Exploring the impact of Bach's St Matthew Passion on its first audiences in Leipzig. Read more
Music in Its Time
Bach: St Matthew Passion
Exploring the impact of Bach's St Matthew Passion on its first audiences in Leipzig.
Stephen Johnson on the reactions of the first audiences to Stravinsky's The Firebird.
Music in Its Time - Mahler's Symphony No 8
The 1910 premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, for which he hired impresario Emil Gutman.
Music in Its Time - Byrd: Mass for Four Voices
The secret performances of Byrd's masses in Elizabethan England.
Music in Its Time - Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
Stephen Johnson considers how Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony surprised its audience.
Music in Its Time - Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4
Stephen Johnson on Beethoven's decision to unveil three new works at one public concert.
Music in Its Time - Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
The spectacular state-of-the-art first performance of Handel's Royal Fireworks.