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BBC Music Magazine’s brand new podcast, Music to my Ears, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to ensure you never miss an episode.

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BBC Music Magazine’s brand new podcast, Music to my Ears, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to ensure you never miss an episode.

    Amy Dickson - Saxophonist

    Amy Dickson - Saxophonist

    Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson tells us about the music that’s shaped her life, from the Spanish piano music she listened to in the car as a child to Philip Glass’s violin transcriptions, which helped her learn how to circular breathe.

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    • 21 min
    Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichordist

    Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichordist

    Following his recital with recorder player Michaela Petri at the Bath Bachfest, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani strolled around the centre of the Georgian city with Oliver Condy and shared his favourite music, including a symphonic discovery and the single piece of music he couldn’t live without…

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    • 26 min
    Introducing Music to my Ears

    Introducing Music to my Ears

    BBC Music Magazine’s brand new podcast, Music to my Ears, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries. Join us for a new episode every Wednesday and Subscribe to stay updated.
     
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    • 1 min
    Bluegrass Music • Gregorian Chant • Return of the BBC Proms

    Bluegrass Music • Gregorian Chant • Return of the BBC Proms

    In this month's podcast, we discuss Yo-Yo Ma's intrepid musical exploration across the globe, from the Silk Road to Appalachian America. Plus, we discuss the plans for this year's slightly different BBC Proms season and what London's Wigmore Hall is doing to welcome artists back to its stage.


    We've also each brought along a new recording we've been enjoying, including a fresh interpretation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, plus works by Morton Gould and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain.




    NEWS:
    Pentecost - Sequentia - Veni Sancte Spiritus
    Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, Provence




    THE MAGAZINE
    Scarcely Cricket
    Not Our First Goat Rodeo
    Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Stuart Duncan (violin), Edgar Meyer (bass), Chris Thile (mandolin)
    Sony Masterworks 19439738552


    Shostakovich
    Piano Concerto No. 1: IV. Presto
    Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’/Vladimir Jurowski
    Hyperion CDA68313




    FIRST LISTEN
    Freya's choice:
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio
    MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis
    Sony 19075884972


    Michael's choice:
    Louis-Gabriel Guillemain : Symphony in E flat major, Op. 14 No.2 : I. Allegro
    Brillance Indéniable
    Alana Youssefian (violin), Le Bien Aimé
    Avie AV2412


    Jeremy's choice:
    Morton Gould – Symphonettes
    Conga from Symphonette No. 4
    ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Arthur Fagen
    Naxos 8559869






    This podcast was presented by BBC Music Magazine’s deputy editor Jeremy Pound, with reviews editor Michael Beek and editorial assistant Freya Parr. The jingles were composed by Christopher Maxim and the episode was produced by Jack Bateman and Ben Youatt. 
     
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    • 26 min
    Drive-in operas • BBC Music Magazine Awards • Music and fashion

    Drive-in operas • BBC Music Magazine Awards • Music and fashion

    In this month's podcast, we announce the winners of this year's BBC Music Magazine Awards and listen to a track from our Recording of the Year. Plus, we discuss the enduring relationship between two artistic forms: classical music and fashion.


    We also look back on the recent highlights of musicians innovating during the lockdown period while they're not able to work in the usual way. These include mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston's new cookbook: Notes from Musicians' Kitchens, and the English National Opera's plans for drive-in opera at Alexandra Palace. We also discuss the handful of orchestras and concert halls that are offering concert tickets to NHS workers following the lockdown.


    As usual, we've each brought along a recording we've been enjoying, including a violin arrangement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto and José Serebrier's Flute Concerto.




    THE MAGAZINE
    BBC Music Magazine Awards Recording of the Year:
    Purcell: King Arthur
    Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson, Rowan Pierce, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos), Jeremy Budd (high tenor), James Way (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
    Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh
    Signum SIGCD589


    Recording of the Month:
    Debussy & Rameau
    Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)
    DG 4837701






    FIRST LISTEN
    Freya's choice:
    José Serebrier: Flute Concerto
    Sharon Bezaly (flute), Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti 
    BIS BIS2423


    Oliver's choice:
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Part 2
    Inon Barnatan (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields
    Pentatone PTC5186824


    Michael's choice:
    Amours, toujours!
    Smoking Joséphine
    Naive V5469




    This podcast was presented by BBC Music Magazine’s editor Oliver Condy, with reviews editor Michael Beek and editorial assistant Freya Parr. The jingles were composed by Christopher Maxim and the episode was produced by Jack Bateman and Ben Youatt. 
     
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    • 30 min
    Culture in Quarantine • Ravi Shankar • Cyrillus Kreek

    Culture in Quarantine • Ravi Shankar • Cyrillus Kreek

    In this month's podcast, we reflect on some of our favourite concerts that have been streamed online over the past few weeks, and suggest a few to look out for in the coming months. Plus, we discuss the new virtual festival of the arts 'Culture in Quarantine' on BBC Arts.


    Also this month, we discuss the fabulous virtuosity of violinist and conductor Maxim Vengerov as he marks 40 years on stage, and Ravi Shankar, whose centenary we are celebrating in our May issue.


    As usual, we've each brought along a recording we've been enjoying, from an orchestral work inspired by the Canary Islands to a choral piece based on an Estonian folk hymn.




    THE MAGAZINE


    Maxim Vengerov
    Ravel: Violin Sonata
    Maxim Vengerov, Roustem Saïtkoulov at Carnegie Hall in 2018 (available on Idagio)




    Cover CD:
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
    BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles


    FIRST LISTEN
    Freya's choice:
    Chigaday (La Gomera) - for Orchestra
    Gustavo Díaz-Jerez: Maghek – Seven Symphonic Poems About The Canary Islands
    Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Eduardo Portal
    Signum Classics SIGCD612


    Oliver's choice:
    Whilst greater is our poverty, still greater is our blessing
    Kreek: The Suspended Harp of Babel
    Vox Clamantis
    ECM 4819041


    Jeremy's choice:
    Mathias: Harp Sonata, Second Movement: Allegro Vivo
    A Vision of Time and Eternity
    Michelle Gott (harp)
    Naxos 8.574053


    This podcast was presented by BBC Music Magazine’s editor Oliver Condy, with deputy editor Jeremy Pound and editorial assistant Freya Parr. The jingles were composed by Christopher Maxim and the episode was produced by Jack Bateman and Ben Youatt. 
     
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    • 23 min

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