8/10 Stephen Johnson considers how Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony surprised its audience.
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Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of Tudor composer John Sheppard.
Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of composer Francesco Scarlatti.
7/10 The secret performances of Byrd's masses in Elizabethan England.
6/10 The 1910 premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, for which he hired impresario Emil Gutman.
Tom Service meets trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger and explores Philip Glass's Akhnaten.
Tom Service profiles composer Gyorgy Kurtag and hears from pianist Boris Giltburg.
Michael Berkeley's guest is journalist Katharine Whitehorn.
Lang Lang talks to Tom Service about his pianistic heroes and his involvement in education
Art critic Waldemar Januszczak introduces a selection of music from the Renaissance era.