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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 "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 "Vocal – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014" here.

Vocal – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Purves and Matthias Goerne have all been nominated in this year's Vocal category. Find out more about their three recordings in this Awards podcast

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

Choral – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Pärt, Britten and Petrassi are all in the line-up for this year's Choral Award. To help you decide which should win, we've been in the studio to talk about the three nominations for this podcast special

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

Opera – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Two Britten operas go head to head in the Awards this year, joined in this category by a recital disc starring Christian Gerhaher. We discuss and play extracts from all three recordings in this Awards podcast

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

Concerto – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

This new category for the 2014 BBC Music Magazine Awards features nominations for Isabelle Faust, Tabea Zimmermann and Alisa Weilerstein. Hear more about their three stunning discs in the second of our series of Awards podcast

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

Orchestral – BBC Music Magazine Awards 2014

Find out more about the Orchestral category, featuring works by Brahms, Richard Strauss and Szymanowski, in this special Awards podcast

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You can download "American Quartets – First Listen" here.

American Quartets – First Listen

Two albums of American String Quartets are up for discussion in this month's First Listen, our regular podcast looking at exciting new CD releases. Find out what the BBC Music Magazine team thought of the Brodsky's 'New World Quartets' disc and the Cypress Quartet's 'The American Album'.

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You can download "Recording of the Month – Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1" here.

Recording of the Month – Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1

Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO's thrilling recording of Rachmaninov's First Symphony is our January 2014 Recording of the Month. Join editor Oliver Condy and reviews editor Rebecca Franks to hear clips from the disc and find out more about this underrated masterpiece.

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You can download "First Listen – Patricia Kopatchinskaja" here.

First Listen – Patricia Kopatchinskaja

How does Patricia Kopatchinskaja's new Prokofiev and Stravinsky Violin Concertos disc shape up? Find out what the BBC Music Magazine team thought of it in this First Listen podcast.

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You can download "Britten 100: John Bridcut" here.

Britten 100: John Bridcut

While visiting Suffolk to mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten, along with Radio 3, staff writer Elizabeth Davis took five minutes to talk to Britten biographer and film-maker John Bridcut about his memories of Britten and the great composer's music.

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You can download "Recording of the Month – Incarnation" here.

Recording of the Month – Incarnation

'Incarnation', the latest disc by the Gabrieli Consort, is our Christmas Recording of the Month. In this podcast, editor Oliver Condy and reviews editor Rebecca Franks explore the recording's unusual programme, which features ancient and modern carols and Britten's a cappella masterpiece A Boy was Born.