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Nine unexpected uses of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'

Nine unexpected uses of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'

How Tchaikovsky's ballet crops up here, there and everywhere in popular culture...

Five of the best modern Christmas carols

Five of the best modern Christmas carols

Composer and conductor John Rutter chooses five great Christmas works from the past 25 years

The best recordings of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony

The best recordings of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony

We explore the finest versions of Schubert's two-movement masterpiece

The best recordings of Handel’s Messiah

The best recordings of Handel’s Messiah

We name the recordings of this choral masterpiece that should have everyone shouting ‘Hallelujah!’

Five of the best ancient Christmas carols

Five of the best ancient Christmas carols

Director of The Sixteen Harry Christophers names his five favourite festive works from 1600 and before

Five essential works by Bartók

Five essential works by Bartók

We choose the best works by Hungary’s genuine folk artist

 Hallelujah! The story of Handel’s Messiah

Hallelujah! The story of Handel’s Messiah

George Pratt tells the story behind Handel's best-loved oratorio, the Messiah

The best recordings of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata

The best recordings of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata

We select the finest recordings on disc of Beethoven’s legendary piano work

Six of the best musical scores for theatre

Six of the best musical scores for theatre

Adrian Sutton, composer of the West End production of War Horse, chooses some of the finest works of musical theatre

Five essential works by Samuel Barber

Five essential works by Samuel Barber

We choose some of the finest works by the last great American Romantic

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