Violin Concerto in D major Opus 77 (3) Johannes Brahms Download 'Violin Concerto in D major Opus 77 (3)' on iTunes
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Classic FM's essential Christmas music
The Nutcracker is something of a Christmas tradition. The festive tale of a toy soldier that comes to life has endured over the years and been subject to some radical retellings (Matthew Bourne's is pictured). But it's Tchaikovsky's music at the centre that makes it that little bit more special.