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December 16   -  

Dame Fanny Waterman retires from Leeds Piano competition

The co-founder, chair and artistic director of the prestigious competition steps down from her position, aged 95. / Interview: Dame Fanny Waterman at 90 / 95. Too early to retire! Dame Fanny Waterman has just announced that ...

December 14   -  

WNO puts opera's 'invisible people' on stage

Welsh National Opera performing project puts the spotlight on the stagehands / It’s not an entirely new concept, to put the backstage business of a theatre on the stage, and to turn the making of a show into the very subject of a show. ...

December 5   -  

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde: nothing in music was the same again

Bernstein called it ‘the central work of all music history’. Wagner’s radical music-drama was deemed unperformable when first written, but time has proved the Vienna Court Opera very wrong. Tom ...

December 2   -  

Wolfgang Rihm wins the Grawemeyer

$100,000 composing award honours the prolific 62-year-old musician / Composer Wolfgang Rihm has won the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer award for his 15-minute work In-Schrift 2. The award, worth $100,000, is given annually for ...

December 2   -  

10 of the best: Musical riots

In the 19th, 20th and even the 21st centuries, classical music has had the power to touch the rawest of nerves of taste, feeling, politics, and identity. Here’s our pick of the 10 most infamous musical riots. / Vienna, March 31st, 1913. ...

November 24   -  

Watch LCO & Jonny Greenwood - it's a big deal because it's no big deal

Check out the Boiler Room’s stream of a live collaboration between Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra. Groundbreaking and bold? Maybe; great music, yes, definitely. / The London Contemporary Orchestra makes its debut ...

November 21   -  

67P and the sounds of the universe

Listen to the strange music of the spheres with recordings gathered by spacecraft – and encounter the terrifying power of the cosmos / Space. The final frontier. And so are the sounds it makes. Yes, yes I know: there are no actual ...

November 19   -  

Bayreuth pulls the plug on controversial director

Performance artist Jonathan Meese, notorious for performing the Nazi salute on stage, will no longer direct Wagner’s Parsifal for the 2016 festival / With hindsight, it always looked likely to be another of those Bayreuth appointments ...

November 18   -  

10 of the best: where jazz meets classical

Fusion all too often means a hybrid that takes the bite out of both genres. Tom Service picks his 10 favourite moments when jazz met classical and the result was inspired rather than insipid / As the London jazz festival gets into full swing, ...

November 5   -  

The joy of sax: the 10 best orchestral saxophones

To mark the bicentenary of the birth of its inventor, Adolph Sax - surely the most famous musical-instrument maker Belgium has ever produced - we present 10 of his instruments finest classical moments / When Sax first produced the saxophone, ...
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