbia Album Collection ( 19439787752 ). This 16-disc set is in fact a slice of the conductor’s large back cat
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Welcome
After well over a year of sitting at my desk at home, I am currently itching to whisk myself off to foreign climes. But while the prospect of a holiday may not yet be on the cards, we can at least travel through music. So join us this month as we vis
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World
An acoustic album with an electric sense of place and strong historical significance is Songs Of Govan Old. It’s the debut of Scottish singer/songwriter Norrie MacIver, whose melodic storytelling songs often commemorate working class heroes and heroi
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We’re In The Middle Of A Chain Reaction…
Mention ‘pedals’ in the context of the Royal Festival Hall, and it’s usually the venue’s organ that springs to mind. Not so on 9 July, when the London Sinfonietta’s world premiere of Laura Bowler’s Houses Slide will be powered by 16 on-stage cyclists
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A Chat With Ludwig
‘Paper. Barber’s razor. Archduke’s receipt. Watch. Suspenders. Blotting paper. Shoe-horn for Karl. Chamber pot.’ In this to-do memo by the 49-year-old Beethoven, the humble items to be dealt with indicate the parameters of his universe. They touch on
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Lessons From The Top
Encouraged by his teacher, Randall Goosby joined the Perlman Music Program for gifted string players and pianists, a training scheme created by Izhak Perlman and his wife Toby. Founded by the couple in 1994, the programme is now based at a 28-acre pr
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The Month In Numbers
66 … years since it was disbanded, the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra has been revived to support musicians affected by the pandemic. 13,000 … singers have been encouraged by Truro Cathedral to join a global virtual chorus in Cornwall for the G7 summi
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Ludwig In The Mind
The New York novelist Sanford Friedman never got to see his last book, Conversations With Beethoven, in print, as it was published after his death in 2010. In it, Friedman tells the narrative of the last months of Beethoven’s life through the medium
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Matthew Locke
Exeter’s most illustrious musical son left his mark – literally – on the city’s cathedral, where he sang as a chorister. When the historic organ was recently removed for refurbishment, the signature (dated 1638) of the future composer to Charles II w
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Zemlinksy’s Mermaid Makes A Splash
Schreker: Der Geburtstag der Infantin; Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko Onyx ONYX 4197 78:20 mins Alexander Zemlinsky’s attitude to his opulently scored Die Seejungfrau, (The Mermaid) remains somethin
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Farewell To…
One of the 20th century’s greatest singers, Christa Ludwig brought glamour and grit to the many roles she embodied throughout a varied and thrilling career. A versatile and tenacious performer, she was just as at home singing a Schubert song cycle as
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Sir Mark Elder
My three top overtures: ‘Weber’s Der Freischütz is a wonderful overture: strong, substantial and a Hallé favourite – not just of our founder conductor, Charles Hallé, but also of John Barbirolli. ‘ Berlioz wrote some of the best overtures and Benvenu
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A Dazzling And Dramatic Debut From A Rising Star
Tenor Arias by Bellini, Buzzi-Peccia, Cardillo, Di Capua, Falvo, Gastaldon, Innocenzi, Leoncavallo, Mazzucchi, Puccini, Respighi, Tagliaferri, Tosti, Trapani/Lange and Valente Freddie De Tommaso (tenor); London Philharmonic Orchestra/Renato Balsadonn
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This Month’s Contributors
‘I expected to find Dalia Stasevska slightly guarded and reticent after the rumpus over last year’s Last Night of the Proms. Instead, I found the Finnish conductor full of joy, good ideas and high hopes.’ Page 26 ‘The Irish Free State’s founding in
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A Well-shaped And Joyous Account
It is perhaps futile to try to find an ideal ‘authentic’ performance. Borodin died before he could complete a definitive version of his symphony, and it was left to Rimsky-Korsakov, with Glazunov’s assistance, to tidy its score for publication and ad
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Three To Look Out For
Alan Davey , the controller of BBC Radio 3, picks out three great moments to tune into this July We now think of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 as the ‘Kreutzer’, but its first performer and dedicatee was George Bridgetower. After a falling-out bet
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