In this episode of the BBC Music Magazine podcast we introduce our August issue, which stars the great Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini. A stunning new recording of Weinberg symphonies is our Recording of the Month, and we also give you a taster of your free cover CD, featuring works by Ravel, Debussy and Lili Boulanger. It's been a busy month in the world of news, and we bring you details about BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and new initiatives from the CBSO and Tanglewood. Plus we bring along three of our favourite new recordings to share.

This month's episode is presented by managing editor Rebecca Franks, deputy editor Jeremy Pound and reviews editor Michael Beek.



Andrei Kymach wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World: http://www.classical-music.com/news/ukrainian-baritone-andrei-kymach-wins-bbc-cardiff-singer-world-2019

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra set to open a school: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/richard-morrison-this-radical-new-free-school-could-rescue-music-education-cst5dcqrd

Tanglewood opens Linde Center for Music: http://tanglewoodforever.org/linde-center-for-music-and-learning/


Our August issue is on sale now: http://www.classical-music.com/magazine/current-issue/bbc-music-magazine

First Listen

Michael's choice: Gerard Schurmann's film music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/gerard-schurmann-film-music/1469606866 (Chandos CHAN10979)

Rebecca's choice: Jón Leifs: Edda II: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/leifs-edda-pt-2-op-42-the-lives-of-the-gods/1463448176 (BIS Records BIS2420)


Jeremy's choice: Howells's Cello Concerto and An English Mass: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/howells-cello-concerto-an-english-mass/1460138810 (King's College KGS0032)


Rebecca Franks
Rebecca FranksJournalist, Critic and former Managing Editor of BBC Music Magazine

Rebecca Franks is the former Managing Editor of BBC Music Magazine and a regular classical music critic for The Times. She is currently writing her first children's book.