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Video of the day: Kronos Quartet play Terry Riley's Beebopterismo

Video of the day: Kronos Quartet play Terry Riley's Beebopterismo

Riley's piece includes plasma waves recorded by NASA's Voyager 1 and 2 probes
How do you write a TV theme for the BBC Proms? Ian Arber found out...

How do you write a TV theme for the BBC Proms?

An iconic festival, prime-time audience, and just 20 seconds to work with...it's not an everyday challenge, discovered composer Ian Arber

The best new classical albums: August 2019

Editor Martin Cullingford’s pick of the finest recordings from this month’s reviews
Video of the day: Mahan Esfahani on Bach's Toccatas

Video of the day: Mahan Esfahani on Bach's Toccatas

Esfahani discusses his latest recording for Hyperion: 'I think musicians who avoid Bach basically lack humility'
What makes a successful music festival? We ask Verbier's Executive Director Martin T:son Engstroem

Mr Classical Music Festivals

Martin T:son Engstroem talks to James Jolly about what makes a good music festival and the addition of two more summer festivals to his portfolio
Video of the day: The LSO and Sir Simon Rattle play Ravel in Trafalgar Square

Video of the day: The LSO and Sir Simon Rattle play Ravel in Trafalgar Square

Rattle leads the London Symphony Orchestra in Ravel's La valse
The beauty and truth of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared

The beauty and truth of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared

Nicky Spence explores Janáček's most personal, obsessive and confessional score
Working with Pavarotti: demands, differences & riveting results

Working with Pavarotti: demands, differences & riveting results

Recording Pavarotti in Otello meant balancing his very specific views with Sir Georg Solti’s often completely opposing ones, recalls producer Michael Haas – but the results were well worth it

Video of the day: Voces8 perform Paul Smith's beautiful Nunc Dimittis

Voces8 were recorded in Les Dominicains de Haute Alsace in Guebwiller, France
Matthew Barley: the cellist with the Midas touch

Matthew Barley: the cellist with the Midas touch

Melting barriers between classical, jazz and Indian music, Matthew Barley brings a uniquely free spirit to all he does – and his Tavener recording is no exception, writes Charlotte Gardner

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