Jess Gillam • Oliver Knussen • Ludwig van Beethoven




September brings one of the biggest concerts in the classical music calendar, the Last Night of the Proms. In this month's magazine – and this podcast – we celebrate saxophonist Jess Gillam, who has a starring role at this year's event. Plus, in this episode you can sample our dazzling saxophone cover CD. It features saxophonist John Harle and the BBC Concert Orchestra, playing concertos by Richard Rodney Bennett and Dominic Muldowney.

We also discuss a clutch of new conductor appointments, new research on Beethoven's deafness, the appearance of a rare Elgar manuscript on the Antiques Roadshow and the untimely death of one Britain's leading composer-conductors, Oliver Knussen. Plus, we bring along the new recordings that have caught our ears, including not only Beethoven and JS Bach but also a brass band extravaganza and the Manfred Quartet's Bye-Bye Berlin.

This month's episode is presented by editor Oliver Condy, and features editorial assistant Freya Parr, managing editor Rebecca Franks and reviews editor Michael Beek. It is produced by Jack Fletcher.


Links: Oliver Knussen:; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra partners with Google Arts and Culture:; Elgar manucript on Antiques Roadshow:; Vasily Petrenko joins the RPO:; Maxim Emalyanychev joins the Scottish Chamber Orchestra:; BBC Music Magazine September issue:; First Listen: JS Bach by Daniel Lozakovich  (Michael's choice); Beethoven Piano Sonatas by Pavel Kolesnikov (Rebecca's choice):; Bye-Bye Berlin by the Manfred Quartet (Oliver's choice); Diversity by the European Brass Ensemble (Freya's choice)