Discovering Music

15 operas ripe for rediscovery

15 operas ripe for rediscovery

Robert Thicknesse names fifteen fabulous but forgotten operas 

Composers with wretched love lives

Composers with wretched love lives

We take a Valentine's Day look at the painful world of passion

What’s your favourite work by Felix Mendelssohn?

What’s your favourite work by Felix Mendelssohn?

Seven leading Mendelssohn performers tell us which of his works inspire them above all others

Can you whistle Schoenberg?

Can you whistle Schoenberg?

Did Schoenberg really consider himself the composer of catchy little tunes? Rick Jones tests out this theory on two junior human guinea-pigs

80 years of television theme music

80 years of television theme music

We mark a TV milestone by naming our favourite introductory tunes

Was this Renaissance mass inspired by the roll of a die?

Was this Renaissance mass inspired by the roll of a die?

Conductor Peter Phillips explains how gambling may have played a part in Josquin’s Mass of the Dice

What’s the best recording of Winterreise?

What’s the best recording of Winterreise?

Michael Tanner sets out on one of the bleakest and loneliest journeys in classical music, as he selects the finest recordings of Schubert’s harrowing song-cycle

The love story behind Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

The love story behind Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique

On 3 October 1833, Berlioz married Harriet Smithson. A few years earlier, his infatuation with the actress led him to compose his monumental Symphonie fantastique to win her over. Here’s the story…

Classical music inspired by autumn

Classical music inspired by autumn

Elinor Cooper chooses the best works for the season

The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted

The 20 Greatest Violinists...how the musicians voted

Who were the 100 violinists that took part in our poll? And whom did they each nominate? Here is the voting in full

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