Discovering Music

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

The 20 Greatest Violinists of All Time

The 20 Greatest Violinists of All Time

Who are the finest violinists ever to have been recorded on disc? We asked 100 of today’s leading players to name their inspirations…

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

The Fantastic Mr Dahl

100 years on from his birth, we celebrate the classical music inspired by the great children's author. 

Six of the best... productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Six of the best... productions of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde is the most important work of one of opera’s greatest masters: Richard Wagner. We select some of the finest interpretations by the great conductors...

Six of the best...child prodigies

Six of the best...child prodigies

We look at six young musicians who are amazing audiences with their precocious talent

The story of... Debussy’s 'Jeux'

Christopher Dingle tells the story of a musically understated ballet that was
to prove a genuine game-changer

The story of Debussy’s Préludes (1909-13)

Gerald Larner explains how Debussy, by defying the rules of conventional harmony, transformed piano music’s landscape

The story of... Debussy's 'Pelléas et Mélisande'

With its enigmatic characterisation and emphasis on words, Debussy’s only opera shattered the mould, says Roger Nichols

The story of... Debussy's Nocturnes

Malcolm Hayes on the mesmerisingly original works that had the critics wondering how on earth to describe them

The story of Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894)

Richard Langham-Smith wallows in a sensuous work that heralded a radical new chapter in orchestral writing

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