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The Last Night of the Proms

The Last Night of the Proms

Watched by millions on TV, it’s the most famous annual concert in classical music and now part of the British social calendar. Roderick Swanston explains how the Last Night of the Proms began

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

Vote in our Opera World Cup!

Vote in our Opera World Cup!

What do you think is the Greatest Opera ever written? Have your say...

The 20 Greatest Tenors of all Time

Among the big-name opera stars and lower-key Lieder recitalists, who are the best tenors ever to have graced the stage? In 2008 we asked an expert panel to decide. Here are the results...

Six great contemporary operas

Six great contemporary operas

Which modern classics were nominated in our recent survey?

5 Simon Rattle career highlights

5 Simon Rattle career highlights

Ahead of the British conductor’s homecoming season, we take a look at some of the moments that shaped his career...

Rattle's best recordings

The BBC Music Magazine team choose five of our favourite Rattle recordings... 

3 reasons why you should be excited for Rattle’s return

3 reasons why you should be excited for Rattle’s return

As the British maestro prepares to pick up the baton on home turf, we look at what lies in store…

Rattle on the cover

Ahead of his return to the UK, we delve into the BBC Music Magazine archives and take a look at all our covers featuring Sir Simon Rattle

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

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