Musical excellence can blunt the edge of political disputes
Is music expressing or evoking emotion?
Before his journey into atonality, Schoenberg composed the surprisingly accessible “Verklärte Nacht”
Schumann’s setting of Faust is an aesthetic and spiritual triumph—and can truly be called heavenly
Which finale for Beethoven’s Op 130 should you pick— cheerful sonata-rondo or a fugue like no other?
Music stirs our emotions more than anything we can see. But visual notation is alluring too
Classical music outfits must be open about their carbon footprints
Today’s anonymous conductors could take a leaf out of André Previn’s crowd-pleasing book
Only a few great composers are equally gifted writers: their work can be sacred or hatefully profane
The Concertgebouw’s trailblazing conductor sublimated his libido in worship of Hitler and Mussolini