Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht

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

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

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