Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Gelb cannot fill New York’s opera house. Can it be saved from terminal decline?

Ferruccio Busoni’s music embodied European unity yet the anniversary of his birth passed without notice