Meistersinger rehabilitated

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

Well-tempered tones

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

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens