Norman Lebrecht

Who’s the next Mr Preview?

Today’s anonymous conductors could take a leaf out of André Previn’s crowd-pleasing book

The adoration of the Maestro

The Concertgebouw’s trailblazing conductor sublimated his libido in worship of Hitler and Mussolini

Women storm the podium

In classical music nothing happens overnight, but the rise of female conductors marks a massive change

Opera’s Essence Is The Orchestra

The Vienna State Opera’s orchestra is fairly paid — and never has an off-night. London players aren’t so lucky

Forever Young

Daniel Barenboim, 75 this year, is a rarity: a classical musician whose voice is heard by world leaders

Done With Debussy

The French composer failed to understand the marvel of music — that notes can convey meaning

Political Misconduct

From Mengelberg and Furtwängler to Gergiev and Dudamel, conductors have been exploited by despots

Jerusalem The Golden Venue

A unique festival brings great musicians working for nothing to a city increasingly starved of culture

Is There A Bright Side To Brexit?

The referendum result poses risks — but also a chance to break the dependency culture of the arts

The Sound Of Silence

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is accident prone but a worthy successor to Horowitz and Richter

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"