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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
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
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
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above