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Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

Seven of the best… works by Ernest Bloch

For Ernest Bloch's 136th birthday, Alec Evans selects the composer's finest works

Five essential works by Beethoven

Five essential works by Beethoven

We choose the best works by the musical revolutionary

The best pieces of festive classical music

The best pieces of festive classical music

The BBC Music Magazine team gather round the metaphorical fire to choose their favourite seasonal pieces

Nine unexpected uses of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'

Nine unexpected uses of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker'

How Tchaikovsky's ballet crops up here, there and everywhere in popular culture...

Five of the best modern Christmas carols

Five of the best modern Christmas carols

Composer and conductor John Rutter chooses five great Christmas works from the past 25 years

The best recordings of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony

The best recordings of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony

We explore the finest versions of Schubert's two-movement masterpiece

The best recordings of Handel’s Messiah

The best recordings of Handel’s Messiah

We name the recordings of this choral masterpiece that should have everyone shouting ‘Hallelujah!’

Five of the best ancient Christmas carols

Five of the best ancient Christmas carols

Director of The Sixteen Harry Christophers names his five favourite festive works from 1600 and before

Five essential works by Bartók

Five essential works by Bartók

We choose the best works by Hungary’s genuine folk artist

 Hallelujah! The story of Handel’s Messiah

Hallelujah! The story of Handel’s Messiah

George Pratt tells the story behind Handel's best-loved oratorio, the Messiah

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