Welcome to the March 2020 edition of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast! This month we discuss the news that the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will only travel by train (rather than plane) on its upcoming tour, as part of its commitment to becoming carbon neutral. We also look at new research which uncovers the fact that Beethoven may not, in fact, have been completely deaf when his final symphony was premiered. Also this episode, we explore the genius of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz and hear one of her stunning string quartets. Another iconic Eastern European composer is also celebrated this month: Sofia Gubaidulina, who is featured in this month’s issue having recently been awarded the prestigious RPS Gold Medal.As always, we’ve each brought along our favourite new musical discoveries this month, including chamber works by Lili Boulanger, piano miniatures by Kancheli and new orchestral works by Lithuanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė. This episode is presented by managing editor Rebecca Franks, who is joined by editorial assistant Freya Parr and deputy editor Jeremy Pound. It was produced by Ben Youatt and Jack Bateman.News:Molto Vivace from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9Minnesota Orchestra/Osmo VänskäBIS BISSACD1616The Magazine:Vivo from Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 3Lutosławski QuartetNaxos 8572806Sofia Gubaidulina: ChaconneAnna Vinnitskaya (piano) Ambroisie AM177First Listen:Rebecca's choice:Demain fera un an (Tomorrow it will be a year)Clairières: Songs by Lili and Nadia BoulangerNicholas Phan (tenor), Myra Huang (piano)Avie AV2414Jeremy's choice:Extraordinary Exhibition Kancheli: 33 MiniaturesGeorge Vatchnadze (piano), Suren Bagratuni (cello)Piano Classics PCL10198Freya's choice:Songs of Sunset and Dawn: III. Morning. Eternal MorningWorks by Raminta Šerkšnytė Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra/Mirga Gražinytė-TylaDeutsche Grammophon 4837761
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