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.


BBC Music Magazine Awards Recording of the Year:

Purcell: King Arthur

Anna Dennis, Mhairi Lawson, Rowan Pierce, Carolyn Sampson (sopranos), Jeremy Budd (high tenor), James Way (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

Gabrieli Players, Paul McCreesh

Signum SIGCD589

Recording of the Month:

Debussy & Rameau

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

DG 4837701


Freya's choice:

José Serebrier: Flute Concerto

Sharon Bezaly (flute), Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti 


Oliver's choice:

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Part 2

Inon Barnatan (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Pentatone PTC5186824

Michael's choice:

Amours, toujours!

Smoking Joséphine

Naive V5469

This podcast was presented by BBC Music Magazine’s editor Oliver Condy, with reviews editor Michael Beek and editorial assistant Freya Parr. The jingles were composed by Christopher Maxim and the episode was produced by Jack Bateman and Ben Youatt. 

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