Discovering Music

What are the best pieces by Saint-Saëns?

What are the best pieces by Saint-Saëns?

Today's #BreakfastPromelette features a playlist of highlights by the French composer

Watch Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in full

Watch Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker in full

A film of Tchaikovsky's complete two-act ballet conducted by Valery Gergiev

Six of the most inspiring women in music

Six of the most inspiring women in music

We celebrate six women who defied social norms to perform, compose, teach and conduct classical music.  

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

The story of Beethoven’s majestic fifth symphony, renowned for its famous four-note opening

The best electronic orchestral music

The best electronic orchestral music

We bring you the finest examples of contemporary electronic classical music

What is the Ondes Martenot?

What is the Ondes Martenot?

We explain the workings of the unusual instrument that takes centre stage in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony

Who is Aida Garifullina?

Who is Aida Garifullina?

We give you the lowdown on the soprano who sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

What is a... Prommer?

What is a... Prommer?

Ivan Hewett takes a closer look at the tradition of queueing for music.

Nine of the best... classical works inspired by the sun

Nine of the best... classical works inspired by the sun

Freya Parr takes a look at the sunny side of classical music

Six of the best… lesser-known pieces by Soviet composers

Six of the best… lesser-known pieces by Soviet composers

We look back over a politically charged era in Russian history, and the legendary music that was written as a result

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