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Welcome to the BBC Music Magazine podcast. Join us once a month for the latest classical music news, the top stories in the new issue of BBC Music Magazine, a guide to the magazine’s cover CD, plus a round-up of our favourite new recordings.

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Welcome to the BBC Music Magazine podcast. Join us once a month for the latest classical music news, the top stories in the new issue of BBC Music Magazine, a guide to the magazine’s cover CD, plus a round-up of our favourite new recordings.

    Oscars Nominations • Beethoven • Piccolo Chamber Music

    Oscars Nominations • Beethoven • Piccolo Chamber Music

    In our February 2020 podcast, we discuss cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s entry into the Official UK Album Chart, the first cellist in history to do so. We also analyse the nominees for Best Original Score at this year’s Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, and look at who from the classical music was named on the New Year’s Honours list this year.


    Also this episode, we listen to extracts from both our cover CD and our Recording of the Month, the latter of which is pianist Angela Hewitt performing Bach’s Partitas. Plus, we bring you the nominees for this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards!


    As usual, we each bring along a recording we’ve discovered and have been enjoying this month, from piccolo music by Thea Musgrave to Spanish piano music by Granados.


    This episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, who is joined by editorial assistant Freya Parr and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.




    News:
    Judith Bingham: The Drowned Lovers
    Maria Forsström (mezzo-soprano), Swedish Chamber Choir/Simon Phipps
    Chandos CHSA5255


    Elgar: Enigma Variations – Nimrod
    Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Ben Davies (cello), Hannah Roberts (cello), Josephine Knight (cello), Caroline Dearnley (cello), Ashok Khluda (cello)
    Decca 4850241




    The Magazine:
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio
    BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda


    JS Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat: VI. Gigue
    Angela Hewitt (piano)
    Hyperion CDA68271/2


    First Listen:
    Phantasm: Clavierubung III
    The Well-Tempered Consort
    Phantasm
    Linn CKD618


    Granados: Oriental (Danza Espanola)
    Saudades
    Romain Nosbaum (piano)
    ARS Produktion ARS38287


    Thea Musgrave: Piccolo Play: IV. Les Papillons
    Mighty Metamorphoses
    Peter Verhoyen (piccolo), Stefan De Schepper (piano)
    Etcetera Records KTC1668 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 27 min
    Nicola Benedetti • Mariss Jansons • JoAnn Falletta

    Nicola Benedetti • Mariss Jansons • JoAnn Falletta

    In our January 2020 podcast, we find out about violinist Nicola Benedetti's latest venture, an impressive educational initiative that she's been dreaming of starting for years. She's our cover star on the January issue of BBC Music Magazine, and in this podcast we also enjoy a clip from our cover CD of works by Mozart and Schubert, played by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.


    Plus, in this episode we pay tribute to the late conductors Mariss Jansons and Stephen Cleobury, bring news of the winners at the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and hear about Olga Neuwirth's Orlando, which became the first opera by a woman to be staged in 150 years at the Vienna State Opera.


    And, as usual, we each bring along a new recording we've been enjoying this month.


    This episode is presented by deputy editor Jeremy Pound, who is joined be managing editor Rebecca Franks and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.




    Recordings:


    Mahler Symphony No. 3
    Randi Stene; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus/Mariss Jansons
    Simax PSC1272


    Jeremy's choice:
    Forgotten Treasures
    Buffalo Philharmonic/JoAnn Falletta
    Beau Fleuve 6059960998531


    Rebecca's choice:
    The Etudes Project: Volume One
    Jenny Lin (piano)
    Sono Luminus DSL-92236


    Michael's choice
    Vivaldi/Jupiter
    Lea Desandre, Bruno Philippe, Peter Whelan, Thomas Dunford
    Alpha Classics ALPHA550


    Stories:


    Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50630050


    Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/24/sir-stephen-cleobury-obituary


    Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards:
    http://www.classical-music.com/news/winners-royal-philharmonic-society-awards-2019-revealed


    Orlando world premiere review:
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/14/orlando-vienna-state-opera-review-olga-neuwirth-world-premiere-virginia-woolf


    January 2020 issue of BBC Music Magazine
    http://www.classical-music.com/magazine/next-issue/bbc-music-magazine For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Handel's Messiah • Contemporary Christmas carols • Bah! humbug!

    Handel's Messiah • Contemporary Christmas carols • Bah! humbug!

    We have sherry, mince pies and crackers: it must be time for the Christmas podcast! Join us for an episode packed with Yuletide joy, beautiful new carols by Dobrinka Tabakova, Toby Young, Cecilia McDowall and Michael Finnissy, as well as our favourite festive musical jokes. Plus hear all about our Christmas isssue. Our cover feature takes a look at a masterpiece that has redefined the sound of Christmas, Handel's Messiah; we also explore the parish church choir scene, and find out what concert-hall horrors cause musicians to see red. And, of course, we've brought along a batch of the latest Christmas CDs we've been enjoying. Merry Christmas!


    This episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, who is joined by deputy editor Jeremy Pound and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.


    Recordings:


    Dobrinka Tabakova Good-will to men, and peace on Earth
    Choir of Queen's College, Oxford/Owen Rees
    BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020 Cover CD


    Toby Young The Owl
    Choir of Queen's College, Oxford/Owen Rees
    BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2020 Cover CD


    Extracts from Handel's Messiah
    Taverner Choir and Players/Andrew Parrott
    Virgin Veritas 562 0042


    Peter Warlock Bethlehem Down
    Christmas at St George's Windsor
    Choir of St George's Windsor/James Vivian
    Hyperion CDA 68281


    First Listen Choices:


    Christmas at St George's Windsor
    Choir of St George's Windsor/James Vivian
    Hyperion CDA 68281


    Advent Carols from King's College, London
    Choir of King's College, London/Joseph Fort
    Delphian DCD34226


    Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker
    State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov'/Vladimir Jurowski
    Pentatone PTC5186761 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 28 min
    Hildegard von Bingen • Opera Age Ratings • Gabriela Montero Piano Concerto

    Hildegard von Bingen • Opera Age Ratings • Gabriela Montero Piano Concerto

    In our December 2019 podcast, we pay tribute to the late soprano Jessye Norman and listen to one of her best recordings. We also discuss the new 'Music for Trees' app created by the Royal Parks in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Music. The app follows the roaming user as they walk around Regent's Park, playing corresponding compositions by RAM students. Plus, we take a look at this year's shortlist for the RPS Awards.


    We flick through the latest issue of BBC Music Magazine and listen to our superb Recording of the Month. As Hildegard von Bingen is our Composer of the Month, we discuss what it is about her music that has stood the test of time and has made it so adaptable for musicians across all genres. Plus, we explore the new phenomenon of implanting movie-style age ratings on operas.


    As usual, we all bring along our favourite new recordings from the last month, including Gabriela Montero's new 'Latin' piano concerto and a new disc from the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.


    Recordings:


    Black Voices Rise: African American Artists at the Met, 1955-1985
    Wagner: Tannhäuser – 'Dich, teure Helle'
    Met Opera Productions


    The Sun Rising
    The Beloved


    Shostakovich
    24 Preludes: V. Allegro vivace
    Andrey Gugnin (piano)
    Hyperion CDA68267


    Jeremy's choice:
    Magnificat
    Glen Dempsey (organ), Choir of St John's College, Cambridge/Andrew Nethsingha
    Signum SIGCD588


    Michael's choice:
    Hanns Eisler: Leipzig Symphony
    MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Kammersymphonie Berlin/Jurgen Bruns
    Capriccio C5268


    Freya's choice:
    Gabriela Montero & Ravel: Piano Concerto
    Gabriela Montero (piano), Orchestra of the Americas/Carlos Miguel Prieto
    Orchid Classics ORC100104




    Stories:


    Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2019 shortlists announced: http://www.classical-music.com/news/royal-philharmonic-society-awards-2019-shortlists-announced


    Music for Trees mobile app: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/things-to-see-and-do/music-for-trees-mobile-app For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 28 min
    Critics at the ENO • Shostakovich and football • Marsalis and Benedetti

    Critics at the ENO • Shostakovich and football • Marsalis and Benedetti

    In our November 2019 podcast, we discuss the news that the English National Opera has stopped offering established critics a second free ticket to opening nights, and instead gives those free tickets to 10 novice bloggers. It's a story which has received a huge amount of debate on Twitter, so we dive in and give our opinions. We also celebrate the appointment of the new BBC National Orchestra of Wales principal conductor, 29-year-old Californian Ryan Bancroft. Plus, we introduce our November issue, in which we talk to the formidable pianist Igor Levit about the challenges of recording all Beethoven's 32 sonatas. To mark St Andrew's Day, we look back on all the great works that have celebrated the rugged Scottish landscape. In light of the release of a new book on Shostakovich and football, we explore how his love of the beautiful game found its way into his music. As usual, we all bring along a recording we've been enjoying this month, including new works by Wynton Marsalis and Stephen Hough.


    Recordings:


    Veprik: Orchestral Works
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Christoph-Mathias Mueller
    MDG MDG9012133


    Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas
    Igor Levit (piano)
    Sony 90175843182


    Olly's choice:
    Bizet: Te Deum
    Angela Maria Blasi (soprano), Christian Elsner (tenor), Münchner MottenChor, Munich Symphony Orchestra/Hans Rudolf Zöbeley
    Hänssler HC19046


    Jeremy's choice:
    A Love Letter to Liverpool
    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Alisdair Hogarth (piano)
    Rubicon RCD1044


    Freya's choice:
    Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto
    Nicola Benedetti (violin), Philadelphia Orchestra/Critistan Macelaru
    Decca 485013




    Stories:
    Chorus of rage as ENO gives critics' coveted extra tickets to young bloggers: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/07/chorus-of-disapproval-eno-gives-critics-coveted-tickets-to-young-bloggers


    BBC National Orchestra of Wales chooses Ryan Bancroft as next principal conductor: http://www.classical-music.com/news/bbc-national-orchestra-wales-chooses-ryan-bancroft-next-principal-conductor


    Our November issue: http://www.classical-music.com/issue/november-2019-0


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    • 28 min
    Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená • Girl Choristers • BBC Philharmonic App

    Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená • Girl Choristers • BBC Philharmonic App

    In our October 2019 podcast, we discuss the news that Jules Buckley has been taken on the role of creative artist in association at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the family of a girl chorister has sued Berlin Cathedral Choir after it rejected her application for an audition. Plus, we introduce our October issue, in which we talk to husband-and-wife team mezzo Magdalena Kožená and maestro Simon Rattle about their recording of works for voice and piano. We also try out the BBC Philharmonic’s new in-concert app, and, as usual, we each bring along a new recording we’ve been enjoying this month.

    This episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, who is joined by deputy editor Jeremy Pound and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.

    Recordings:

    Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B flat
    Raphael Ensemble
    Hyperion CDA66276

    ‘Il volo cosí fido al doce’ from Handel’s Riccardo Primo
    Handel’s Queens
    Lucy Crowe, Mary Bevan, London Early Opera/Bridget Cunningham
    Signum SIGCD579

    Olly’s choice: Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon Overture
    Malmö Symphony Orchestra/Darrell Ang
    Naxos 8573859

    Jeremy’s choice: Lassen Violin Concerto
    Linus Roth, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Antony Hermus
    Hyperion CDA68268

    Michael’s choice: ‘The Duel’ from John Williams’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
    Across the Stars
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles/John Williams
    Deutsche Grammophon 4797553


    Stories:

    Bagpiper receives noise complaints for practising in back garden: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/4601608/alan-jamieson-wishaw-bagpipes-sunderland-hate-mail/

    Berlin choir accused of gender discrimination by girl chorister: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/09/berlin-choir-accused-of-gender-discrimination-by-nine-year-old-girl

    Jules Buckley announced as creative artist in association: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/aug/26/stormzy-collaborator-jules-buckley-bbc-symphony-orchestra For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 28 min

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