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We've recently relaunched the BBC Music Magazine podcast, with two new regular episodes for you to enjoy. In 'Recording of the Month' we explore the best new disc featured in the latest magazine, while in 'First Listen' the editorial team gather round to discuss and rate an exciting upcoming release. Plus, we'll be out and about interviewing musicians for special features in our occasional podcasts.

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You can download "Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 6 & 14 – Recording of the Month" here.

Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 6 & 14 – Recording of the Month

Two symphonies by Shostakovich feature on our bleak but brilliant Recording of the Month, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Hear clips and find out more about the music in this month’s podcast.

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You can download "Howells Violin Sonatas – First Listen" here.

Howells Violin Sonatas – First Listen

Howells's complete violin and piano music has been recorded for the first time, by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard. In this First Listen podcast, the BBC Music Magazine explore these rarely heard works – and give their verdict on the recording.

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You can download "BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Beethoven" here.

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Beethoven

Jeremy Pound and Rosie Pentreath discuss piano sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Haydn as heard on the BBC Music Magazine August issue Cover CD.

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You can download "First Listen – Bernstein West Side Story" here.

First Listen – Bernstein West Side Story

How does a complete live concert recording of Bernstein's West Side Story shape up? The BBC Music Magazine team share their thoughts on the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's new CD.

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You can download "Schumann and Janáček Piano works Recording of the Month" here.

Schumann and Janáček Piano works Recording of the Month

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin brings together Janáček and Schumann in this superlative new recording. Hear clips from the disc and find out more about the pieces - On the Overgrown Path, Waldszenen and Kinderszenen - on this Podcast.

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You can download "BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Elgar" here.

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Elgar

Jeremy Pound and Rosie Pentreath discuss Elgar's Violin Concerto and The Spirit of England, as heard on the BBC Music Magazine July issue Cover CD.

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You can download "Vierne - Langlais Messe Solennelle - First Listen" here.

Vierne - Langlais Messe Solennelle - First Listen

The Choir of Southwell Minster has been on a trip to France to record masses by Vierne and Langlais in Sées Cathedral, home to two Cavaillé-Coll organs. Find out what the BBC Music Magazine team thought of the results.

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You can download "Walton Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto - Recording of the Month" here.

Walton Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto - Recording of the Month

Edward Gardner is at the helm of a brilliant new recording of Walton masterpieces. It features the impactful First Symphony and eloquent Violin Concerto, with soloist Tasmin Little, all played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Tune in to this month's episode to hear clips from this exciting new recording.

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You can download "The sounds of 1917" here.

The sounds of 1917

Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watkins talk to Jeremy Pound about a unique recording of music from the First World War

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You can download "BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Gurney and Bridge" here.

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Gurney and Bridge

Jeremy Pound and Rosie Pentreath discuss orchestral works by Gurney and Bridge, as heard on the BBC Music Magazine June issue Cover CD.

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You can download "A Tribute to Oscar Peterson – First Listen" here.

A Tribute to Oscar Peterson – First Listen

Andrew Litton swaps his conducting baton for the piano for his latest recording, an album dedicated to the great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The BBC Music Magazine team has a listen to it for this month's First Listen podcast.

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