Discovering Music

Who is Aida Garifullina?

Who is Aida Garifullina?

We give you the lowdown on the soprano who sang at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

What is a... Prommer?

What is a... Prommer?

Ivan Hewett takes a closer look at the tradition of queueing for music.

Nine of the best... classical works inspired by the sun

Nine of the best... classical works inspired by the sun

Freya Parr takes a look at the sunny side of classical music

Six of the best… lesser-known pieces by Soviet composers

Six of the best… lesser-known pieces by Soviet composers

We look back over a politically charged era in Russian history, and the legendary music that was written as a result

Six of the best... bagpipe tunes

Six of the best... bagpipe tunes

After revealing to BBC Music Magazine that he wants to learn the bagpipes, we have come up with some of the best (and most eclectic) tunes for Paul Lewis to play

The best pieces for flute: our top picks

The best pieces for flute: our top picks

The BBC Music Magazine team choose their favourite works for flute

Looking back on 75 years of Desert Island Discs

Looking back on 75 years of Desert Island Discs

We reflect on the programme’s most popular choices, and the BBC Music Magazine team choose the pieces they would happily be stranded on an island with.

Boris Giltburg on performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Boris Giltburg on performing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2

Boris Giltburg takes us on a musical journey through one of the most exhilarating and intense works in the piano repertoire

Classical voice types

George Hall untangles the complex world of the operatic voice type

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

Why didn’t famous composers write national anthems?

National anthems are among the most regularly heard and instantly recognisable pieces of music of all, so why have virtually none been written by well-known composers? Alex Marshall investigates...

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