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Music to my Ears Podcast: Boxer and bassoonist Hannah Rankin

BBC Music Magazine talks to boxer and bassoonist Hannah Rankin about balancing her time between sport and music and her favourite pieces to play


Reviews editor Michael Beek sits down for a chat with Hannah Rankin. The professional boxer and classically trained bassoonist discusses dividing her time between the worlds of sport and music, choosing the perfect ‘walk-out’ music for when she enters the ring and some of her most cherished works to play and listen to.


Recordings featured:

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski)

Bill Conti: Rocky – Gonna Fly Now (DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford (vocals); Studio Orchestra/Bill Conti)

Pierné: Solo de Concert, Op. 35 (Karen Geoghegan (bassoon), Philip Fisher (piano))

Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K 191 – Rondo (Stepan Turnovsky (bassoon); Vienna Mozart Academy/Johannes Wildner)

Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel – Overture (Philharmonia Orchestra/Charles Mackerras)

Brahms: Hungarian Dances (Maxim Vengerov (violin), Vag Papian (piano); Virtuosi/Mikhail Parhamovsky)

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