The Quiet Road Forward

Why the "poor little dying girls" hold no interest for mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča

By Ben Finane

The Rise of Minimalism

A short history of the people and gestures that made a movement.

By Menon Dwarka

Listening with Cage It’s the centenary of John Cage’s birth. But are we really hearing him?

By Paul Griffiths



By Ben Finane

music + life

Attack of the Big Screens

Should concerts be seen and not heard?

By Colin Eatock

No Room to Hide

An introduction to the string quartets of Josef Haydn.

By Jens F. Laurson

Get Happy

Arrangements of show tunes for piano, by pianists.

By Ben Finane

A Multimedia Maestro

Esa-Pekka Salonen finds work as an app maker.

By Damian Fowler

Seeking Carlos

Maestro Carlos Kleiber holds the record for the greatest Beethoven Fifth.

By Daniel Felsenfeld



A Few Days in Provence

The Festival d’Aix offers riches in the sun.

By Ben Finane

Go West

Braving online instruction in classical music.

By Brian Wise

Naxos at Twenty-Five

Founder Klaus Heymann talks shop as the revolutionary label marks its silver anniversary.

By Bradley Bambarger

Restoration in the Rockies

Music and the great outdoors at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

By Ben Finane


Choir of King’s College Cambridge; Don Giovanni; Anne Sofie von Otter; Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky; Andsnes plays Beethoven; Apollo’s Fire; Gilbert conducts Nielsen; Carmen; Perahia’s box of Mozart; Venice by Night; William Lawes; Slatkin conducts Berlioz; La finta giardiniera; Schiff’s second Well-Tempered; Stephen Hough goes French; Janine Jansen; Aimard’s Preludes; Jordi Savall; Artemis Quartet; Stile Antico; Uchida plays Mozart; Joseph Calleja; and Two Lutes

A Quick One While He’s Away

From somewhere in Eastern Europe, Arvo Pärt answers an email.

By Ben Finane