Oscars Nominations • Beethoven • Piccolo Chamber Music


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In our February 2020 podcast, we discuss cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s entry into the Official UK Album Chart, the first cellist in history to do so. We also analyse the nominees for Best Original Score at this year’s Oscars, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, and look at who from the classical music was named on the New Year’s Honours list this year.

Also this episode, we listen to extracts from both our cover CD and our Recording of the Month, the latter of which is pianist Angela Hewitt performing Bach’s Partitas. Plus, we bring you the nominees for this year’s BBC Music Magazine Awards!

As usual, we each bring along a recording we’ve discovered and have been enjoying this month, from piccolo music by Thea Musgrave to Spanish piano music by Granados.

This episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, who is joined by editorial assistant Freya Parr and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.


Judith Bingham: The Drowned Lovers

Maria Forsström (mezzo-soprano), Swedish Chamber Choir/Simon Phipps

Chandos CHSA5255

Elgar: Enigma Variations – Nimrod

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Ben Davies (cello), Hannah Roberts (cello), Josephine Knight (cello), Caroline Dearnley (cello), Ashok Khluda (cello)

Decca 4850241

The Magazine:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

BBC Philharmonic/Gianandrea Noseda

JS Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat: VI. Gigue

Angela Hewitt (piano)

Hyperion CDA68271/2

First Listen:

Phantasm: Clavierubung III

The Well-Tempered Consort


Linn CKD618

Granados: Oriental (Danza Espanola)


Romain Nosbaum (piano)

ARS Produktion ARS38287

Thea Musgrave: Piccolo Play: IV. Les Papillons

Mighty Metamorphoses

Peter Verhoyen (piccolo), Stefan De Schepper (piano)

Etcetera Records KTC1668

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