World of Music

The best of Maurice Ravel

The best of Maurice Ravel

With Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra giving us a feast of Ravel at tonight's Prom, here's a playlist of the French composer's music to whet your appetite

The best recordings of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

The best recordings of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

What are the finest performances of Gershwin's riotous Rhapsody in Blue? See below for our definitive recommendations…

5 Composers with Synesthesia

5 Composers with Synesthesia

With Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy rounding off tonight’s Prom, we list four other composers who claimed to see music as colour…

Six of the best Arvo Pärt recordings

Six of the best Arvo Pärt recordings

Where should you start with the contemporary Estonian composer's music? Here's our handy guide to the unmissable albums

A guide to Mahler's First Symphony

A guide to Mahler's First Symphony

What you need to know about the Austrian's 'Titan'…

Brahms's German Requiem

Brahms's German Requiem

An inspiring quote from Johannes Brahms forms today's Breakfast Promelette, before tonight's performance of the German Requiem by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

5 Essential Works for Left Hand Piano

5 Essential Works for Left Hand Piano

Pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm during World War I, but that didn't stop him playing; in fact he went on to commission several new works for left hand only, including one from Ravel. Here are five essential works for left hand piano...

Behind the scenes with Sarah Connolly

Behind the scenes with Sarah Connolly

For today's Breakfast Promelette, here's a peek on location at our magazine cover photoshoot with the brilliant British mezzo-soprano

What are the London Symphonies?

What are the London Symphonies?

A quick guide to Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 and Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 2, both of which were inspired by the British capital

What is BBC Ten Pieces?

With the arrival of BBC Ten Pieces at this year's Proms, here's our quick guide to the project that's helping 7-14 year-olds discover classical music

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