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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.

The latest podcast

Elgar Dream of Gerontius Sir Andrew Davis BBC

Recording of the Month: Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius

17 December 2014 - 1:30pm

Sir Andrew Davis conducts an overwhelming performance


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Music for Alfred Hitchcock – First Listen

29 September 2014 - 10:49am

From those famous chilling string chords in Psycho to the pop and jazz-inspired score for Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock used music to great effect in his films. In this podcast, find out what the team makes of a new disc exploring Hitchcock film music.


Benjamin Grosvenor’s Dances – Recording of the Month

18 September 2014 - 3:38pm

The young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor plays JS Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Granados and more in this sparkling recital, our October Recording of the Month. Hear clips from the disc in this podcast with Rebecca Franks and Jeremy Pound.


Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos – First Listen

9 September 2014 - 3:41pm

Here's a disc with not just Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, but the less well-known Second Piano Concerto as well. Join the team as they discuss Simon Trpčeski's new recording with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko.


Bruckner Symphony No. 9 – Recording of the Month

9 September 2014 - 3:00pm

Claudio Abbado's final concert with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra included Bruckner's Symphony No. 9. It's a profoundly moving performance. Oliver Condy and Rebecca Franks discuss the piece and play clips from the recording in this podcast.


BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Brahms

4 September 2014 - 3:53pm

Jeremy Pound and Rebecca Franks introduce Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 and Variations on a theme by Haydn, as heard on our October cover CD


BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: The Great Sopranos

8 August 2014 - 5:03pm

Jeremy Pound and Rosie Pentreath discuss the songs and arias performed by sopranos Maria Callas, Lucia Popp and Elisabeth Söderström on our September Cover CD


Howells Violin Sonatas – First Listen

25 July 2014 - 10:49am

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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