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 managing editor Rebecca Franks, who is joined by editorial assistant Freya Parr and deputy editor Jeremy Pound. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.
Molto Vivace from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9
Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä
Vivo from Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 3
Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne
Anna Vinnitskaya (piano)
Demain fera un an (Tomorrow it will be a year)
Clairières: Songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger
Nicholas Phan (tenor), Myra Huang (piano)
Kancheli: 33 Miniatures
George Vatchnadze (piano), Suren Bagratuni (cello)
Piano Classics PCL10198
Songs of Sunset and Dawn: III. Morning. Eternal Morning
Works by Raminta Šerkšnytė
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Deutsche Grammophon 4837761
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