Cancelled concerts • Women in classical music • Angela Hewitt’s piano



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In the April issue of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast, we discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on music festivals across the globe. We also look at the recently released list of PRS Women Changing Music, which features a number of film composers.

Also this month, we flick through the latest issue of BBC Music Magazine, which features pianist Angela Hewitt on the cover. We reflect on the tragic story of her broken Fazioli piano, which hit headlines earlier this year. You’ll also get to hear an extract from our Recording of the Month: Federico Colli performing Domenico Scarlatti’s piano sonatas. As always, we’ve each brought along a new recording we’ve discovered this month, including works by Caroline Shaw, Bernard Hughes and Nikolai Tcherepnin.

* PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago. Because of the fast-paced nature of the coronavirus outbreak, some of our references to its impact on the music scene may already be out of date.


D Scarlatti: Sonata KK427 in G major
D Scarlatti: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2
Federico Colli (piano)
Chandos CHAN20134



Michael’s choice:
Not Now, Bernard – Part 1 Not Now, Bernard and other stories
Alexander Armstrong (narrator), Orchestra of the Swan/Tom Hammond
Orchid Classics ORC100115

Oliver’s choice:
Caroline Shaw: Schisma
Healing Modes
Brooklyn Rider
In A Circle Records IRC014

Jeremy’s choice:
Nikolai Tcherepnin: Narcisse et Echo, Op. 40
Bamberger Symphoniker/Łukasz Borowicz
CPO 555250-2

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