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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.

Latest Episodes

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. Episode Playlist: Website: Classical-music.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21 MIN5 d ago
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Amy Dickson - Saxophonist

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… Episode Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2v78HC0EKL7tiArRw4ApM7?si=qT5om-FHTFqiIzh3vCsMLQ Website: Classical-music.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 MIN1 w ago
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Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichordist

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1 MIN2 w ago
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Introducing Music to my Ears

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: Sy...

26 MINJUN 12
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Bluegrass Music • Gregorian Chant • Return of the BBC Proms

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 Samp...

30 MINMAY 14
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Drive-in operas • BBC Music Magazine Awards • Music and fashion

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 Isl...

23 MINAPR 16
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Culture in Quarantine • Ravi Shankar • Cyrillus Kreek

Cancelled concerts • Women in classical music • Angela Hewitt's piano

In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast, we discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on music festivals across the globe. We also look at the recently released list of PRS Women Changing Music, which features a number of film composers. Also this month, we flick through the latest issue of BBC Music Magazine, which features pianist Angela Hewitt on the cover. We reflect on the tragic story of her broken Fazioli piano, which hit headlines earlier this year. You’ll also get to hear an extract from our Recording of the Month: Federico Colli performing Domenico Scarlatti’s piano sonatas. As always, we’ve each brought along a new recording we’ve discovered this month, including works by Caroline Shaw, Bernard Hughes and Nikolai Tcherepnin. * PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago. Because of the fast-paced nature of the coronavirus outbreak, some of our references to its impact on the music scene may already be out of date. THE MAGAZINE: D Sca...

29 MINMAR 26
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Cancelled concerts • Women in classical music • Angela Hewitt's piano

Carbon-neutral orchestras • Beethoven's deafness • Sofia Gubaidulina

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast! This month we discuss the news that the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will only travel by train (rather than plane) on its upcoming tour, as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral. We also look at new research which uncovers the fact that Beethoven may not, in fact, have been completely deaf when his final symphony was premiered. Also this episode, we explore the genius of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz and hear one of her stunning string quartets. Another iconic Eastern European composer is also celebrated this month: Sofia Gubaidulina, who is featured in this month’s issue having recently been awarded the prestigious RPS Gold Medal. As always, we’ve each brought along our favourite new musical discoveries this month, including chamber works by Lili Boulanger, piano miniatures by Kancheli and new orchestral works by Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė. This episode is presented by mana...

34 MINFEB 27
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Carbon-neutral orchestras • Beethoven's deafness • Sofia Gubaidulina

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 ...

27 MINJAN 23
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Oscars Nominations • Beethoven • Piccolo Chamber Music

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 by 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;...

31 MIN2019 DEC 24
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Nicola Benedetti • Mariss Jansons • JoAnn Falletta

Latest Episodes

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. Episode Playlist: Website: Classical-music.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Amy Dickson - Saxophonist

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… Episode Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2v78HC0EKL7tiArRw4ApM7?si=qT5om-FHTFqiIzh3vCsMLQ Website: Classical-music.com/podcasts See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26 MIN1 w ago
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Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichordist

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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Introducing Music to my Ears

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: Sy...

26 MINJUN 12
Comments
Bluegrass Music • Gregorian Chant • Return of the BBC Proms

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 Samp...

30 MINMAY 14
Comments
Drive-in operas • BBC Music Magazine Awards • Music and fashion

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 Isl...

23 MINAPR 16
Comments
Culture in Quarantine • Ravi Shankar • Cyrillus Kreek

Cancelled concerts • Women in classical music • Angela Hewitt's piano

In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast, we discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on music festivals across the globe. We also look at the recently released list of PRS Women Changing Music, which features a number of film composers. Also this month, we flick through the latest issue of BBC Music Magazine, which features pianist Angela Hewitt on the cover. We reflect on the tragic story of her broken Fazioli piano, which hit headlines earlier this year. You’ll also get to hear an extract from our Recording of the Month: Federico Colli performing Domenico Scarlatti’s piano sonatas. As always, we’ve each brought along a new recording we’ve discovered this month, including works by Caroline Shaw, Bernard Hughes and Nikolai Tcherepnin. * PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago. Because of the fast-paced nature of the coronavirus outbreak, some of our references to its impact on the music scene may already be out of date. THE MAGAZINE: D Sca...

29 MINMAR 26
Comments
Cancelled concerts • Women in classical music • Angela Hewitt's piano

Carbon-neutral orchestras • Beethoven's deafness • Sofia Gubaidulina

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast! This month we discuss the news that the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will only travel by train (rather than plane) on its upcoming tour, as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral. We also look at new research which uncovers the fact that Beethoven may not, in fact, have been completely deaf when his final symphony was premiered. Also this episode, we explore the genius of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz and hear one of her stunning string quartets. Another iconic Eastern European composer is also celebrated this month: Sofia Gubaidulina, who is featured in this month’s issue having recently been awarded the prestigious RPS Gold Medal. As always, we’ve each brought along our favourite new musical discoveries this month, including chamber works by Lili Boulanger, piano miniatures by Kancheli and new orchestral works by Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė. This episode is presented by mana...

34 MINFEB 27
Comments
Carbon-neutral orchestras • Beethoven's deafness • Sofia Gubaidulina

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 ...

27 MINJAN 23
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Oscars Nominations • Beethoven • Piccolo Chamber Music

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 by 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;...

31 MIN2019 DEC 24
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Nicola Benedetti • Mariss Jansons • JoAnn Falletta
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