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How one woman immortalised the Gaelic musical folklore of the Hebridean islands.
Georgia Mann and neurosurgeon Henry Marsh explore the puzzle of Beethoven’s poor health.
Opening the secret FBI files on classical music's golden boy, Leonard Bernstein.
What composer Gabriel Prokofiev and I found in Putin's Moscow...
Six classic works of literature we wouldn't have read if they hadn't been smuggled...
Photographs by the jazz writer, social historian, acclaimed photographer Val Wilmer.
Lindsay Johns on the South African novelist & anti-apartheid freedom fighter Alex La Guma
Introducing Henry David Thoreau...
Marjorie Senechal on life inside America’s first institution for drug rehabilitation.
Seven images inspired by the grid
The field recordings Attenborough of music performances around the world.
Flor Edwards grew up believing the world would end when she was 12. This is her story.
We examine the field recordings he quietly amassed during his journeys across the globe.
Fiona J Mackenzie introduces Margaret Fay Shaw and the folksongs she collected.
Voices and sounds reveal previously untold stories... (Illustration: Caroline McArthur)
David Baddiel doesn't like classical music. We put him in a brain scanner to find out why
Parry's waning health and eventual death.