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Classical music inspired by Shakespeare

Classical music inspired by Shakespeare

William Shakespeare inspired some of the greatest musical scores ever written. We explore the operas, ballets, overtures, incidental music, tone poems, choral works and songs born out of his writing. 

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

A guide to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral'

We tell the story of how Beethoven composed his Pastoral Symphony, and share one the best recordings

Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini

The musical all-rounder who conquered Hollywood, the recording studio and the concert hall…

The best recordings of Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 4

The best recordings of Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 4

Vaughan Williams unleashed an unprecedentedly aggressive side to his musical personality when composing his Fourth Symphony. We pick the finest recordings…

Schubert: A Style Guide

Schubert: A Style Guide

We analyse the major themes of the work of the great Austrian composer

Five essential works by Handel

Five essential works by Handel

We name the best pieces by the Baroque master of opera and oratorio

The best choral works for Passiontide

The best choral works for Passiontide

Leading choral conductors name their favourite works for the week before Easter

Six of the best: works by Stockhausen

Six of the best: works by Stockhausen

We choose some of the greatest works by the pioneer of experimental music

Seven pieces of music inspired by the Titanic

Seven pieces of music inspired by the Titanic

How composers have memorialised the events of 15 April 1912

A quick guide to Charles Burney

A quick guide to Charles Burney

A brief look at the life and work of the great music historian

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