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Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

When music takes itself too seriously, there’s a comedian waiting in the wings to bring it back down to earth. One such exponent, Rainer Hersch, looks back at how his predecessors have raised their laughs by sending-up classical music

Five essential works by Liszt

Five essential works by Liszt

We choose the greatest pieces by the brilliant but enigmatic virtuoso

Royal Festival Hall - memories of a concert-goer

Royal Festival Hall - memories of a concert-goer

Bayan Northcott casts his mind back to the early 1950s, when a brand new venue welcomed concert-goers to London's South Bank.

Six of the best... flautists

Six of the best... flautists

We choose six of the best classical flute players of recent years, and recommend a recording for each

Four of the best Khachaturian recordings

Four of the best Khachaturian recordings

We choose a selection of some of the finest discs featuring works by the Soviet composer

The best recordings of Poulenc's Flute Sonata

The best recordings of Poulenc's Flute Sonata

We search for the finest recordings of Poulenc’s complex yet charming Flute Sonata 

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 8

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 8

We explore the secrets of the great composer's Eighth Symphony

Jazz: Where to begin...

Jazz: Where to begin...

Destructive or redemptive, degenerate or transformative? Jazz is a phenomenon, a true world music that came of age over a hundred years…

A guide to... Swan Lake

A guide to... Swan Lake

Your guide to the background and recordings of one of the most popular ballet scores ever written…

Who is conducting the 2019 Last Night of the Proms?

Who is conducting the 2019 Last Night of the Proms?

We give you the lowdown on this year’s Last Night conductor

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