Composers

How the KGB infiltrated classical music

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Spare a thought for Emil Gilels, still revered today by Russians as the foremost pianist of the Soviet era. The…

The day I tried to rescue the alcoholic former Master of the Queen’s Music

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I was looking forward to going to Malcolm Williamson’s opera English Eccentrics set to a text by Edith Sitwell at…

Spectator letters: The country that didn’t want its treasure back

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Safe keeping? Sir: James Delingpole will be relieved to hear that not everyone follows the fashion for demanding repatriation of…

Hit Liszt

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Damian Thompson highlights the gems among the prolific and pilloried composer’s nine million notes