Schumann

A surprising number of great composers were fond of the bottle – but can you hear it?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Brahms and Liszt’ is a lovely bit of rhyming slang, but it doesn’t have the ring of authenticity. Can you…

Late Brahms is wonderfully crafted - which is why it's so dull

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet begins, writes his biographer Jan Swafford, with ‘a gentle, dying-away roulade that raises a veil of autumnal…

‘Ashtray’ Annie Fischer was a piano giant. Why didn’t more people realise this?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

This year marks the centenary of a pianist whom London orchestral players nicknamed ‘Ashtray Annie’. Only at the keyboard did…

I think I've found the new Alfred Brendel

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Can you tell how intelligent a musician is by listening to him play? Last year I discovered a recording of…

The syphilitic sound of Schumann’s violin concerto is part of its genius

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Robert Schumann met a wretched end. He died in a lunatic asylum where he thought the nurses were feeding him…