Audio slideshow: The Nutcracker

Listen to music from Tchaikovsky's masterpiece

Andrew Poppy

We talk to the composer ahead of a performance of his music in the BBC Concert Orchestra's '19 eighties: the rhythm of a decade' concert

Five Britten highlights on Radio 3 this weekend

What to tune into over the centenary weekend

Suzi Digby

We talk to the choral conductor about guiding over 1,000 young singers through Handel's Messiah

James Gilchrist

We talk to the brilliant British tenor about performing Britten's War Requiem

A guide to the music of Sir John Tavener

We look at the unique genius of the great British composer who died this month

Gerald Finzi's Dies natalis

Read the text for Gerald Finzi's Dies natalis, one of the work's on this month's cover CD

Joyce DiDonato

We talk to the star of the opera world about her new disc, ReJOYCE

40 years of record label BIS

The independent classical label was founded 40 years ago this autumn – we take a look at some of their landmark releases

Gianandrea Noseda

We talk to the Italian conductor about his passion for the music of Giuseppe Verdi

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