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FEBRUARY 2024

February Radio 3

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FEATURES 26 Awards 2024 nominations

We invite you to vote on the f inest recordings of last year, as shortlisted by BBC Music’s expert reviewers 30 Cover: Rhapsody in Blue Mervyn Cooke tells how, 100 years ago, Gershwin brought together the worlds of jazz and classical in a revolutionary work that would take the world by storm 40 He’s got rhythm As a performer of Gershwin, the multi-talented pianist

Oscar Levant had very few peers, reveals Misha Donat 44 Keep it in the family Claire Jackson looks at musical siblings, from the

Mozarts and Mendelssohns to today’s top performers 48 Closing the gap Jessica Duchen assesses the state of play with regards to the number of female conductors on the world’s stages

EVERY MONTH 8 Letters 12 The Full Score

The latest news and interviews from the music world 25 Richard Morrison 36 The BBC Music Magazine Interview

Robert von Bahr, founder of BIS Records, talks to Andrew Stewart as the Swedish label turns 50 years old 60 Musical Destinations

Freya Parr enjoys a cutting-edge festival in Stroud 62 Composer of the Month

The devilishly talented Giuseppe Tartini, by Paul Riley 66 Building a Library

We explore Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs 100 Radio & TV 104 Crossword and Quiz 106 Music that Changed Me

Bassoonist and radio presenter Linton Stephens

30 Rhapsody in Blue

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