BBC Music Magazine - - Contents - Oliver Condy Editor

There are some record­ings that take time to en­ter the blood­stream, their hold on you in­creas­ing with every lis­ten. But there are some that grab from the open­ing bar, their mu­sic and our ears meet­ing across a prover­bial crowded room.

Our Record­ing of the Year is one such ‘love at first lis­ten’, its open­ing track, the rel­a­tively un­fa­mil­iar Pre­lude and Fughetta in G, BWV 902 gaining in­stant-hit sta­tus un­der the fin­gers of pi­anist Víkingur Ólaf­s­son. Ólaf­s­son’s se­cret to the al­bum’s suc­cess is to adopt a style of play­ing that stands at the mid­point be­tween ob­jec­tive per­for­mance and free in­ter­pre­ta­tion, an ap­proach that gives the im­pres­sion of stand­ing aside and let­ting the hu­man­ity of the mu­sic shine through, un­in­ter­rupted. Ev­ery­one, he tells me, has their own Bach – and that’s a truth that makes the uni­ver­sal ap­peal of this ex­tra­or­di­nary record­ing all the more im­pres­sive.

We’re ex­cited to re­veal the winners of the BBC Mu­sic Mag­a­zine Awards – all record­ings you re­ally must hear. It’s a glad­den­ing thought that po­ten­tial winners for next year’s awards have al­ready been re­leased, and we’re not yet half­way through 2019.

Talk­ing of record­ings: we’re very proud to present as our cover CD this is­sue a rav­ish­ing disc of hymns, songs and an­thems per­formed by 2018’s winners of Radio 2’s Young Cho­ris­ters of the Year. I do hope you en­joy it.

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