Music

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

Few of even the greatest writers have managed to capture the emotional, elusive, essence of music

Inspirational amateur companies are flourishing, yet damned as elitist by London’s culture czars

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

The Scots, Welsh and Irish have an authentic tradition of folk songs. England demonstrably does not