The work of the Continent’s great composers is rooted in a culture long predating the age of revolution

Young composers are still gripped by the urge to make music, and now to break down cultural barriers

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

In an era of fake reporting, the unlikely medium of opera offers a way to try to tell historical truth

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