World of Music

The Making of Music (Part 3)

The 19th century was a boom era for classical music, says James Naughtie

Where's Wolfgang?

Should Mozart have been included in our list of 'Ten Greatest Prodigies'? Reader John Stone argues in favour of the young composer's brilliance

Walton's Symphony No. 1

Sir Adrian Boult's interpretation gets to the heart of this piece, says the composer's biographer Michael Kennedy. Plus hear a clip of the symphony from this month's cover CD

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The Making of Music (Part 2)

As James Naughtie continues his journey through the history of music, he takes a look at neglected composers and lost masterpieces

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The Making of Music (Part 1)

How do you go about exploring a millennium of music? In the first of a six-part series, James Naughtie reveals how he wrote his landmark history of classical music for Radio 4
Six of the best... viola players

Six of the best... viola players

Who are the world's most famous violists? From Lionel Tertis to Lawrence Power, we name six of the instrument's greatest exponents

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me

Uncovering the story of Mendelssohn's complex religious identity made sense of her own childhood, says Sheila Hayman, the composer's great great great great-niece. She tells us what it was like to film the tale

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