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THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS

Founded in 1923 by Sir Compton Mackenzie and Christopher Stone as ‘an organ of candid opinion for the numerous possessors of gramophones’

Celebrating the world’s greatest music festival ‘The trickle of superb Italian period performers which started in the early ’90s has turned into a torrent,’ says LINDSAY KEMP, who wrote this month’s Musician and the Score. ‘Roberta Invernizzi has played a major part in it. When I interviewed her about her Vivaldi arias disc, she was loud, garrulous, smart – about as Italian as could be, really!’

The Proms has become such an important part of our country’s cultural fabric that it’s easy to take it for granted. But we shouldn’t, which is why we’ve devoted a substantial section of this issue to exploring what the festival offers attendees in London and listeners throughout the world. Eight weeks of concerts – sometimes several a day – spanning repertoire from early music to the 21st century, performed by the world’s

In this month’s Icons feature, MIKE ASHMAN pays tribute to Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad. ‘The big rediscovery writing about her was the energy she put into the last decade of her life,’ he says. ‘She was determined to make up for the time that both she and her country had lost in the 1940s.’

‘I can’t admit to having been much of a Delius fan before,’ says DAVID THREASHER, ‘but mugging up on A Mass of Life in advance of my session report opened my ears to a composer who has clearly been long misunderstood. Learning this fine work was a great way to start what’s turning out for me to be quite a year of English music!’

greatest musicians and ensembles, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Daniel Barenboim conducting the complete Beethoven symphonies, baritone Bryn Terfel opening proceedings and tenor Joseph Calleja drawing them to a close. In the first 12 hours of sales, 97,000 tickets were bought: a record, and one which stands up admirably next to any pop festival or sporting event.

In this special Proms issue we’ve focused on one of the main themes of the season: the music of Debussy, whose 150th anniversary is marked with an exploration of his visionary, innovative works throughout the festival. The French composer’s approach to colour and expression changed 20th-century composition; even today,

‘In the first 12 hours of sales, 97,000 tickets were bought: a record, and one which stands up admirably next to any pop festival or sporting event’

composer Oliver Knussen tells us that Debussy’s presence hovers over every note he’s ever written. Geoffrey Norris speaks to Knussen and other leading Debussy interpreters about the composer’s life and legacy and about the works they are bringing to the Royal Albert Hall.

As well as offering full concert listings, we also find out what’s involved in transmitting the Proms beyond the concert hall, to the millions who listen on the radio or online, or who watch on television. We also celebrate the vast number of major youth ensembles appearing throughout the festival and look at what’s being offered in the programme of chamber music concerts.

concerts. music chamber of programme the the focus rightly, will, Olympics 2012 The

The 2012 Olympics will, rightly, focus the world’s attention on London for two thrilling weeks. But while the world’s greatest athletes push thrilling two for London on attention world’s push athletes greatest world’s the while But weeks.

the limits of achievement and excellence in in excellence and achievement of limits the the velodrome, the pool or on the track, let’s remember that the world’s greatest musicians do the same, every summer, just down the road in South Kensington.

FOR THE FULL LIST OF GRAMOPHONE REVIEWERS TURN TO PAGE 45

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