Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
The Soviet Valkyrie
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Ravel's Bolero: an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure?
When Tolkien Stole Wagner's Ring
Susan Hitch explores connections between Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring.
Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on fin-de-siecle British culture.
The Rise of the Cossacks
Alexander Kan investigates how Cossacks have been portrayed in art, literature, and music.
Wagner in France
Wagner's relationship with French music and ideas. Tim Blanning and Sarah Hibberd discuss.
Music journalist Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's The Planets.
This Country Called Russia
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of the Red Princess, Sofka Skipworth.
What Visions Have I Seen
Folklorist Steve Roud surveys the summer customs of Britain.
Elgar and Bantock in Birmingham
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
The Albertopolis of the South
Lesley Chamberlain on Prince Albert's German recreation of Britain in the Great Exhibition
The Music of Radio Times
As Radio Times reaches 90, Simon Elmes explores the musical world celebrated in its pages.
Friedrich Nietzsche's Horrible Music
Tom Service finds out about the music composed by philosopher Friedrich Nietszche.
Feeding the Bears
Writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explores the world of bears.
Conversations with Directors and Film Composers
Tom Service is joined by ten-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Horner.
Tom Service talks to Carter Burwell, famed for scoring the films of the Coen brothers.
Ken Loach and George Fenton
Tom Service is joined by celebrated film director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton.
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Armstrong
Tom Service talks to director Baz Luhrmann and composer Craig Armstrong.
Sound and Fury
Trevor Cox on how soundscapes and sound effects are used to create emotion in the cinema.
An Interview with Neil Tennant
Singer Neil Tennant, who grew up in North Shields, talks to Philip Dodd about his career.
The well-groomed Georgian
Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth
Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth.
Racial Dating Preferences
Is having a racial preference problematic?
Alice Sara Ott: Leading concert pianist
In rehearsal with the German-Japanese musician as she prepares for live shows in Europe
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.