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First broadcast:
Friday 25 November 2011

Sue Perkins and Tom Service unravel everything you ever wanted to know about the symphony, but were too afraid to ask...

What relevance do symphonies have today? In Episode 5 of the series, the pair ask if the social and cultural ideas that gave birth to the symphony are still relevant today - and who's still composing symphonies at the dawn of the 21st century. Can you be considered a truly great composer if - like Chopin, Verdi and Delius - you haven't written one?

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You can also download the whole series as podcasts - visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/symphony.

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Henryk Mikolaj Górecki Symphony no. 3 Op.36 (Symphony of sorrowful songs) for soprano and orchestra

    Conductor: David ZINMAN Performer: Dawn UPSHAW - Soprano Performer: London Sinfonietta

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 7 in A major Op.92

    Conductor: Arturo TOSCANINI Performer: Nbc S O

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Symphony no. 4 in E minor Op.98

    Conductor: Carlos KLEIBER Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Symphony in B minor for piano duet

    Conductor: Jun MARKL Performer: Lyon National Orchestra

  • Image for Leif Segerstam

    Leif Segerstam Symphony no 182

    Performer: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


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