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Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

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15 things we love about the BBC Proms...

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The Proms Guide, the queues, the flag waving...everything, in short, that makes the BBC Proms the best classical music festival in the world.

The best classical music for summer

The best classical music for summer

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Rattle on the cover

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George Gershwin: He had rhythm, he had music…

George Gershwin: He had rhythm, he had music…

For all its jazz-inspired catchiness and easy-going charm, Gershwin’s unique musical world deserves to be taken much more seriously than it generally has been, says Geoff Brown

Classical voice types

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Vivaldi, the toast of Britain?

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Why should composers write for amateur musicians?

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Wagner's leitmotifs

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Parsifal

Composed: 1877-82

Premiered: 20 July 1882, Bayreuth

Amfortas, King of the Grail Knights, has been in constant pain and shame ever since losing the Holy Spear when led sensuously astray in the neighbouring realm of the conniving Klingsor. Retrieving the spear falls to the unwary, innocent Parsifal, who nearly succumbs to the same charms, courtesy of the alluring Kundry, but snaps to his senses. His journey to return to the Grail castle and cure Amfortas’s suffering takes many years, but the outcome is an exultant one.

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