World of Music

The best recordings of Elgar's Symphony No. 1

The best recordings of Elgar's Symphony No. 1

Acknowledged as a masterpiece, Elgar’s First remains arguably the finest symphony ever written by a British composer. We seek out the best recording of the many available...

Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

Playing for laughs: How comedians use classical music

When music takes itself too seriously, there’s a comedian waiting in the wings to bring it back down to earth. One such exponent, Rainer Hersch, looks back at how his predecessors have raised their laughs by sending-up classical music

Royal Festival Hall - memories of a concert-goer

Royal Festival Hall - memories of a concert-goer

Bayan Northcott casts his mind back to the early 1950s, when a brand new venue welcomed concert-goers to London's South Bank.

Five of the best recordings by Sir Thomas Beecham

Five of the best recordings by Sir Thomas Beecham

Which are the must-hear discs by this legendary British conductor?

Six of the best… works by Grażyna Bacewicz

Six of the best… works by Grażyna Bacewicz

We name the must-hear pieces by the Polish composer

Six of the best works by William Boyce

Six of the best works by William Boyce

Discover some fantastic music from the master of English Baroque

Nine unmissable recordings by Bernard Haitink

Nine unmissable recordings by Bernard Haitink

Which are the best discs by the Dutch conductor?

Six of the best classical pieces on film

Six of the best classical pieces on film

We choose six of the most unexpected and imaginative uses of classical music on the silver screen

Nine of the most inspirational Debussy works

Nine of the most inspirational Debussy works

Top performers tell us which of the French composer's works they most love

An Introduction to Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande

An Introduction to Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande

Dip into Debussy's otherwordly opera about love, desire and power

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