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    I stopped buying the magazine because it’s just a bit to light for me, especially since Gramophone has improved over the past years. Some of the CDs were very good but the last batch that I auditioned just seemed to be run through of basic repertoire that is already well represented in my collection. There are two discs of Schubert Piano music that I obtained from the early days of the magazine that I still play frequently.

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    I have the Honeck Mahler 1 with the BBC SO but compared to the Pittsburgh recording, that he put out years later, it's very average (although most Mahler 1sts are average in comparison to that disc). I read somewhere that Honeck studied his BBC recording to hear how he could improve his reading, prior to the Pittsburgh performance. It certainly worked. The Pittsburgh account is still my favourite Mahler 1st.

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    I have been subscribing to it for a while and do enjoy reading it. Even had a letter published

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    Picked this one up at the library sale but haven't listened to it yet.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    I have been subscribing to it for a while...
    You're not alone. Wiki est. of subscribers ca. 2015: 37,530

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    I stopped my subscriptions to BBC and a few other classical music mags. a few years ago. My problem with the BBC mag. was the very short and useless reviews plus not many reviews either. I did like the free CD though.

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    I've bought a few magazines over the years, and I've about a dozen of their CDs. My mother had a subscription in the 90s, she has dozens of their CDs. I like the short articles, easy and quick to read. Light fair, like a magazine but of a subject matter I find interesting. Some of the CDs are good, some not so good. That's hardly surprising.

    I've thought about getting a subscription but it's quite expensive to deliver here, and I've a small letter box in my apartment, I'm afraid the postman will fold and bend the magazine to fit it in. The bookstore usually has it for sale, though two months behind the current issue. So I usually buy it when the CD looks interesting.

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    There were some excellent (& rare) CDs issued by BBC magazine, during the years that I subscribed. (Yes, I've let my subscription lapse recently, but will likely re-subscribe at some point in the future). Two of my favorite BBC CDs were a Schubert String Quintet, with cellist Bernard Greenhouse (of the Beaux Arts Trio), and the Vellinger Quartet (whatever happened to them? they were so good!), and the only recording that I know of Pierre Boulez's 'complete' edition containing every note that Claude Debussy composed for Gabriele D'Aunnuzio's 1911 five act play, Le Martyre de saint Sébastien, as performed by the BBC Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer. The Schubert Quintet is one of the finest versions I know of that work, and the Debussy CD is essential listening for those, who, like myself, are on a quest to hear every note that Debussy composed. I see both CDs can still be purchased on Amazon UK (& they're more reasonably priced there than on Amazon US--last I checked):

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Schubert-St...rt+quintet+BBC
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Martyrdom-S...+st.+sebastien

    I also enjoyed the BBC interviews with various conductors (which would sometimes appear on the cover CDs with the magazine). I particularly recall being fascinated by Paul McCreesh's discussion of the music of George Frederic Handel, a composer that McCreesh excels in. Unfortunately, that may be a difficult CD to track down nowadays. There were also interesting interviews with John Eliot Gardiner (on Bach), and others.
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    I used to get it along with Gramophone and Classical CD, I have a stack of the CDs but now I get the free ‘On Line’ version I have not signed up for the free d/l but may do that now.
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    Performances aside, the BBC duo was (is??) well produced. Cover graphics of CD case are usually good, and that mag may have been the ultimate in "liner notes". But no cake and eating: many performances was are subpar.

    I don't recall if Music mag ran ads???

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