In this month's podcast, we discuss Yo-Yo Ma's intrepid musical exploration across the globe, from the Silk Road to Appalachian America. Plus, we discuss the plans for this year's slightly different BBC Proms season and what London's Wigmore Hall is doing to welcome artists back to its stage.

We've also each brought along a new recording we've been enjoying, including a fresh interpretation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, plus works by Morton Gould and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain.


Pentecost - Sequentia - Veni Sancte Spiritus

Benedictine nuns of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fidélité of Jouques, Provence


Scarcely Cricket

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Stuart Duncan (violin), Edgar Meyer (bass), Chris Thile (mandolin)

Sony Masterworks 19439738552


Piano Concerto No. 1: IV. Presto

Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’/Vladimir Jurowski

Hyperion CDA68313


Freya's choice:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio

MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis

Sony 19075884972

Michael's choice:

Louis-Gabriel Guillemain : Symphony in E flat major, Op. 14 No.2 : I. Allegro

Brillance Indéniable

Alana Youssefian (violin), Le Bien Aimé

Avie AV2412

Jeremy's choice:

Morton Gould – Symphonettes

Conga from Symphonette No. 4

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Arthur Fagen

Naxos 8559869

This podcast was presented by BBC Music Magazine’s deputy editor Jeremy Pound, with reviews editor Michael Beek and editorial assistant Freya Parr. The jingles were composed by Christopher Maxim and the episode was produced by Jack Bateman and Ben Youatt. 

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