Music

How to conduct a Tallis motet in a cardboard cathedral

2 November 2013 9:00 am

To undertake a concert tour of New Zealand’s cathedrals at the moment is to be constantly reminded of the destructive…

Damian Thompson: I may be in danger of becoming an opera queen

26 October 2013 9:00 am

It’s taken 40 years, but I’ve finally developed a taste for the one type of classical music that I couldn’t…

Talk Talk bears repetition

12 October 2013 9:00 am

First impressions always count, and they are almost always wrong. This is particularly pertinent if you review albums for a…

Does London really need another concert hall?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Does London need another concert hall? Or, to put it more precisely, does London need another chamber music hall? The…

Music at Mass is theological warfare by other means

28 September 2013 9:00 am

How many battles have been fought over sacred music throughout history? The noise you make when you worship is a…

Pop: You'd love Love and Money, too - if only you'd heard of them

14 September 2013 9:00 am

How and when do you become ‘a fan’, exactly? You can usually spot pop stars who are losing touch with…

Musicians are roasting at the Proms; freezing at the Bachathon

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Gossip that an orchestral player fainted while performing in the Albert Hall during the recent heatwave points to a strange…

Happy 80th birthday, Dame Janet Baker

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Michael Kennedy salutes the mezzo-soprano Janet Baker,who celebrates her 80th birthday next week

Hell is other people’s taste in music

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘I don’t really like most of the music you play,’ said the tall blonde woman with whom I share my…

70th anniversary of Composer of the Week

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Mention of the 70th anniversary of Composer of the Week brings to mind a distinguished list of long-running programmes on…

Why has nobody heard of the miraculous Czech composer Zelenka?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

When I was in my late twenties I discovered the joy of drinking alone. Well, perhaps ‘joy’ is putting it…

The last taboo in pop: fat old men

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about Glastonbury. I wasn’t there, I never have been and, unless forced…

Fête de la Musique: Couldn’t we just get over ourselves, risk a bit of foreign and join

6 July 2013 9:00 am

One of the many cultural initiatives to have come out of France in the past 50 years — and therefore…

Satisfaction guaranteed: Mick Jagger

The Stones at Glastonbury: the greatest show EVER

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Yes, I’m sorry, the Stones at Glastonbury really were that good and if you weren’t there I’m afraid you seriously…

‘It was like 26-dimensional chess’: Roger Wright on managing the Proms

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Kate Chisholm talks to the director of the BBC Proms about the challenges of coming up with 75 nightly programmes

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…

Has music died? If not, where are the new decent pop tunes?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

I am suffering, as we all do from time to time, from a shortage of decent new tunes. Of course,…

Music: the German love affair with all things British

1 June 2013 9:00 am

The current love affair that the Germans seem to be having with all things British has deep roots. It was…

Four recordings of Beethoven’s Ninth on a £10 app

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Last weekend my iPad sucked me deeper into Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony than I thought possible. Deutsche Grammophon and Touch Press…

Chic’s Nile Rodgers on Daft Punk’s new single

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Every new product, whatever it is, needs a bit of ‘buzz’, and indeed vast numbers of people around the world…

Pick of the Proms

4 May 2013 9:00 am

With the publication of this year’s Proms brochure it is clear that what was already large has just become larger;…

Interview with the musician Paul Lewis

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Michael Henderson meets the musician Paul Lewis

Are today's composers up to the challenge of writing sublime music?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

When we describe music as ‘sublime’, what do we mean? For the Romans, sublimis signified greatness beyond measure. In the…

Richard Wagner at 200

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Michael Tanner on why we should celebrate the controversial German genius, born 200 years ago

The brilliant fun of Bryan Ferry’s The Jazz Age

13 April 2013 9:00 am

When you can do anything you like, what do you do? In Bryan Ferry’s case, the answer seems to be…