Classical Music

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

Music appreciation should be a part of every schoolchild’s life, and the BBC Proms play a vital part in lifelong musical education

A unique festival brings great musicians working for nothing to a city increasingly starved of culture

Roger Scruton’s book on Wagner argues that The Ring is one of the most important works of art produced in the past 200 years

Despite the retreat from faith, many modern composers are inspired by true spirituality

The Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov is accident prone but a worthy successor to Horowitz and Richter

We should welcome the belated rediscovery of this neglected giant of 20th-century music