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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 "Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 6 & 14 – Recording of the Month" here.

Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 6 & 14 – Recording of the Month

Two symphonies by Shostakovich feature on our bleak but brilliant Recording of the Month, played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski. Hear clips and find out more about the music in this month’s podcast.

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You can download "Handel at the Foundling Hospital" here.

Handel at the Foundling Hospital

Oliver Condy travels to the Foundling Museum in London to talk to its director Caro Howell about Handel's fund-raising performances of his Messiah at the hospital for abandoned children.

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You can download "Schumann Symphonies – Recording of the Month" here.

Schumann Symphonies – Recording of the Month

Schumann's four Symphonies are given fresh and exciting performances by the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on their new album, our May 2014 Recording of the Month. Find out more about these masterpieces in this podcast, and hear extracts from the recording.

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You can download "Mozart Piano Concertos – Recording of the Month" here.

Mozart Piano Concertos – Recording of the Month

Martha Argerich is the soloist in our April Recording of the Month, a superb disc of Mozart Piano Concertos - one of the final recordings made by the late Claudio Abbado. We explore the works here.

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You can download "Pfitzner Cello Concertos – First Listen" here.

Pfitzner Cello Concertos – First Listen

Are Pfitzner's Cello Concertos little-known masterpieces? The BBC Music Magazine team discuss and rate Alban Gerhardt's new recording of these pieces in this First Listen podcast.

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You can download "Sibelius String Quartet – Chamber Classics Unwrapped" here.

Sibelius String Quartet – Chamber Classics Unwrapped

Welcome to the first of a series of special podcasts celebrating Kings Place's year-long festival Chamber Classics Unwrapped, supported by BBC Music Magazine. In this podcast, we're exploring Sibelius's powerful and highly personal String Quartet in D minor.

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You can download "Mahler • Rihm Orchestral Songs – Recording of the Month" here.

Mahler • Rihm Orchestral Songs – Recording of the Month

A superb disc of Mahler and Wolfgang Rihm is our March 2014 Recording of the Month, sung by tenor Christoph Prégardien. Editor Oliver Condy and reviews editor Rebecca Franks chat about and play extracts from the recording in this podcast.

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You can download "Russian Treasures – First Listen" here.

Russian Treasures – First Listen

From familiar Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky to little-heard Chesnokov and Kedrov, Tenebrae has been exploring the treasures of the Russian choral repertoire for its latest album. Find out what the BBC Music Magazine editorial team thought of the recording in this episode of First Listen.

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You can download "CPE Bach Württemberg Sonatas – Recording of the Month" here.

CPE Bach Württemberg Sonatas – Recording of the Month

Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani's debut solo recording showcases the eloquent and colourful music of CPE Bach. In this podcast, editor Oliver Condy and reviews editor Rebecca Franks talk about this exciting new recording and play extracts from it.

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You can download "Podcast special – Pat Metheny" here.

Podcast special – Pat Metheny

Oliver Condy talks to the great jazz guitarist Pat Metheny about his brand new album, KIN

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You can download "Instrumental – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014" here.

Instrumental – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Hear extracts from the three discs nominated in this year's Instrumental category in this special podcast, featuring JS Bach's English Suites, piano music by Mompou and Baroque solo violin music.

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