Our January cover stars are pianist Mitsuko Uchida and tenor Mark Padmore. The peerless duo speak to Richard Morrison about joining forces in Schubert's Schwanengesang for their new recital album.


Elsewhere in the magazine, violist Timothy Ridout speaks to our editor Charlotte Smith about tackling the Elgar Cello Concerto, transcribed for viola. And Cate Blanchett and director Todd Field tell us all about Tár, in which Cate portrays a power-hungry conductor.

Rachel Rowntree investigates disability in the music industry; Michael Church whisks us off to Strasbourg, a city torn between French and German identities, blessed with its own vibrant orchestra; and, in Composer of the Month, Jessica Duchen chronicles Schumann's turbulent descent into despair and its effect on his music.

Finally, this month's Building a Library is Verdi's Rigoletto. George Hall selects the finest recordings of the Italian composer's mid-19th-century masterpiece.

Click here for the inlay of this month's cover CD.

Previous issues of BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2022

December 2022

November 2022


October 2022


Steve Wright
Steve WrightMulti-Platform Content Producer, BBC Music Magazine

Steve has been an avid listener of classical music since childhood, and now contributes a variety of features to BBC Music’s magazine and website. He started writing about music as Arts Editor of an Oxford University student newspaper and has continued ever since, serving as Arts Editor on various magazines.