Nicola Benedetti • Mariss Jansons • JoAnn Falletta

BBC Music Magazine podcast



In our January 2020 podcast, we find out about violinist Nicola Benedetti's latest venture, an impressive educational initiative that she's been dreaming of starting for years. She's our cover star on the January issue of BBC Music Magazine, and in this podcast we also enjoy a clip from our cover CD of works by Mozart and Schubert, played by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.

Plus, in this episode we pay tribute to the late conductors Mariss Jansons and Stephen Cleobury, bring news of the winners at the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and hear about Olga Neuwirth's Orlando, which became the first opera by a woman to be staged in 150 years at the Vienna State Opera.

And, as usual, we each bring along a new recording we've been enjoying this month.

This episode is presented by deputy editor Jeremy Pound, who is joined be managing editor Rebecca Franks and reviews editor Michael Beek. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.


Mahler Symphony No. 3

Randi Stene; Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus/Mariss Jansons

Simax PSC1272

Jeremy's choice:

Forgotten Treasures

Buffalo Philharmonic/JoAnn Falletta

Beau Fleuve 6059960998531

Rebecca's choice:

The Etudes Project: Volume One

Jenny Lin (piano)

Sono Luminus DSL-92236

Michael's choice


Lea Desandre, Bruno Philippe, Peter Whelan, Thomas Dunford

Alpha Classics ALPHA550


Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)

Sir Stephen Cleobury (1948-2019)

Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards:

Orlando world premiere review:

January 2020 issue of BBC Music Magazine