September 2016


The 20 Greatest Symphonies


We asked over 150 leading international conductors to tell us which symphonies they believe are the greatest ever written. Now, we reveal the results.

James Naughtie interviews… 

The British violinist Jennifer Pike

Fields of conflict

The real story behind Vaughan Williams's 'Pastoral' Third Symphony

Charles Gounod

The 19th-century French opera superstar's rise and dramatic fall from grace

Fingers on buzzers…

We tackle a few tricky questions in the company of Counterpoint, BBC Radio 4's much-loved music quiz 


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