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July 21   -  

Too much Wagner? Try these instead

Next week, you can hear five complete Wagner operas at the Proms. But if that's not to your taste, here's an alternative listening guide / We're on a precipice, people; a precipice of Gods and monsters, heroes and dwarves, ...

July 16   -  

The Proms, week one

Tom Service picks his highlights from the first week: something old, done anew, and something new, that was long overdue / Every July, that velvet-clad Victorian coliseum in South Kensington becomes a weird temporal vortex: ...

June 27   -  

Why Rattle and the LSO would be a perfect match

With Gergiev's tenure ending in 2015, the LSO needs a new chief conductor. The energy and leadership that Rattle could bring to the job would have a catalytic effect on the musical life of the whole country / Just a wee ...

June 11   -  

Sex still sells classical music but attitudes are changing

Woman's Hour presenter Jenni Murray acknowledges a universal truth, but British orchestras are becoming more feminine across all departments / It is a truth universally acknowledged that marketing people use good-looking ...

May 31   -  

Beethoven's Ninth, the app: an Ode to iJoy

Tom Service reviews a classical music app that takes you to the heart of Beethoven's Ninth / The Philharmonia's Orchestra app last year was a huge step forward for classical music infotainment. This month sees the launch of ...

May 22   -  

Henri Dutilleux dies aged 97

French composer Henri Dutilleux has died at the age of 97, it was announced earlier today. / I recently wrote about his exquisite catalogue of pieces in my contemporary music guide. His is music of luminous enchantment that was only becoming ...

May 20   -  

Contemporary classical music guide round-up

Choosing just 50 composers to tell the story of the contemporary classical music scene has been a rich and rewarding experience, but I'm only too aware of the ones that got away / Well, it was never going to be possible to be ...

May 8   -  

Steve Martland: an appreciation

The Liverpudlian composer's music is full of top tunes, infectious rhythmic power, and bold, poster-paint colours, writes Tom Service. / Steve Martland, whose death from a heart attack at 53 has just been announced, was an ...

May 7   -  

A guide to Karlheinz Stockhausen's music

Our contemporary composers series ends with the most divisive figure of them all: Stockhausen / Karlheinz Stockhausen has arguably done more to transform 20th- and 21st-century music than any other single composer: from ...

April 30   -  

Sound and Music: A new era dawns

Sound and Music has gone back to basics. Is it time to call for an end to hostilities and get behind the new-model institution? / To say that Sound and Music was an institution in need of a rebrand this time last year is ...

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