Discovering Music

The trouble with Karajan

The trouble with Karajan

If a conductor has a tainted personal history, should we still listen to their music? When that conductor is arguably the greatest of all, the dilemma becomes even more problematic…

Elgar's Cello Concerto...with a twist

Elgar's Cello Concerto...with a twist

The cello becomes a screen in a new film starring Cellist Sol Gabetta.

The musical life of King Henry VIII

The musical life of King Henry VIII

When he wasn’t beheading people or vandalising monasteries, Henry VIII was remarkably skilled as a composer and performer, as David Skinner explains

What is a... Clavichord?

What is a... Clavichord?

Julian Perkins defines and champions this under-rated keyboard instrument

What is...Coloratura?

What is...Coloratura?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

What is an... Accidental?

What is an... Accidental?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

What is...Tonality?

What is...Tonality?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

What is a... Suite?

What is a... Suite?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

What is...Largo?

What is...Largo?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

What is a... Trio?

What is a... Trio?

Stephen Johnson gets to grips with classical music's technical terms

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