World of Music

Top 20 Britten recordings

We name the best recordings of the great composer's music

War Requiem, Benjamin Britten

The text for Britten's masterpiece

Your 20 favourite BBC Music CDs

We take a 20th-anniversary look at the best discs to have graced BBC Music Magazine

20 landmark opera productions – picture gallery

The past 20 years on the opera stage

Sea Drift – text

Download the text for your cover CD

Wax Cylinders

Listen to historic recordings

Debussy's The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

An English translation of the text of Debussy's mystic work, conducted on the February BBC Music Magazine cover CD by Thierry Fischer

Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem - text

On the January BBC Music Magazine cover CD you can hear a recording of Vaughan Williams himself conducting his choral work Dona nobis pacem. Here we print the full text of the piece.

Six of the Best… Jazz Film Cameos

Whether it’s breaking the tension of a thriller or adding sparkle to a musical, jazz musicians have a history of making scene-stealing cameos on the silver screen. Neil McKim explores six of the greatest

Something for the Weekend: Pianist paddles down the Amazon

Greek pianist Panos Karan undertakes an unusual concert tour...

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