Drive-in operas • BBC Music Magazine Awards • Music and fashion

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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.

THE MAGAZINE
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

FIRST LISTEN
Freya’s choice:
José Serebrier: Flute Concerto
Sharon Bezaly (flute), Australian Chamber Orchestra/Richard Tognetti
BIS BIS2423

Oliver’s choice:
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Part 2
Inon Barnatan (piano), Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Pentatone PTC5186824

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Michael’s choice:
Amours, toujours!
Smoking Joséphine
Naive V5469