Classical music

berlin petrenko

I’m still not wholly convinced by Kirill Petrenko: Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall reviewed

May 28, 2020 1:14 pm

The orchestra’s online archive offers an impressive spread of performances, including Rattle conducting Tom and Jerry and a Karajan concert that is appalling and magnificent

anton bruckner

The best recordings of Bruckner’s Eighth, the greatest symphony

May 14, 2020 4:17 pm

Some of the old-timers who you might expect to be in tune with Bruckner’s Eighth now seem rather superficial, including Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer

passion

The best recordings of my favorite Passion

April 9, 2020 3:56 pm

The St Matthew is all about drawing us in closer, giving us time to reflect, feel, interject, to doubt even

haydn

The joy of Haydn’s string quartets

April 2, 2020 3:40 pm

Haydn survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration

bach

Rescued by the Goldberg Variations

March 12, 2020 3:15 pm

Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott reviewed

birmingham

Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

January 30, 2020 1:43 pm

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Richard Bratby reviewed

beethoven

Beethoven or bust

January 24, 2020 7:11 pm

Reflecting on the hard-thinking, beer-drinking spiritual gambler

2019

Why 2019 has been a wonderful year

December 28, 2019 11:19 am

There will never be an age limit for skiing in Gstaad because most rich people don’t ski

maria grinberg

Ave, Maria Grinberg

December 4, 2019 8:53 am

How the Soviets stopped you from hearing her Beethoven piano sonatas

ennio morricone

‘Darmstadt taught me how to compose’: Ennio Morricone interviewed

October 25, 2018 11:09 am

The 91-year-old pop-cultural phenomenon is actually a major modernist composer hiding in plain sight

The virtuoso virtue-signallers of classical music

July 6, 2018 3:42 pm

Music is no longer taught as music, but as social history or an exercise in building self-esteem.