Jonathan Gaisman

Wagnerian feminism

Director Willy Decker makes a plausible case that the eternal  feminine underpins The Ring

Will the genius of the common law survive?

The cornerstone of our legal system has withstood the encroachments of EU and statute law, but the jury is out on its long-term future 

The heights of Joseph Haydn

Mozart’s great contemporary should be regarded as his equal, particularly in his string quartets

Enchanted garden of song

A dozen of the best Schubert Lieder to take the listener beyond the three great song cycles

Cornish master class in the art of the sublime

How an inspiring Hungarian violinist created a musical community at IMS Prussia Cove

The Play’s The Thing, So Leave The Words Alone

Our theatre is amongst the best in the world, but prone to cheap, jarring adaptations. Classical texts, like music, should be respected

Contemplating the abyss

Bruckner and Mahler were very different but their epic ninth symphonies have much in common

Who Will Do Justice To Our Judiciary?

Since Tony Blair all but abolished the position of Lord Chancellor in 2005, English judges have been without the champion they need

His Master’s Voice: Scruton On Wagner

Roger Scruton's book on Wagner argues that The Ring is one of the most important works of art produced in the past 200 years

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"