Quandary for a quartet

Which finale for Beethoven’s Op 130 should you pick— cheerful sonata-rondo or a fugue like no other?

Settling scores

Music stirs our emotions more than anything we can see. But visual notation is alluring too

Time to learn new tunes

Classical music outfits must be open about their carbon footprints

Who’s the next Mr Preview?

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

Virtuosos of the written word

Why don’t great composers write great prose? A literary and musical mystery

The adoration of the Maestro

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

Describing the indescribable

Very few of our greatest writers have managed to capture the emotional essence of music

The threepenny opera boom

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

Women storm the podium

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

There’s nowt so fake as “folk”

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

Underrated: Abroad

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"