Discovering Music

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... musical child prodigies

Six of the best... musical 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

A guide to Debussy's Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1894)

We tell the story of the sensuous work which heralded a radical new chapter in orchestral writing

The mystery of Mozart's Reqiuem

The mystery of Mozart's Reqiuem

Was Mozart's Requiem really commissioned by death? 

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