In the November issue of BBC Music Magazine, composer, author, painter and, of course, one of the UK’s finest pianists, Stephen Hough meets Jessica Duchen as he celebrates his 60th birthday. Having lived with ‘Long Covid’, Rebecca Franks is experimenting with the English National Opera program to help those suffering from respiratory problems caused by Covid-19. Claire Jackson, meanwhile, celebrates the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Aligheri, the writer behind The Divine Comedy. She looks back on the composers who were inspired by the author’s emblematic representations of hell.
Also this month, George Hall explains why Leoncavallo moved away from operas in Milan and Venice to premiere his 1912 opera. Zingari at London Racecourse, a famous spot for dancing animals and swimming stars. Brian Wise explores the growing popularity of concerts and operas set in cemeteries, while Daniel Jaffé meets Laurence Cummings, the new music director of the much-loved Academy of Ancient Music, in this month’s BBC Music Magazine interview. this.
Terry Williams names the best recordings of Bruckner’s Fifth Symphony, while Josquin Desprez is our Composer of the Month. On your CD cover, Zee Zee plays Liszt piano sonatas.
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