Stephen Johnson considers how Shostakovich's Symphony No 5 surprised it's first audience
8/10 Stephen Johnson considers how Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony surprised its audience.
Stephen Johnson considers how Byrd's Mass for 4 voices was received by its first audience
7/10 The secret performances of Byrd's masses in Elizabethan England.
Stephen Johnson considers how Mahler's Symphony no 8 was received by its first audience.
6/10 The 1910 premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, for which he hired impresario Emil Gutman.
5/5 Novelist Rachel Joyce on how Charlotte Bronte reacted to becoming a literary sensation.
4/5 Jane Shilling explores a letter Charlotte Bronte wrote shortly before beginning Jane Eyre.
3/5 Lyndall Gordon examines Charlotte Bronte's response to advice from poet Robert Southey.
2/5 Claire Harman on the two years Charlotte Bronte spent as a mature student in Belgium.