Bars of wonder...

Hear all 14 of our 'wow bars' in a special Spotify playlist

Bars of wonder...

Most people, given half a chance, will rave about their favourite piece of music. But individual bars? In our Christmas 2014 issue, out now, we ask 10 music critics and BBC Radio 3 presenters to tell us about their very favourite bars in music. Pick up a copy of the magazine to find out more and listen to each of them in our special Spotify playlist below.


Sara Mohr-Pietsch Radio 3 - Puccini: Tosca (end)

Ivan Hewett The Telegraph - Haydn: String Quartet in F major, Op. 77 No. 2 (trio)

Anna Picard The Times - Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle ('Fifth Door')

Rob Cowan Radio 3 - Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat (second movement)

Helen Wallace BBC Music Magazine - Brahms: Horn Trio Op. 40

Stephen Johnson Radio 3 - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (adagio)

Fiona Maddocks The Observer - Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 111 (second movement)

Richard Morrison The Times - Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord

Jessica Duchen The Independent - Puccini: La Bohème (end)

Andrew MacGregor Radio 3 - Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (first movement)

Oliver Condy BBC Music Magazine (editor) - Debussy: La Mer (first movement)

Jeremy Pound BBC Music Magazine (deputy editor) - Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (final movement)

Rebecca Franks BBC Music Magazine (reviews editor) - Strauss: Four Last Songs (In Abendrot)

Rosie Pentreath BBC Music Magazine (digital editor & staff writer) - Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (prelude)




Christmas 2014 issue

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