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Wagner’s comedy is sometimes accused of being antisemitic. But does the evidence stack up?
Acts of remembrance
Commemorating those lost in the pandemic has not been possible. But we can mourn through music
The problem of Shostakovich
Does the idea of the composer covertly commenting on totalitarianism improve his music?
Mozart’s infinite riches
A single body of work, such as the piano concertos, can provide an inexhaustible spring of delight
A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasure
Chords and discords
Musical excellence can blunt the edge of political disputes
Notes on sounds and tones
Is music expressing or evoking emotion?
A marriage of Brahms and Wagner
Before his journey into atonality, Schoenberg composed the surprisingly accessible "Verklärte Nacht"
A glimpse of heaven
Schumann’s setting of Faust is an aesthetic and spiritual triumph—and now with a singer to match
Quandary for a quartet
Which finale for Beethoven’s Op 130 should you pick— cheerful sonata-rondo or a fugue like no other?
An autumn note
“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”
An ordinary killing
Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles
John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens