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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 "Fauré Requiem – Recording of the Month" here.

Fauré Requiem – Recording of the Month

This wonderful new recording by King’s College Choir, Cambridge recreates the first complete liturgical performance of Fauré’s Requiem, and also features the French composer's Messe basse and Cantique de Jean Racine.

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You can download "BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Schumann and Schubert" here.

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Schumann and Schubert

Our November CD includes performances of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 4 by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda and Juanjo Mena. Hear clips and an introduction to the works from Jeremy Pound and Rosie Pentreath.

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You can download "Music for Alfred Hitchcock – First Listen" here.

Music for Alfred Hitchcock – First Listen

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.

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You can download "Benjamin Grosvenor’s Dances – Recording of the Month" here.

Benjamin Grosvenor’s Dances – Recording of the Month

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.

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You can download "Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos – First Listen" here.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos – First Listen

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.

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You can download "Bruckner Symphony No. 9 – Recording of the Month" here.

Bruckner Symphony No. 9 – Recording of the Month

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.

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

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: Brahms

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

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You can download "BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: The Great Sopranos" here.

BBC Music Magazine Cover CD: The Great Sopranos

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

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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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