Music

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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…

The ideal place to hear classical concerts

6 April 2013 9:00 am

What sort of room do you prefer to hear classical concerts in? We have all got used to industrial-strength symphony…

Parsifal at Salzburg Easter Festival

6 April 2013 9:00 am

To hear Christian Thielemann conduct the Dresden Staatskapelle in Wagner’s ‘stage consecration play’, in Salzburg at Easter, proved a musical…

Beethoven at dinner parties: how to bluff it

16 March 2013 9:00 am

I’ve just been reunited with a man whose pungent and patronising views on great composers have haunted me for more…

David Bowie: great expectations

If David Bowie really has returned to form, I’ll cry

9 March 2013 9:00 am

I haven’t heard the David Bowie album yet, but the Amazon order is in and Postie has been alerted as…

Class prejudice is keeping talented children out of classical music

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Musicians have always had an uncertain social status in England, the traditional reactions varying from amused condescension to mild repulsion.…

Why can’t the British pop industry launch new acts that last?

9 February 2013 9:00 am

It’s all been happening in the pop world since I was last here. David Bowie released a new song, arguably…

Making music

9 February 2013 9:00 am

Since the birth of the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster in the late 1990s, the record industry has been the unwilling…

Changing habits

2 February 2013 9:00 am

The question of who is going to buy EMI Classics has arisen once again in the past few days with…

Rediscovering Spotify

26 January 2013 9:00 am

All my life I’ve wanted to be able to write confidently about orchestral performances and I think I may have…

Wielding the axe

12 January 2013 9:00 am

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling a bit sorry for Mike Harding. The long-serving host of BBC Radio 2’s…

If the price is right …

5 January 2013 9:00 am

The question of who is going to buy EMI Classics took up most of 2012 and seems destined to run…

Chorus of approval

15 December 2012 9:00 am

Is there anything more essential to one’s well-being than the sound of an English choir at evensong? Is there, for…

The quiz biz

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Come December, I often find myself writing a lot of quizzes. Not that I’m complaining: I love writing quizzes, and…